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How Can I Calm My Mind?! 
There is so much going on in my head every single day that I can't make it stop, focus on anything else, or even sleep at night. It's almost unbearable …

Salvage My Marriage After My Alcoholism 
I am sadly a recovering alcoholic. Though I had "reasons" to use that as my way to numb the things that hurt me, it has our marriage on the edge of the …

Do I Have a Problem and Need to Seek Help? 
To start I have been attending a self help group for people who have been with addicts or around them to figure out why and to deal with the issues that …

Does Alcohol Just Effect Me Differently Now Or Is Something Else Going On? 
I was drinking heavily for about 10 years before scary things started happening which made me cut back significantly, but I'm looking for some insight …

Different Tests, Different Results. Am I an Alcoholic? 
I am 26 years old, and recently I realized that I’ve been drinking more than I used to. I then looked at AA’s 20 questions test to see if I was an alcoholic. …

Is the Effectiveness of Anti Depressants, Antipsychotics or benzodiazepines Compromoised by Drinking Alcohol? 
I am a 49 year old male originally from London UK now living in Perth. I am married with three children. I have been an alcoholic since age seventeen. …

Ups and Downs, I Am Lost. I Am The Alcoholic 
I have been with my boyfriend for 2 years. It came to our attention pretty early that I am an alcoholic. In June of 2010 I made the commitment to quit. …

I Desperately Need Help For My Crack Addiction 
I am struggling with a disease. This disease named, Crack. It has taken over my life for about 8 years now and I don't know how to cure it. I need help. …

I Need Help Quitting 2 Year Addiction to Pain Pills 
I became addicted to prescription pain medicine about 2 years ago after a back injury at work. I was 23 at the time and my Dr put me on Percocet for about …

I've Been Attending NA/AA Meetings For About 40 Days and I Feel Overwhelmed and Sad. When Will My Mood Improve? 
I've been sober since May 13, 2011. Recovery really sucks. I have a sponsor and I call somebody EVERY FREAKING DAY! I don't feel like this is worthwhile. …

How Long Would I Stay in Rehab? 
I'm seventeen years old and have had a drug addiction problem since I was twelve. I want to turn myself in but want to know how long I'd have to be there …

I Think I May Be an Alcoholic 
I have been drinking since I turned 21, and I will be 32 next month. In the past year, I have seen disturbing patterns develop with my drinking. I have …

I'm 24, Female, and I Think I've Been an Alcoholic for 10 years. Help! 
As I said, I am a 24 year old female. I had a rather depressing childhood and family situation, but was brought up well and am quite intelligent and a …

Treatment Options for Alcoholism and Withdrawal? 
I've finally admitted I'm an alcoholic. For almost exactly a year now I've been drinking between about 6-10 drinks every day, sometimes more, rarely less. …

My Husband Hates AA and I Get No Support 
I was a mess when we met. Just out of my first marriage where ex at the time was threatening to take my child etc. In the meantime all has been restored, …

I'm only 16, Can I Really Be Addicted? 
I just turned sixteen years old on May 4th and I'm having the time of my life. I've been noticing a few things though ... I'm always unhappy with myself …

Drink a Lot ... or Alcoholic? 
I drink say 2 on Mondays, 3 Tuesday, 5 Wed, 5 Thurs, 8 Fri, 12 Sat, Sun 3 half-litres of Czech beer. I never loose control, I enjoy touch rugby more than …

I Can't Think of Myself as an Alcoholic. Does That Mean I'm in Denial? 
I've had a medical detox from alcohol and I know drinking caused alot of problems for me, but I don't think of myself as an alcoholic. But there again, …

Why Do I Drink When I Don't Want to Drink.  
I grew up the oldest of 17 children in a 3 bedroom, 1 bath house with two alcoholic parents. Violence was constant and frightening. A peculiar mental …

I Was More Fun as a Drunk Alcoholic, But Thank God I Quit! 
I was an alcoholic for 30 years, and am sober for 4 months. It sounds really strange, but my relationships were better and more fun as a drunk. Since being …

My Heroin Habit: I Just Want To Tell Someone! 
I've been using heroin (and morphine if H is unavailable) for about two years now, however I do not consider myself an addict. I use two or three times …

Can You Smoke Prescribed Marijuana in AA ? 
I stopped drinking years ago after going to AA meetings. I'm still very active and have no desire to drink. I have a spiritual practice and I live a healthy …

Can You Be A Functional Alcoholic? 
Never was skid row drunk. Held down a good job. Never missed work. Never drove drunk. Seldom missed a day for 30 years I did not drink hard from 6 pm …

How Can I Aid My Wife in Her Recovery Due to My Alcoholism? 
I checked myself into rehab a few weeks ago. My marriage is in dire straights and I want to do everything I can to aid in my wife's recovery. There …

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Are There Withdrawals from Vicodin or other Pain Killers? 
I'm wondering if there is withdrawal symptoms after taking vicodin or other painkillers, and if so what are they and how long do they usually last? …

I Was Supposed to Check into Rehab this morning... 
...I'm still sitting here on this computer. Scared to freaking death. I am a very strong woman who can face anything that life throws at me. Except this. …

Is IT (Life) Worth It? ... 100 Days Into Recovery but Have No Joy or Happiness 
I started drinking at the age of 12 and progressed to the point where now at 38, I realized I had to stop or die be it from alcohol related health problems …

I've Been Addicted to Oxy for Almost 4 Years ... How the h-e- double hockey sticks do I bring up a conversation like "I Need Help" to my parents??? 
Not sure exactly what to put here, I guess .. Um. .. well anyways. I was a completely different person before ever trying pain killers. My boyfriend got …

What's The Next Step In Beating My Addiction? 
I know I'm an addict (finally). I've managed to stay off of illegal things for two weeks now, but I can't quit smoking cigarettes and since I can't be …

Why is Rehab so Expensive? I Want Help but Can't Afford it. Is There any Hope? 
I've had an addiction to the painkiller vicodin for over 5 years now. I'm only 27 and I'm 5'2" and 100lbs with a 20 pill a day habit. My liver is slowly …

The Difference Between an Alcoholic and a Drug Addict? 
I'm a recovering alcoholic. When I would refrain from drugs, not knowing I was an alcoholic, I would think alcohol was ok for me. The results were always …

Vicodin Addiction - What Do I Do? 
Long story short ... I used to take as many pills as I wanted every day. I did that for 2 years - but I started to get sick from it so I woke up in a ambulance …

I'm a Drug Addict. How Do I Clean Up My Act? 
I have been addicted to drugs since I was sixteen, I'm twenty 22 now. It started with my mother and step dad - they are addicted and have been since I …

Am I an Alcoholic or Have OCD? 
I have been drinking 3 drinks every night for the past 30 years. I do not have my first drink until after 8pm and feel that I must have 3 drinks. If …

Can Hypnosis Help Alcohol Addiction? 
I have tried rehab and as you said, it was keeping sober is where I failed. I heard that hypnotists can help one get off drink and stay off drink. What …

Alcoholism and my Job ... Can I Be Fired? 
As a recovering alcoholic, I was doing well and working as a food server. This past weekend, I began drinking again, and when it came time to go to work, …

Young Man Strugling With Life - How Can I Turn My Life Around? 
I don't really know how to start, but I guess I am here because I realize I need help. It's 5:25 am and I haven't slept all night, thinking about life …

My Personal Struggle with Addiction - What's the Best Way for Me to Overcome It? 
My heart has been having sharp pains. I have been dipping for 24 years (since age 12). I drink pretty heavy (once or twice a week) and I have started having …

AA Isn't for Me ... Is That Okay? 
Hi my name is Angela and I am an alcoholic. I have been sober for nearly 2 years. I was in rehab 4 years ago where I was introduced to AA (which I have …

7 Months Clean from Pain Medication Addiction: Should I Return Home to my Husband and Children? 
I am a 42 year old female who suffers from chronic pain. I recently went to in-patient treatment center for pain medication addiction. I have OD's at …

My Drug Addiction Means I No Longer Have the Strength to Keep Going: Any Advice? 
I'm a DRUG addict. I have been doing drugs for 13 years, I am not a bad person, I don't steal and I don't do drugs around anybody but myself. I pay my …

Help Me Save My Relationship From My Addictions 
I am an alcoholic, drug addict and liar. I've been in a relationship with the girl I love for over 4 years now. During this time my drug/alcohol use has …

Reasons for My Addiction 
I truly believe my addictions are simply my way of interacting with the outside world without which I feel I am unable to do the things I have so much …

I Don’t Want to Go to Rehab Again. Got Any Other Options? 
I’ve been through Rehab once. Addicted to alcohol and prescription meds. I know what it’s about and the whole routine that gets covered so would rather …

I’m a Stay at Home Mom Who May be an Alcoholic? Could I Really Be One? 
I’m a stay at home mom with 2 young children. I like to think I’m a good mother who does a good job of keeping the house in order and making sure everything …

Can One Ever Be 'Recovered' from an Addiction? 
I’m curious ... people in AA and NA seem to talk about constantly being in recovery from their alcoholism or drug addiction. But surely at some point you …

I’m in Recovery from Alcoholism ... Can I Smoke Marijuana Occasionally? 
I was an active alcoholic for close on 9 years. Been sober now for close on 2. Recently I’ve been thinking about whether smoking marijuana occasionally …

I am in Active Addiction. I Know I am Dying but I Can Not Find a Way to Stop. 
I was first addicted to heroin. I beat that addiction after one year. Then three months of being completely clean I was introduced to crystal meth and …

Fear Relapse Because of My Anger and Resentment 
I feel like I’m currently treading a very slippery slope in my recovery from alcoholism. I’ve been sober almost seventeen months now. And the biggest reason …

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How Do I Overcome My Addictions if I Don't Believe in God? 
I’m in the early stages of trying to fight what feels like almost a life-long battle with drugs and alcohol. I’ve done a fair bit of research and reading, …

I Really Want to Quit Drinking.  
I’ve been struggling with alcoholism for ages, which I realise now more on reflection than I necessarily have as I was going along. Somehow I’ve managed …

I am a Weekend Binger of Drugs - How do I Stop? 
I first used heroin when I was 18, and I have used different drugs off and on ever since. My main drug is alcohol. I have a boyfriend and he comes …

Relapsed Again - How Do I Finally Overcome my Drug and Alcohol Addiction? 
I’ve just relapsed again. I just can’t seem to stay sober for any length of time. I manage to get to a few weeks without having a drink or popping any …

Am I an Addict????? 
I have been doing cocaine for about 12 years now. It has got worse over the last 5. I am not the type to do a 8ball a night, but more a couple of lines …

Do I Need to Believe that Alcoholism is a Disease for the 12 Steps to Work For me? 
Hey there. I’m just wondering about something. Do I need to believe in the concept that addiction/alcoholism is a disease if I want to work the 12 steps …

I'm 15 and Have an Alcohol Problem. How Do I Stop Drinking? 
Hi, I'm 15, 16 in a few months - and since the age of 13 I have loved to drink alcohol, but this year it has got out of control to the extent I cannot …

Do You Think AA Meetings Will Make a Difference – Even After Seven Years of Sobriety? 
I’ve been sober and in recovery from alcoholism for just over seven years now. I actually had my 7th birthday last week. I’ve pretty much done my whole …

I’m a Regular Binge Drinker – How Do I Know if I’m Developing a Problem?  
I’m a binge drinker, i.e. get wasted just about every weekend, which is pretty normal I think for someone my age. I’m still pretty young – I’m only 29. …

AA and NA Work! So Why Re-Invent the Wheel? 
Hi. I would like to comment about some of the previous questions posed and those people asking for alternatives to traditional recovery programs like AA …

Do I Need to Follow a Specific Recovery Program like AA or NA to Maintain my Sobriety? 
Everyone preaches 12 steps, AA/NA etc. I don’t buy it. Went to a 12 step treatment center where they promote everything 12 steps, but the whole set-up …

What is the Difference between the Treatment of Addiction and Recovery from Addiction? 
I regard myself as a pretty hardcore substance abuser – drugs, alcohol, prescription meds, basically anything that will help me get high and have a good …

Am Trying to Decide if I Need to Go to Rehab. What Do You Think? 
I’ve been abusing a cocktail of prescription drugs, recreational drugs like ecstasy and cocaine, and a plenty of alcohol for a good few years now. …

AA Isn't for Me. What Are My Alternatives? 
I’ve been going to AA on and off for about six months now. I just can’t seem to get into it and it certainly hasn’t done anything to help me stop drinking. …

How Do I Know if I'm an Alcoholic? 
I’ve been drinking alcohol since the age of 13. I’m now 42. I’ve never thought of myself as having a problem with alcohol (even though I know I’ve often …

Must We Believe in God For AA to Work? 
I do not believe in God. And have been sober for six years, The last year and half without a meeting. I do not want to offend other members. But taking …

Why are Recovery Rates for Alcoholism and Drug Addiction so Low? 
I was talking to someone the other day and they said treatment for alcoholism or drug addiction is waste of money because recovery rates are so low. Something …

Experiencing Intense Cravings For Drugs and Alcohol. How Do I Get Through This? 
Hi. I’ve been clean and sober for about a year now. I’m experiencing pretty intense cravings though. I was using drugs and drinking heavily for a period …

I'm Depressed and Drinking Too Much. Why Does No One Seem to Care? 
I think I need help. I am very depressed . I feel like I’m stuck in a hole because of my drinking - and people just seem to walk by and don’t even care …

I'm a Crack Heroin Addict  
Hello.my name is Eric and I am a crack heroin addict for the last 2 years. About 20 days ago I decided to quit. For the first 10 days I was having Metadon …

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I Can't Stop Drinking, Sometimes I Drink for Days Not rated yet
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I Am In Treatment, But My Girlfriend Who I Love Is Still Using  Not rated yet
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Drinking Problem? Not rated yet
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I Know I'm an Alcoholic, But I'm Broke and Can't Afford Professional Treatment Not rated yet
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Trouble With Tramadol Not rated yet
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I Just Found Out I'm Pregnant and I Am an Active Heroin Addict, What Do I Do Next? Not rated yet
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My Husband and I Are Both Addicted to Amphetamines  Not rated yet
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Drinking Moderate-Heavily For About a Year, Quitting. What to Expect? Not rated yet
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How Can Life Be Enjoyed Without DRUGS AND ALCOHOL Not rated yet
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18 and Confused, Regularly Binge Drink and Abuse Alcohol. Am I In Trouble? Not rated yet
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After Being Drug Free For The Last Five Years Why Do I Feel So Depressed? Not rated yet
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Is it Possible - Recovering Alcoholic Married to an Alcoholic? Not rated yet
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Will I Get Fired From My Job if I Admit I am an Alcoholic Not rated yet
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I Am an Alcoholic Mother of Three. My Husband Left Me and I am Lost. Not rated yet
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How Can I Stop All My Addictions and Get My Life Back? Not rated yet
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Struggling with Alcoholism: Scared and Don't Know What to Do? Not rated yet
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10 Years Later: Time to Quit Drinking Not rated yet
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Alcohol has Run My Life for the Past 12 years. Advice for Saving My Relationship? Not rated yet
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My Husband Left Due to My Alcoholism. Now I'm Resentful. Any advice? Not rated yet
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My Drinking is Affecting my Job – How Do I Stop Without Getting Fired? Not rated yet
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