Addictions Backfire, Jennifer Kunst, Ph.D. – WOMEN in RECOVERY

Why are addictions so hard to break? There is no single answer to this question, for addiction’s power is multi-layered. We know that there are physical, mental, emotional, social, and even spiritual forces at play. But with each layer of understanding comes a greater opportunity to help those who struggle to free themselves from an attachment that has become destructive. I come to the question as a psychoanalyst, of course, and so I am interested in what lies beneath the surface of … [Read more...]

WOMEN in RECOVERY – Women For Sobriety, Inc.

We are pleased to share with the Women of our World: Women For Sobriety, Inc. (WFS), and  in the spirit of FREE THINKING, has opted to share an alternative PROGRAM for Women, with addiction challenges. The following program is designed for any use, including alcohol addiction; as well as other issues. Women For Sobriety, Inc. (WFS), is a non-profit secular addiction recovery group for alcoholic women. WFS was created by sociologist Jean Kirkpatrick in 1976 as an alternative to twelve-step … [Read more...]

The 12 STEPS of RECOVERY – "Free Floating"

  The First Three Steps are Your Own Doing Never Alone Again for You have travelled ... Beyond the Light !!!   Twelve Step programs are well known for their use in treating addictive and dysfunctional behaviors. The first 12 step program began with Alcoholics Anonymous (A.A.)in the 1930s and has since grown to be the most widely used approach in dealing not only with recovery from alcoholism, but also from drug abuse and various other addictive and dysfunctional behaviors. The … [Read more...]

Ginger Katz Taking Action at The Courage to Speak® Foundation, Summer 2012

The Courage to Speak® Foundation June 2012   Welcome to Our Summer 2012 Newsletter! BOOK A PRESENTATION FOR FALL OR WINTER TODAY! The 14th Annual Ian James Eaccarino Memorial 9-Mile Race, July 28, 2012   Tip of the Month Keep Your Kids Drug Free This Summer The Courage to Speak Foundation has a New Website & Blog! Sunny's Story: How to Save a Young Life From Drugs IN THE NEWS: Parent tells of son's struggle with drug … [Read more...]

HIV Testing, Including Rapid Testing, in Substance Abuse Treatment Programs

HIV Testing, Including Rapid Testing, in Substance Abuse Treatment Programs … [Read more...]

WOMEN in RECOVERY – One day at a time

Our lives are made up of a million moments, spent in a million different ways. Some are spent searching for love, peace, and harmony. Others are spent surviving day by day. But there is no greater moment than when we find that life, with all it's joys and sorrows, is meant to be lived one day at a time. It's in this knowledge that we discover the most wonderful truth of all. Whether we live in a forty-room mansion, surrounded by servants and wealth, or find it a struggle to manage the rent … [Read more...]

Gambling – Women in Recovery

PROBLEM GAMBLING....? Problem gambling can have tragic consequences for the entire family. Effective intervention with the gambler begins with careful assessment of clinical issues, client needs and functioning and required level of care. Family members may also require treatment. Freedom from problem gambling and its negative influences is best achieved through individualized behavioral healthcare services combined with participation in self-help groups. ASSESSMENT SERVICES Although … [Read more...]

Melody Beattie – WOMAN of ACTION

A Celebration of Women is elated to Celebrate the Life of this trail blazer that found through her own life experience solutions to some our world's deepest and darkest challenges faced by the human race, co-dependency. In her lifetime, she has survived abandonment, kidnapping, sexual abuse, drug and alcohol addiction, divorce, and the death of a child. “Beattie understands being overboard, which helps her throw bestselling lifelines to those still adrift,” said Time Magazine. Join us here … [Read more...]

BETTY FORD – WOMAN of ACTION *Tribute

A Celebration of Women has been inspired through this day of loss to open our hearts and Celebrate the Life of yet another woman responsible for great growth in the woman's movement. Through her efforts, many issues in a woman's life course were brought to the forfront of America; and the world. Through her own personal suffering, the open views on women's addiction were brought to that attention of the world, and her generosity opened a world reknown rehabilitation center. Please … [Read more...]

SECRETS Keep YOU Sick – Alcoholism, a tool of Spiritual Dis-ease

  Secrets Keep YOU Sick!       Alcoholism, a tool of Spiritual Dis-ease...   Addiction-a-Spiritual-Disease begins as a disease of the spirit and usually ends up as a disease of the body, mind, and spirit. It finally devours our social, economic, and legal life. What starts as anguish, a simple existential craving for wholeness, eventually envelopes the entire person’s self and life. This happens whether the substance is alcohol, weed, coke, speed, sex, food or simple greed. We … [Read more...]

WOMEN in RECOVERY – Patience with ‘others’ during Recovery

  Patience and Tolerance “For patience and tolerance is our code.”   I wonder how many of us in recovery can honestly say that IS our code. For me, it is more like I wish it were my code. In our society today, for all people, impatience and intolerance does seem to prevail. We all know folks who are not in any 12 Step Program (because they do not need to be) but may seem to be the most impatient people we know. Young people today have a deep sense of instant … [Read more...]

Women in Recovery ~ Addiction + or – Bi-polarism, Alexis Chapman

A Celebration of Women  has been inspired to share the life bloggings of a real woman in recovery ... please welcome Alexis.  Awakening  Ever stare in the mirror wishing your reflection had a voice of its own? I’ve spent the past few evenings gazing at my image in the mirror, wishing that my id would speak to me. Unanswered questions, doubt and fear were written all over my face and I couldn’t grasp on to a reason why. Shouldn’t there be some deeper meaning, some … [Read more...]

Women and girls who use drugs, in Afghanistan

March 2012 - Until 2009, available data showed Afghanistan as a country with a low HIV prevalence rate. However, research conducted in Kabul, Herat and Mazar-e-Sharif in 2009 showed an average HIV prevalence of 7.1 per cent among people who inject drugs. Of one million drug users, 110,000 of whom are female, only 10 per cent have access to treatment services. Since 2008, UNODC, through its country office in Afghanistan, has supported HIV services for some of the most marginalized women in the … [Read more...]

Ginger Katz: Gaylord Convention Center,Washington DC Area – Feb. 6

  The Courage to Speak® Foundation Invited to Present at National Forum The Courage to Speak Foundationhas been invited by SAMHSA, US Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, to share the Courage to Speak Programs with coalitions throughout the nation on... Prevention Day at CADCA's 22nd Annual National Leadership Forum (Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of … [Read more...]

12 STEPS to Recovery – WOMEN, Amazing Journey!

"The Twelve-Step Program" Twelve Steps were first published in the book, Alcoholics Anonymous: The Story of How More Than One Hundred Men/Women Have Recovered From Alcoholism in 1939. The method was then adapted and became the foundation of other 12 Step Programs. As summarized by the American Psychological Association, the process involves the following: admitting that one cannot control one's addiction or compulsion; recognizing a greater power that … [Read more...]

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