When It’s Time To Intervene: Tips on Selecting an Intervention Specialist

Intervention
A family intervention, when well executed, can be an extremely powerful and potentially life-saving tool. The act of coming together as a family (with friends, other supports) to discuss a person’s substance abuse or other addiction can make the difference between a person accepting help, and a person continuing their downward and often deadly spiral deeper into their addiction(s). It...

Stages Of Change

Stages Of Change
Why do some people stop using drugs and alcohol when it becomes a problem while others do not? A person’s ability to make important changes in his or her life depends on a number of variables. These range from external factors like financial resources or social support, to internal obstacles like fear or ambivalence. While external barriers are very...

Addiction, Sobirety, And Spirituality

Addiction Sobirety And Spirituality
The following article is the continuation of a two part article on the importance of Spirituality in long term recovery which was in our June issue. For those who want to read part one, go to www.thesoberworld.com Several other studies have suggested that 12-step attendance helps promote long-term abstinence for many people (Warfield & Goldstein, 1996; Bradley, 1988; and, Gorski...

Back to the Basics of Recovery – Step Two

Back to the Basics of Recovery - Step Two
Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity. In the first article of this series, I presented some of the guidelines that AA sponsors used in the 1940’s to take newcomers through the Twelve Steps in a couple of hours. I listed the “Big Book” passages they employed to take the first step in...

When Teens Abuse Drugs – Why It Matters When Kids Experiment With Drugs And Alcohol

Teens Abuse Drugs
https://www.thesoberworld.com/2019/10/01/drugs-and-the-black-american-songbook/Adolescent drug, tobacco and alcohol abuse is a pervasive problem around the world. Addiction and its medical consequences have been called the most costly health problem in America today. In the United States, nearly one in three teens and pre-teens have experimented with illegal drugs by the time they complete the 8th grade, and 40% have tried alcohol. 90...

The Continuum Of Care

The continuum of care
The Continuum Of Care: Years ago addicts and alcoholics were seen as morally deficient criminals and a nuisance to society. We have come a long way over the last couple decades in educating the public and the government to comprehend that addiction is a disease and those inflicted should be treated as such. We now have specialized Courts such...

Addiction, Sobriety, And Spirituality

Addiction Sobriety And Spirituality
The following is a two part article on the importance of spirituality in long term recovery. Since before the advent of Alcoholics Anonymous spirituality, religiosity, or some belief in a higher power has been thought to be one of the driving forces in someone attaining and maintaining sobriety from alcohol and/or drugs (Steiker & Pape, 2008 and Cheever, 2004). This...

Back to the Basics of Recovery: Overview

Back to the Basics of Recovery
Back to the Basics of Recovery: As an A.A. archivist and historian, I have had open access to many of the A.A. archival collections throughout the United States and Canada. In addition, I have interviewed several hundred A.A. old-timers who found a solution to their drinking problem in the 1940’s and 1950’s. In this and subsequent articles, I will present...

Six Styles Of Enabling

Six Styles Of Enabling
I wanted to share this article that the Parents Support Group in New Jersey was kind enough to allow us to print in The Sober World. ________________________________________________________________ Enabling includes a superstructure of perspectives which many people relate to in terms offostering chemical dependency in one with whom one has a continuous relationship.No single definition is agreed upon by all professionals. The...

What Are the Most Common Eating Disorders?

Common Eating Disorders
Eating disorders constitute a spectrum of disorders from anorexia to bulimia and binge eating disorder. Binge eating disorder is the most common eating disorder in the U.S., where an estimated 1 to 5 percent of the population has been affected, according to the National Eating Disorders Association. The National Institute of Mental Health estimates that 1.1 to 4.2 percent of...