Come Meet The Alcohol Expert Author Scott Stevens.

Come Meet The Alcohol Expert Author Scott Stevens.

“Recovery readers, you all are in for a treat today as I am Happy to Welcome Author, Scott Stevens and his addiction and recovery collection of award-winning books about alcoholism, stigma and more. He even is the creator of his own Alcohology App, How Cool Is That?” So let’s learn more about Author, Scott Stevens and his books, which includes a new release. Make sure you go visit the app below!
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Here is his New Book Release!


(Now Available on Amazon & Barnes and Noble)
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So where do I begin? Scott and I had met not long ago. We both are contributing writers for a fantastic Treatment Directory at Addicted Minds  . . . The founder, Matthew Steiner introduced us through LinkedIn, as Scott was interested in help with his book promoting efforts and? BAM!! I work for him now! LOL.

Now seriously, he is a fantastic writer and he shares his knowledge of alcoholism, recovery and message through YouTube as well here: #66 Video On Alcohol & Recovery … So let’s learn more about this “man of mystery” and his newest book release.

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Scott Stevens
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About The Author:

Scott is an author and fantastic freelance writer of many articles about alcoholism with some humor and wit. But he is also a great dad to his kids as well.

Scott, a former mutual fund industry executive, Scott blends wit, journalistic objectivity, blunt personal dialogue and no-nonsense business perspective to his three books he has managed to write within his busy life. His books, 2010’s “What the Early Worm Gets,” 2013’s Indie Book Awards finalist, “Every Silver Lining Has a Cloud” and 2015’s “Adding Fire to the Fuel,” his newest offering. He regularly addresses conferences around the country — including the REEL Recovery Film Festival — on the latest trends in the field of alcohol use disorders.  He is also a 2015 SAMHSA Voice Award nominee.
He also runs:
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Men For Sobriety

Wednesday Evenings, 7:30 P.M. Agape Recovery Center, 201 N. Pine St. Burlington

Learn more in this feature article on Men for Sobriety in The JournalTimes (Racine, Wis.) 5/14/14 . . .

“MFS Doesn’t Dwell On The Past, But On The Present And The Future.”
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Scott is a journalist, posting regularly on health and alcohol issues for online news services and is a founding influencer at the world’s largest medical portal, HealthTap. Many popular alcohologists on air and on bookshelves have stellar credentials, but few have had to eat their own cooking. Stevens blends his stunning personal 86-proof-two-liters-a-day story with thorough research into alcoholism, sobriety, relapse and recovery. But Scott will be the first to tell you that his time with his kids comes first. . . And, if that wasn’t enough?

His life experiences, Scott has met seven Presidents of the United States, flown with the Navy’s Blue Angels, piloted a Los Angeles Class nuclear submarine and driven a NASCAR at 140-mph on a one-mile oval. Wow!

I’m tired already! What a busy life to be of recovery service to others. That is how Scott helps others in recovery and reaching out for understanding about alcoholism. Lastly, Scott the football fan and avid golfer, he holds a Master’s in Public Affairs Journalism from the University of Illinois – Springfield, he lives in the Midwest with his children.

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About His New release:

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“A not-so-silent thief makes off with $226 billion, every year, robbing the economy, flooding hospitals, clogging courts. And landing million-dollar spots in the year’s biggest televised sports events.“It” is alcohol. Not terrorism. Not obesity. Not cancer or diabetes or Ebola or any other disease. It’s alcohol. We’ll spend more to combat these other scourges that cause less turmoil and financial damage while alcohol rules the roost, the clubhouse, and the corner office.

The third-leading cause of preventable death and illness stays under the radar because of good advertising and bad stigma. Its purveyors are proclaimed as charitable kings. Those who use it and discover alcohol has health and social consequences are labeled as villains, kill-joys, weak, weird, or morally off.

The stigma of alcohol use disorders, treatment, and recovery which keeps the discussion of what alcohol does to you behind the wishful-thinking-driven chatter about what it does for you. The tipping point has passed. The status quo: No longer sustainable or acceptable.

Adding Fire to the Fuel examines:
How families and communities feed public and self-stigma even while the stigma holds them back; How stigma has become a barrier to many who want help; How to hang on to sobriety in a pro-alcohol world; And how PANonymous alcoholics will reduce stigma more than all the protests combined.”
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Now where can you connect with Author, Scott Stevens? Well just about everywhere on social media! That’s where. LOL, and here a just a few places to do just that.

On both his fantastic websites:  The Alcohol Author ~ Scott Stevens
And on BlogSpot Video Series Author, Scott Stevens ~ Health Journalist
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And Connect with Scott at these Fine Social Media sites below. . .

Check out the Trailer for “The A-Files” coming soon!
Project Trailer Scott Stevens

Scott’s video’s each week: Scott’s YouTube Video’s
Add Me To Your Google+ Circle
Follow Me On GoodReads
Connect With Scott on Twitter
All My Books & Amazon Author Page
Go “Like” his Facebook page.
Addicted Minds Writer ~ Alcohol Author

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About The Book ~ Silver Lining

Nine out of ten people who quit drinking relapse at least once. “Every
Silver Lining Has a Cloud” shows why it’s not just once… without
pithy slogans or trademarked solutions. From the author of “What
the Early Worm Gets,” a startling book defining Alcoholism, here’s a
book explaining how and why relapse happens, how to hold it at bay
and why every American should care. Sobriety is a state of illness and
its symptoms, left untreated, lead directly to lapse. Addressing the
Symptoms of Sobriety is essential.
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Why would any sober Alcoholic return to the misery?
What are the Symptoms of Sobriety and how do Alcoholics and non-Alcoholics guard against them?
What four overlooked stressors trip up recovery?
Can you hit bottom sober?
The narrative dashes along peaks of anger, joy, desperation, relief and
hope interspersed with solid data on the disease and guidance for
avoiding relapse traps.
It’s not enough to just stop drinking. . .

Now that I have shared just about all you need to know about this fantastic writer and author?
Here are a few Amazon Book Reviews of how much readers have enjoyed about Scott’s books.

Amazon Reader Reviews:

Scott Steven’s extremely readable “Every Silver Lining Has A Cloud” is SUCH an important work! Powerful, clearly written, enormously informative, this book taught me not only about the emotional rollercoaster an alcoholic takes, but also about the chemical science of alcoholism, which basically stacks the genetic biochemical deck against him or her.

Scott also goes into Al-Anon, the legal system, and the futility of incarceration programs as well as how dysfunctional families play such a large role in alcoholism. Peppered throughout the book are well-versed truisms and great chapter opening quotes, which I personally thought added an extra punch to it all. And lest you think this book is like so many other self-help books, filled with one unprovable case study after another, here, every eye-opening statement or life example is backed up by worthy sources. A true find for everyone! HIGHLY recommended!

Another Amazon Reader:

“Scott Stevens has again written another very powerful and necessary book. The stigma attached to being an alcoholic or recovering alcoholic is overwhelming and Scott explains and goes far to share what needs to be done to erase that stigma.

Scott’s statistics, research, and facts in Adding Fuel are awesome and very useful … especially for people like me who work with people and families who are dealing with alcoholism. There is no room for blame or shame and certainly no labeling when it comes to people who are in recovery. I have never seen those things work for anyone. Many people do want to get sober or clean but, the fear of being “found out,” keeps them from taking the first step into recovery. I truly wish I could get this book into the hands of every teacher, doctor, rehab in the world. It is an eye-opener and it left me feeling hopeful. Thank you again for writing this Scott.”
Highly Suggest This Book!
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Recovery Guest Author presented by, “Recovery Starts Here” of Author, Catherine Lyon 

“Recovery Writers Unite!” ~ A Guest Article About Recovery Writing.

“Writers and authors seem to write for many different reasons. Some for fiction and from imagination, some for memoirs, and some for poetry and more.”

 

And, those of us who managed to make it into recovery from the hell of many types of addictions. I always tell many of my recovery friends, “we all have a story to tell and write about inside us.”  Not necessarily negative either. Although addiction never is a positive occasion to write about most times. I happen to come across this emailed newsletter from the fine folks at Castle Craig ~ Treatment and Rehab of an article on their blog. It really puts in perspective about recovery writing and publishing one’s story.

Now many of you know how my current book became to be a book. If you don’t know? Then grab a copy of my own Recovery Memoir and read all about how gambling addiction cost more way more than money:
ADDICTED TO DIMES, Confessions of a Liar and a Cheat It is raw, intense and real .  .  .  .
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Guest Article From Castle Craig Treatment & Rehab By Christopher Burn:

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Castle Craig Hospital - An alcohol & drug rehab clinic

 

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Christopher Burn

Writing for Recovery …


(January 13, 2016)

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In active addiction, most days I felt like doing very little, so my mental, physical and spiritual progress was zero.In recovery, we find new interests and discover aspects of ourselves that we never realised existed.We evolve in a positive way and the process is truly exciting .  .  .  .  .

Writing my first book, Poetry Changes Lives in 2015, was a challenge; getting it published was a bigger challenge. Publicising it this year is a greater challenge yet, because I am not strong on self-promotion and assertiveness generally. However all these events are the results of choices that I have made and I see them as part of the continuing process of my recovery, that is based on continuing attempts at self-improvement.

In active addiction, I only did what I felt like doing each day. Most days I felt like doing very little, so my mental, physical and spiritual progress was zero. Concepts such as ‘taking responsibility’ or ‘positive action’ were unknown to me. When I got into recovery at the age of 46, I had a lot of catching up to do. I was taught to keep it simple and to keep my priorities right and that is what I did. It worked, with a lot of help from my friends.

In recovery we make changes and thus we ourselves change. Through altering our attitudes and behaviour, we find new interests and discover aspects of ourselves that we never realised existed. We evolve in a positive way and the process is truly exciting.

Part of my evolution was the re-discovery of my two loves – poetry and history. For me they complement each other perfectly: at school, history was just dates and names but poetry brought it alive – the Story of Troy meant little until I discovered Homer, the Battle of Waterloo was just another battle until I read Byron and the First World War was an incomprehensible mess until I read Wilfred Owen’s poems. Poetry gives meaning and colour to otherwise boring facts.

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When I sobered up, it was because I had rediscovered spirituality. For me this was the game-changer. It meant that I could stop seeing God as just one of the many people that I blamed for my disastrous lifestyle. Instead, I saw him as the source of my salvation – my Higher Power.  This change in attitude was so fundamental and produced such striking results that I felt, and still feel, truly empowered.

Part of my spiritual journey has been prayer and meditation of the kind described in the Twelve Steps. It is part of my spiritual housekeeping and gives my life a new dimension – you can’t get all the answers from Google.

So it happened, while I was going through a rather negative time, about two years ago, that the idea of writing a book came to me. Following on from the idea came the desire to write about my interests and large among these of course, were poetry, history and meditation. I saw this as a positive way to progress my recovery through setting goals and working on tasks that I enjoyed. It has certainly helped me and it could help others.

There are a few major goals in life and they are usually the same for all of us: health, happiness and freedom are the big ones for me and together they represent the greatest goal of all – in life at any rate – serenity. The choices I make each day are steps towards this.

“If you enjoyed what you’ve just read, Chris has just published an e-book of daily meditations on poetry and history on Amazon. Get it from Amazon here. ”
(Image courtesy of andreydubinin.deviantart.com)

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Guest Recovery Article Presented By ~ “Gambling Recovery Starts Here” Catherine Lyon

 

Welcome Recovery Guest Author, Aleksandre McMenamin.

European Union and American flags.

How the U.S. and the E.U. Tackle Addiction and Other Challenges Differently.

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When people refer to the “West,” they are actually referring to two enormous entities that make up the most powerful alliance on the geopolitical scale: the United States, and the European Union. As with any world power, there comes a wide assortment of different issues that must be dealt with by the leadership in each of these countries. While there are certainly plenty of similarities between the two factions (after all, many of America’s ancestors came from European countries), there are certainly distinct differences in the way that they choose to tackle each issue that they face. Modern life brings with it plenty of problems to face. Here’s some of the different ways that the United States and the European Union are facing these challenges differently…

Addiction:

“Addiction is a mental disease, and one of the absolute biggest epidemics facing the entire planet. “

Millions upon millions of people suffer from addiction around the world, in rich and poor countries alike. The United States and the European Union are no different. However, addiction is affecting these two superpowers in different ways, and each of them has a different approach to solving this growing problem. In the United States, the fastest growing demographic affected by addiction happens to be seniors, who number an astonishing 35 million in the United States. Roughly 1 in 5 of those seniors currently suffers from substance abuse. To deal with this problem, the United States has, at least since the 1980’s, attempted to squash drug use by criminalizing it. For more information about drug addiction in seniors, check out this informative blog post. On the other hand, many European countries have begun to adopt policies of decriminalization, and have instead moved to more experimental methods of treatment. For example, Norway is attempting to deal with its rising heroin problem by using diamorphine, a medical version of heroin, to try to phase users off of the more toxic substances, and then on a path towards abstinence.


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Business in the modern world revolves around the internet. In order for online companies to thrive, however, a society must be able to support a large amount of internet users. This is what makes internet infrastructure so important. Sadly, the United States is currently leaving a lot to be desired in this category, at least for how rich the nation is. In terms of percentage of the population that has access to the internet, along with internet speeds, the United States is falling a handful of percentage points short of most countries in the European Union, as only around 84% of the country has access to the internet.

However, this is largely due to the fact that the infrastructure required to bring internet access to everyone is incredibly expensive in the United States. America is full of open land and rural communities, far more so than most countries in Europe. This puts the country at a distinct disadvantage. However, there are things being done to actively bring higher internet speeds to the United States. For example, Google has started an infrastructure product called Google Fiber that can hook communities up with an astounded 1 GB down bandwidth. For more information about Google fiber, check out this informative blog post here.

Borders:

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One of the biggest hot topics on the planet right now deals with the topic of borders and immigration. In both the United States and the European Union, we frequently hear lots of fear from both ordinary people and presidential candidates about people crossing borders, or refugees entering these countries. The European Union is fairly unique, as far as borders go. One of the principles that the Union was founded on was that people from any country that was a member could travel freely through the rest. This principle is rooted in an evolution from the borders and walls that caused some of the most horrific atrocities in European history.

Angela Merkel, the Chancellor of Germany and perhaps the figurehead of the European Union, actually grew up on the eastern side of the Berlin Wall, and spent her childhood looking across borders that she could not cross. These values cause a certain moral conflict throughout Europe, where the panic that has been spurred by the influx of Middle Eastern refugees this year is directly at odds with one of the most important bedrocks of the entire Union. This is quite similar to the situation in the United States, which is a country created by immigration and has been called a “melting pot” throughout its existence, yet many communities struggle with the influx of both refugees from the Middle East and Africa, as well as the immigration over its southern border with Mexico.

Inflation:

Inflation is one of the hallmarks of modern economics. Most economic policy, especially as far as international economics goes, deals with handling inflation and the inherent value of a currency. Lately, we have seen countries in the European Union struggle with the fallout of the global recession, which caused high amounts of inflation in countries like Spain, Italy, or Greece, thus putting them in a debt crisis. Luckily, with the help of Angela Merkel’s leadership, the European Union was able to traverse this economic catastrophe in all countries, except Greece, which is still an ongoing situation. Traditionally, the currency of the European Union, the euro, has been a lot stronger than the dollar. However, lately the value of the dollar has been increasing, giving the currency a renewed value against the euro. This isn’t necessarily a good thing for the United States, however, for American businesses. Strangely, European goods don’t become cheaper as the dollar strengthens. This is due to an economic phenomenon that can only happen because many manufacturers in Europe produce luxury goods, which offers them the unique situation of being able to rise their prices as American buying power increases. . . .

For more information about this phenomenon, check out this post here.

By My Guest Author, Aleksandre McMenamin

 

 

 

 

I Welcome Recovery Guest Author, Darci Maxwell ~ Letting Go Of The Victim Mentality – Finding Strength in You.

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It is easy to recognize the victim mentality in our friends or family, but it is hard to recognize it in ourselves. When we feel powerless in our situations, we try to place the blame on something else to protect ourselves. Even those who seem healthy and well-adjusted can be suffering silently with a victim mentality.

Having a victim mentality can prevent us from growing as we don’t learn from our experiences, rather we separate ourselves from them and point fingers. It also can hold us hostage and keep us from changing our situations, because we fail to recognize that we have the power to change our situations. The victim mentality is very seductive; it offers affirmation, sympathy, a comfortable and quiet lifestyle, and removes responsibility from our lives. However, it doesn’t offer peace, power, or progression. So how do you know if you have a victim mentality?

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Take the time to carefully consider the questions below. . .

When something goes wrong, do you blame someone else?

Are you still angry about something someone did to you in your past?

Do you feel powerless to change your life?

Do you believe that things will never change for you?

Do you feel unhappy?

Can you blame your unhappiness on others in your life?

Do you feel that if someone else changed something, then you would be happy?

Do you have a hard time forgiving others, including yourself?

Do you believe that your future holds mostly pain and sorrow?

Are you afraid to take risks?

Do you frequently find excuses for your lifestyle (age, size, sex, education, background, etc.)?

Do you review your failures, mistakes, and shortcomings often?

Are you frustrated when friends offer you suggestions for how you can change?

Do you often begin phrases with “I cant..” or “I’m not got at…”

Are you thinking of someone else as you read these questions?

IF YOU answered yes to 8 or more of these questions, you may be trapped in a victim mentality.

How to Free Yourself

Recognize Where You Are

Most people who are trapped in a victim mentality do not even realize that they are. They often turn to people who take advantage of them because they do not think they have a choice. You need to recognize that the common denominator in your circumstances is you. Only you have the ability to change your life, and you need to allow yourself to change. Take the time to decide that you can let go of your victim mentality. Stop thinking about how you have been wronged and start thinking about how you can move forward.

Forgive

C.R. Strahan said “Forgiveness has nothing to do with absolving a criminal of his crime. It has everything to do with relieving oneself of the burden of being a victim–letting go of the pain and transforming oneself from victim to survivor.” Forgiveness is not excusing or forgetting what happened, it is giving yourself the tools and ability to move forward. Forgiveness is giving yourself permission to be ok even after you have experienced terrible suffering.  The person who has wronged you doesn’t ever need to say sorry in order for you to forgive them, as forgiveness is not for them, but for you.  It is ok if forgiveness does not come immediately.  It takes time. Be patient with yourself; emotional wounds take far longer to heal than physical ones.  For more help on learning to forgive, check out this blog.

Take Responsibility

One of the key indicators of a person with a victim mentality is that they constantly blame everyone around them when things go wrong. You need to take responsibility for your life. Stop blaming others and making excuses.  Start finding opportunities for growth. You are in control of your life.  Instead of saying “I have to” or “I need to” (blaming situations for your actions) start saying “I’m choosing to”.

Be Grateful and Serve

Be grateful for your circumstances, as someone always does have it worse.  There is always an opportunity to be found even in the hardest of trials and instead of asking “Why?” ask “What can I learn from this?” Then, turn your focus outwards and find someone that you can help.  Volunteer in a soup kitchen, volunteer at an animal shelter, or simply write a heartfelt note to a friend.  Your life will feel more fulfilling and valuable as you dedicate your time in the service of others.

Gambling Recovery Starts Here! Catherine Townsend-Lyon, Author & Recovery Advocate
Written By, Author Darci Maxwell

A Guest Recovery Article By, Author Tony Marini . . .The Vicious Circle of Gambling.

Hello and Welcome Recovery Friends,

Todays recovery blog post is all about Gambling Addiction. I welcome Special Guest Author, Tony Marini.
I came across his article from the fine folks of, “Castle Craig: Addiction Treatment Centre, A Leading UK Alcohol & Drug Rehab Clinic in the UK.”

I enjoy their blog, as they have many interesting articles and posts. Of course this one from Tony caught my eye, and they were kind enough to let me share it here on my Gambling Recovery Blog. So I thank “Olivia” for the kind permission to do so.  I urge all my recovery friends to go by and visit their blog for helpful information and resources!

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Blyth Bridge
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Tel: 01721 722763 Fax: 01721 752662
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August 2015 ~ By Therapist, Tony Marini
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The Vicious Circle of Gambling

A young lad of 23 told me “I’ve won three thousand five hundred pounds.” I asked him what he did with that money and he said “I bought a car.” I then asked him how long he had the car for and he said “two weeks!” He had sold it so he could go back to gambling.

Due to the 24/7 access to online gambling sites it is so easy to become a compulsive gambler. Before the internet it could take years for gambling to become a problem: the bets would most likely have been smaller; they had to physically go to a bank and a betting shop; and it would all take longer. You couldn’t use a credit card in bookmakers like you can now.

Nowadays you can get instant loans, payday loans at three and a half thousand per cent interest rates. I know a lot of people who have had ten or twelve payday loans in a single month. How are they ever expected to pay that back?

Gamblers – The New Profile

Gambling has traditionally been seen as a problem for older men. According to statistics, 20 years ago only 8% of women gambled but new research shows that the rate has increased to 50%.

I see younger and younger people becoming addicted to gambling. This is because they have access to their smartphones 24/7, they use their credit cards and they don’t feel they are using real money. I know so many people who have racked up thousands and thousands of pounds of debt.

When they win money it goes straight into their account on that particular site – they don’t actually see the cash. They can’t withdraw the money for three days and during that time they are back on the site gambling with their winnings. And all this time they are saying to themselves “I’ve won all this money” and can’t see that they are caught up in the vicious circle.

Gambling and Suicide

I know three people who have killed themselves because of their gambling. I have seen statistics which show that three times as many gambling addicts kill themselves as compared to other types of addicts.

A good friend of mine was given a free £10 bet from her father to play on the bingo websites. Two years later she had tried to commit suicide, she had stolen from her family and had got into trouble with the law – all through her addiction to online bingo.

Gambling is seen as good fun and I don’t know what the solution is. On the gambling websites they allow you to win just enough to get that adrenaline rush, get the endorphins moving, the dopamine into the brain. Then they put the brakes on, take all your money and you think “I need to get back up there.” So then you start chasing your losses and are in deeper than ever. It’s a vicious circle.

The Appeal of Gambling

For me it was the grandiosity of being in front of that card game in a casino, people giving me free drinks and feeding me. I felt like I was someone. The buzz when you’re about to turn that card – is this the time I’m going to win big? For me it wasn’t the win but the lead up to it: I’ve got the money, I’m going to get dressed, look smart and walk through that door and feel the rush of adrenaline. Sitting at the table, getting the first deal. Is this the one?

Ten years on and in recovery, I am interested in cross addiction. When I stopped one addiction my gambling increased, but when I stopped gambling my other addiction increased. When I stopped both I started shopping and working to excess. Now it is about awareness – I am more aware of myself and that I could do anything to excess. I deal with it by going to 12 Step meetings and making sure that I have people around me who are aware of who I am and what I can do.

I have had to change my life, change my career and become a better person. I started by volunteering and supporting others. I went to college and university and trained to become an addiction therapist.

If you really want to change your life it is possible – I am proof of the fact.  The first step is admitting you have a problem and that you cannot continue on the path you are on.  You have to accept that you cannot do this on your own and put your hand out for help  .. .. ..

Again, please visit Castle Craig’s website and blog for more help articles and resources for drug and alcohol. http://www.castlecraig.co.uk/blog/

*Catherine*