It seems that prevailing attitudes towards addicts are still fairly personal and judgmental. Results from a Lung Cancer Stigma Survey published in November 2008 indicate that fifty-nine (59) percent of the general population surveyed said they agreed that lung cancer patients are at least partly to blame for their diagnosis. What stigmas do you carry with you?
In honor of World AIDS Day 2008, we explore the ethical issues surrounding addiction treatment of patients diagnosed with HIV. Are these patients subject to discrimination? How possible is it really to treat ALL addicts equally? We explore if and how clinicians limit contact with HIV+ substance abusers and what we can do about it.
Acupressure and acupuncture has been used by Chinese medical practitioners for thousands of years to treat illness and disease. The idea is that gentle stimulation and pressure applied to specific parts of the body can correct imbalances in the internal biofield. Can this therapy work to cure people of addiction?
Acupressure and acupuncture are treatment alternatives that can help relieve symptoms of alcoholism and addiction. The system was created to bring energy to specific points in the body, and then to remove subtle blockages of energy. Try it out for yourself with this simple set of instructions and diagrams.
Carl Jung was quoted saying, “Every form of addiction is bad, no matter whether the narcotic be alcohol or morphine or idealism.” How can alcoholics and drug addicts view ideals in the context of recovery? The Big Book of A.A. has an answer.
Can you see and appreciate the frequent irony of messages on church signs? Take a look at these handful of messages that can also be applied to recovery. If we just open our eyes, the messages are all around us!
“There but for the grace of God go I.”
Should we rely on the grace of God or our own works in order to grow closer to a Higher Power? Maybe shifting the paradigm of our old beliefs is a good start. Affirm the goodness of life!
Simply, because we can’t do recovery from any addiction alone. This section explores our soul natures and the infinite expressions of our relationship with the divine. Often the most difficult to grasp, we’ll look into the void and feels what’s out there.