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Relapse is not part of recovery

Posted by mandy on August 2nd, 2012

Alcohol has been long considered as the number one substance being abused by people who have trouble coping up with the multitude of problems in this world. Without a ready and solid support system, a person turns to drinking uncontrollably and makes alcohol their emotional clutch. By ingesting substantial amounts of alcohol at almost any time of the day, they get drunk and lost in a world in which there are no problems, no concerns, no stress, and no responsibilities. Alcohol paints an unreal picture of perfection and when it happens, that’s when the real problem starts.

But there is help available for people who are willing to change their life and stay sober free forever and one of them is to enroll in Alcoholics Anonymous  or  widely known as AA. Their 12 steps serves as a clear, spiritual direction on the road to recovery. These series of affirmations were first started in 1935 by Bill Wilson and Dr. Bob Smith. The initial step is admitting that one is “powerless” over the alcoholic drink and knowing and realizing that their lives has gone awry and they can no longer manage it without help or aid from other people specifically this group of unknowns who has undergone and is undergoing recovery themselves.

The founders of AA have stressed the need for first name basis when dealing with people with alcohol addiction. The other 11 steps included knowing that a superior and far greater Power will help them back to being their good old selves again, making a firm decision that the Supreme Being will help them, being humble enough to ask for forgiveness for all the wrongs one has done and to remove them from their lives and all other steps involves being aware of one’s frailty and weakness of combating alcoholism and the need for spiritual strength.

Alcoholics Anonymous has been largely successful in dealing with people who have alcohol problems but lately, there are reports that relapse which is common in an addictive state has gone alarmingly high. As much as 90% of those recovering alcoholics has “slipped” so to speak and has gone back to drinking again. Relapse is part of the illness or addiction and should not be considered as an expected outcome of the recovery steps. Before, the 12 steps has been the focal point of the AA but nowadays, the meetings has been receiving much of the attention, hence ,the high percentage of relapse reported.

Relapse will always be part of the addiction or the disease. Recovering alcoholics will find themselves not alone in this situation and they are part of the aforementioned 90% who suffers from relapse at least once before attaining their goal of sobriety. Experts say that picking up a drink after being sober for so long is not the definitive sign that you have backtracked. Relapse starts when one feels a change or difference in your attitude towards the recovery. If you feel that being sober and staying sober is no longer an important decision, then you might be on your way to slipping through the cracks.

Another sign that will signal you are on the brink of relapse is when there is a gradual increase or steady presence of stress in your life brought by trivial reasons or major ones. Other signs are social withdrawal or feelings of isolation, loss of structure in daily activities, inability to make sound decisions, the sense of being out of control and so many more feelings of inadequacy. These will lead you to reach out for your “Emotional Crutch” again everything you have worked for your recovery goes down the drain.

Yes, relapse maybe expected but it can be prevented. By staying as close to the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous and being true to the guiding principles, there will always be a way out of the much dreaded relapse. With God as the center of your recovery, spiritual awakening is at hand which is the main key to the road of success-that is, a life lived to the fullest without alcohol!

Amy Barrett is director of Marketing for www.drugrehabcomparison.com and www.drugrehablog.com  follow Amy on google +Facebook or Twitter

First Impressions a Big Part in Selling Your Home

Posted by mandy on September 17th, 2011

If you are in the market to finance and buy a new home and you have an existing home its essential that you get the best possible price for it.  You should put quite a bit of effort into preparing your old home to sell.  This preparation will pay off for you in that you will sell it quickly and get a good price for it. You can put a lot of money into preparing it for sale – but you may not get it back when you sell.

Here are some steps you can take, that will not cost you a lot of money.

First of all prepare to do some yard work.  There’s nothing better you can do to improve the street appeal of your home.  Mow the lawn, clip the bushes, trim the trees, and sweep up.

Next clean your windows on both sides.  This greatly improves the appearance of a home.  Clean up any peeling paintwork around the windows too.  And make sure the doorbell works!

In the house interior clean all rooms including the walls and floors.  If the paint work is in bad repair it is a good idea to put a fresh coat on it.  If any furniture is part of the deal make sure they are spotless too.  Closets should be clean and organized.  Pay particular attention to the kitchen and bathrooms.  If these areas  are dirty it could really be a deal breaker.

Make sure that appliances that are included with the sale work and that faucets are working properly.   Make the house smell good!!  Get an air freshener – or if you are a cook….prepare a nice apple pie before showing the house.  Fresh flowers placed around the house is another good idea.  You can also have some light music playing in the background.

All of these things will play a part in successfully selling your home.  You want the prospective buyer to build an emotional bond with the home.  This will help tp ensure you sell the home quickly – and get the price you are looking for.

Information provided by Refinance Calculators helping provide real estate financial information.

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