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Welcome to Sober Musings! 

What started as a blog has grown into this website. While concentrating on alcohol abuse, addiction and recovery, much of what appears here can be applied to any addiction or recovery program.  Whether you are currently in recovery, working toward sobriety, or are merely curious about whether you have a problem, I welcome you and hope you find something of use to you in these pages.

Daily Inspiration

Now you can have your favorite inspirations right at hand, even away from your computer.  Peaceful Thoughts at CafePress.com offers magnets, stickers, mousepads, journals and more with encouraging quotes and inspirational sayings.  Proceeds from sales at the store will help me devote more time to this site and my blog, purchase books on addiction and recovery, and improve my podcasts. More items are added almost daily!




Latest News

We're counting down to the end of the Getting to Recovery podcast series.  The latest episode (Statement Twelve: Embracing the Competence Within) is now available.  Don't worry, when this series is finished, I will start another!  If you have something you'd like to hear discussed, let me know.




What is Addiction?

Addiction is a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory and related circuitry. Dysfunction in these circuits leads to characteristic biological, psychological, social and spiritual manifestations. This is reflected in an individual pathologically pursuing reward and/or relief by substance use and other behaviors.

Addiction is characterized by inability to consistently abstain, impairment in behavioral control, craving, diminished recognition of significant problems with one’s behaviors and interpersonal relationships, and a dysfunctional emotional response. Like other chronic diseases, addiction often involves cycles of relapse and remission. Without treatment or engagement in recovery activities, addiction is progressive and can result in disability or premature death.

The American Society of Addiction Medicine, 2011   

An estimated 23 million Americans suffer from addictions.  As many as 75,000 die from alcohol abuse annually.



What is Recovery?    

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has defined recovery as: A process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live a self-directed life, and strive to reach their full potential.  There are four major dimensions in the SAMHSA definition.

 
  • Health : overcoming or managing one’s disease(s) as well as living in a physically and emotionally healthy way;
  • Home:  a stable and safe place to live;
  • Purpose:  meaningful daily activities, such as a job, school, volunteerism, family caretaking, or creative endeavors, and the independence, income and resources to participate in society; and
  • Community : relationships and social networks that provide support, friendship, love, and hope.



 

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