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A NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION SERVING PEOPLE IN ALL STAGES OF RECOVERY
M a y 2009
What Is Dual Diagnosis?
Choosing W a n t i n g To
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S E R V I N G R E C O V E R I N G C O M M U N I T I E S
RESOURCE GUIDE, CALENDAR OF EVENTS AND MORE
F o u n d e r : Susan E. Laufer
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Did you know that happiness is up to Many times, our childhood experi-
you? ences and life learning gear us away
It’s actually your choice. from our power. We learned to give it
You can choose to be happy instead all away, to quietly accept whatever
of waiting around for it to suddenly happens to us, without question, with-
appear out of nowhere one day and out standing up and saying ‘No!’ We
land in your lap. Happiness is called
have become a passive society of pow-
upon and cultivated.
erless and uninspired automatons,
going along with the crowd. It’s a sad
I Am The Creator of
state of affairs that we have been raised
My Own Thoughts
in. Somewhere along the line, a stan-
Now keep in mind, this is my per- dard was laid out and we are ‘expected’
sonal perspective of happiness. You to magically meet this invisible ‘stan-
might have a different view. Everyone dard’ by compromising and living
has a unique view point, especially according to someone else’s perspec-
where emotion is concerned. But, tives. Where is the happiness in that?
nonetheless, I like my outlook on hap- I guess that leads me back to my origi-
piness. It helps me to see that I am the nal statement.
creator of my own thoughts and state
of mind. It is my choice what feeling I Choosing Happiness is a Choice.
choose to have on any given day. This Anytime you choose, you are making
does not mean I don’t go with the flow a decision. You are engaging your power.
of feelings, but that I can choose at any Think about how you are feeling right
now. How long has it been since you
given moment to change what it is I
For example, if I am having a hectic
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as appreciation, gratitude, joy or numb- ing point. It was a choice. Would you
ness. I can choose to vacate and dis- rather go through life choosing happi-
connect from my feelings, I can space ness and drawing happy experiences to
out and be oblivious, or I can call upon you, or by sitting in pain and expecting
the grace of the moment and be one the worst, thereby feeling the worst?
with the beauty. It is still a choice.
These are all options. It is your choice.
People who complete treatment are invited to join our
Why Not Choose to
We Have the Power to Choose
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I think we as a society, collectively I ask only that this stirs a thought with- week, including patient group therapy, multi-family
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are. I mean really full of power. We at the power you possess and carpe
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When I think told me to take it
about moving a row at a time.
Spiritual Situations up to the front
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BY REVEREND LEO BOOTH
n many recovery programs, we often The following story helped me remem-
I hear the phrase, “Act as if.” This saying
is compatible with the philosophy of
C.S. Lewis, who in “Mere Christianity”
ber how accepting Jesus is:
There were really four kings- the “Four
Magi” visiting the baby Jesus. One was a
wrote, “Do not waste time bothering little dizzy and got lost for 33 years. We all
whether you love your neighbor; act as if get lost at times. Some of us are lost for
you did.” months, years or even longer. The tragic
I know this works. On one of our journeys cases are those who never find themselves.
to Vietnam, a decidedly awkward woman The lost King in question faced many
who joined me on the trip and whose atti- problems and challenges. As such, he sold
the precious gifts originally intended to
tude reflected the familiar “glass is half
place at the feet of the “babe in the
empty” perspective, remarked, “Vietnam is manger.” Life can be expensive!
not what I expected. It’s so old and full of After 33 years this king, arrived in
ruins and rundown temples. And the people Jerusalem, which was crammed with peo-
seem to have a hard time understanding ple rushing to and fro. “What is going on?”
English and the weather here is so hot!” He inquired.
“Katherine (her name has been changed) “An execution. A good man is being cru-
but would you really want it to look and cified. Come and see!”
feel like Seattle?” Our “lost King”, was a foreigner with
“And they eat rice every day.” She con- dark skin, unusual clothes, and a different
tinued. accent obviously a stranger to the Romans
“But we’ve had a variety of foods, even and Jews. Being tall and strong, he pushed
continental breakfasts with American his way to the front of the pack as the pris-
food.” I told her. oner was led to Golgotha, Place of the
“Well, that’s true,” she sighed. Skull, where criminals were crucified.
“And you seem to enjoy meeting all the Jesus fell for the third time.
children playing on the streets. You took so A caring soldier looked around to find
many photographs of those you children help. He saw the stranger. “You. Come
forward, help him.”
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“That’s true.” Now she was feeling
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ticing the “act as if” approach. “Shall we most precious gift. Thank you,” said Jesus. • DUI Problems
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“Next year, can we go to other parts of
Vietnam Rev. Leo?” She asked me. recovery towards strangers we meet along
I thought to myself, “Katherine, you are the way, accepting them in all their creative
and delightful differences..
Spirituality is about the gift of service,
At first she wanted to criticize Vietnam,
now she wants to arrange the itinerary for gratitude and an “act as if” philosophy.
Reverend Leo Booth is a Unity minister, a published
author, conference and workshop presenter in all
next year! Go figure! People are strange. I
aspects of addiction. He is a Spiritual Advisor to
am strange. I suspect you, the reader, are a
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little strange. Yes, we are all a little strange
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room or by the side of their bed to read each
day. I have my own daily meditation book
and I make an effort to read it each day and
I am pleasantly surprised at what I read.
At an early age, I was first attracted to the
teachings of Jesus because he seemed so
nonjudgmental, although I must confess I
also loved the incense, vestments and bell-
ringing at my English church.
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Sobriety And Beyond
THE IMPORTANCE OF
SLEEP IN RECOVERY
BY JENNI SCHAEFER
oday each email, phone call, and In early recovery, I frequently relapsed
T text message annoys me. I feel like
everyone is out to get me. I am
overwhelmed about nothing particu-
larly overwhelming and stressed out
about nothing particularly stressful. I am
after experiencing sleepless nights. Lack
of sleep caused me to lose touch with my
hunger and fullness cues, which led to
binging. This would often push me into a
depression where I would sometimes
moody, anxious, irritable, impatient, sleep for days in a coma-like state. My
short-tempered, emotional, and grouchy. body needed sleep and --- just like food -
Coffee anyone? -- it was going to get it one way or anoth-
Just kidding. I wouldn’t be the er. I finally began giving myself sleep in
most fun person to share a cup of cof- a healthy way. I made sleep a priority. I
fee with right now, and I know exact- had to schedule it and catch some z’s no
ly why. I am sleep-deprived. I am only matter what, whether I thought I needed
a little sleep deprived for only two it or not. As I began to focus more on
nights, and I already feel really bad. getting the right amount of rest, I was
I have learned that I personally need more easily able to stay on track with
around 8 hours of sleep per night to be at food.
my most productive and happy. This Today I try to do whatever it takes to
amount of sleep seems like a lot to me, get enough sleep each night. In my trav-
because it is significantly more that what els, I tell people that I don’t take 6 am
I used to get not that many years ago. flights, because I don’t function well
Interestingly enough, I now know that I when I wake up at 3 am. (Does anyone?)
should have been getting even more If I am trying to meet a writing deadline
sleep as a younger person than I do now. in the evening, I give myself a specific
age, lifestyle, and even genet- Looking back, I on when I need to go to bed.
We all need different amounts time when I have to be fin-
of sleep depending on our ished. I set this time based
can see that
poor sleep habits not finishingeven if it means
ics. I will finish the project by
Looking back, I can see that set time
went hand in
that poor sleep habits went perfectly. It is
hand with an
hand in hand with an eating more important to get a good
disorder I struggled with for nights rest than to turn in a
attitude toward both sleep and eating disorder I such thing as a perfect paper
many years. I had the same perfect paper. There’s no
food. I didn’t need sleep just struggled with anyway, so why should I lose
felt guilty for both sleeping for many years.
like I didn’t need food, and I sleep over it?
After all of this talk, you
and eating. Sleep deprivation are probably wondering why
more often than not led directly to eating I am sleep-deprived right now. I am not
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tain (very small) amount of sleep per
night, I felt unbearably guilty. To avoid meet a work deadline. I stayed up late
this guilt, I chose to live in a constant because I was watching late-night televi-
state of sleep deprivation. I now under- sion with friends two nights ago. Then,
stand why I had such a difficult time con- last night, I stayed up too late having fun
centrating in class, why I dozed off and helping a friend put a desk together for
drooled on top of my books in the another friend. Nothing says fun like
library, and why I never seemed to retain assembling office furniture! For me, los-
information from semester to semester. I ing sleep in order to have more fun is
understand how lack of sleep contributed actually progress in some ways. (I am
to my being stressed out and unhappy
much of the time. If I had gotten more having more fun these days, which is
sleep, I now know that I could have stud- something I used to feel horribly guilty
ied a lot less and actually been much for as well.) But even more progress
more productive in school. I would have would mean not losing sleep and still hav-
enjoyed myself more too. ing fun. So tonight, I already moved my
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seemed to understand this idea; they can get a good night’s rest. I know that
slept well. I actually remember think- sleep must be a priority. Day by day, night
ing they were lazy for getting the by night, I am learning how to better bal-
appropriate amount of sleep each ance my life.
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problem, but two. In adolescents, however, drug or in determining the appropriate level of care. There are
person who has both an alcohol or drug prob-
lem and an emotional/psychiatric problem is alcohol abuse may merge and continue into adulthood, several different levels or intensities of care including
said to have a dual diagnosis. To recover which may contribute to the development of emotional full hospitalization or inpatient treatment, partial hospi-
fully, the person needs treatment for both difficulties or psychiatric disorders. talization, and outpatient treatment.
problems. In other cases, alcohol or drug dependency is the pri-
How Common Is Dual Diagnosis? mary condition. A person whose substance abuse prob- What is the Role of the Patient’s
Dual diagnosis is more common than you might imag- lem has become severe may develop symptoms of a psy- Family in Treatment?
ine. According to a report published by the Journal of chiatric disorder: perhaps episodes of depression, fits of With both rehabilitation for subse abuse and treat-
the American Medical Association*:Thirty-seven per- rage, hallucinations, or suicide attempts. ment for a psychiatric problem, education, counseling
cent of alcohol abusers and fifty-three percent of drug sessions, and support groups for the patient’s family
abusers also have at least one serious mental illness. Of How Can a Physician Tell W hether the Person’s are important aspects of overall care. The greater the
all people diagnosed as mentally ill, 29 percent abuse Primary Problem is Substance Abuse or an family’s understanding of the problems, the higher the
either alcohol or drugs. E mo tiona l Disorder? chances the patient will have a lasting recovery.
At the initial examination, it may be difficult to tell.
What Kind of Mental or Emotional Problems Since many symptoms of severe substance abuse mimic How Can Family and Friends Help with Recovery
are Seen in People with Dual Diagnosis? other psychiatric conditions, the person must go through from the Substance Abuse?
The following psychiatric problems are common to a withdrawal from alcohol and/or drugs before the They need to learn to stop enabling. Enabling is act-
occur in dual diagnosis - i.e., in tandem with alcohol or physician can accurately assess whether there’s an ing in ways that essentially help or encourage the per-
drug dependency. underlying psychiatric problem also. son to maintain their habit of drinking or getting high.
For instance, a woman whose husband routinely drinks
•Depressive disorders, such as depression and bipolar If a Person Does Have Both an Alcohol/Drug too much, might call in sick for him when he is too
disorder. Problem and an Emotional Problem, Which Should drunk to go to work. That’s enabling. Likewise, fami-
Be Treated First? ly members or friends might give an addict money
• Anxiety disorders, including generalized anxiety disor- Ideally, both problems should be treated simultaneously. which is used to buy drugs, because they’re either
der, panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and For any substance abuser, however, the first step in treat- sorry for him or afraid of him. That’s enabling also.
phobias. ment must be detoxification - a period of time during When family and friends participate in the recovery
which the body is allowed to cleanse itself of alcohol or program, they learn how to stop enabling. If they act
•Other psychiatric disorders, such as schizophrenia and drugs. Ideally, detoxification should take place under on what they’ve learned, the recovering substance
personality disorders. medical supervision. It can take a few days to a week or abuser is much less likely to relapse into drinking or
more, depending on what substances the person abused taking drugs.
The following table based on a National Institute of and for how long.
Mental Health study, lists seven major psychiatric disor- Until recently, alcoholics and drug addicts dreaded How Can Family and Friends Help with
ders and shows how much each one increases an indi detoxification because it meant a painful and sometimes Recovery from a Psychiatric Condition?
vidual’s risk for substance abuse life-threatening “cold turkey” withdrawal. Now, doctors They should be calm and understanding, rather than
Psy chiatric Disorder: are able to give hospitalized substance abusers carefully frightened or critical. They should be warm and open,
chosen medications which can substantially ease withdraw- rather than cool or cautious. Although it is fine to ask
Increa sed Ris k For Substance Abuse al symptoms. Thus, when detoxification is done under the person matter-of-factly about the psychiatric treat-
Antis ocial pers onality disorder medical supervision, it’s safer and less traumatic. ment, that shouldn’t be the only focus of conversation.
M anic episode What Is Next After Detoxification? Someone I Know Appears To Have A Substance
14 .5 Once detoxification is completed, it’s time for dual treat- Abuse Problem And The Symptoms Of A
Schizophrenia ment; rehabilitation for the alcohol or drug problem and Psychiatric Disorder, How Can I Help?
10.1 treatment for the psychiatric problem. Encourage the person to acknowledge the problems
Pa nic disorder Rehabilitation for a substance abuse problem usually and seek help for themselves. Suggest a professional
4.3 involves individual and group psychotherapy, education evaluation with a licensed physician, preferably at a
Major depress ive episode about alcohol and drugs, exercise, proper nutrition, and medical center that’s equipped to treat addiction prob-
4.1 participation in a 12-step recovery program such as lems and psychiatric conditions. If the person is reluc-
Obsessive -c ompulsive disorder Alcoholics Anonymous. The idea is not just to stay off tant, do the legwork yourself - find the facility, make
3.4 booze and drugs, but to learn to enjoy life without these the appointment, offer to go with the person. A little
Phobias “crutches.” encouragement may be all it takes. If you talk to the
2.4 Treatment for a psychiatric problem depends upon the physician first, be honest and candid about the trou-
Thus, someone suffering from schizophrenia is at a 10.1 diagnosis. For most disorders, individual and group bling behavior. Your input may give the doctor valu-
percent higher-than-average risk of being an alcoholic or therapy as well as medications are recommended. able diagnostic clues.
drug abuser. Someone who is having an episode of Expressive therapies and education about the particular There Is Hope.
major depression is at a 4.1 percent higher-than- psychiatric condition are often useful adjuncts. A sup- A s a r e l a t i v e o r f r i e n d , y o u c a n p l a y a n i m p o r-
average risk of being an alcohol or drug abuser…and so port group of other people who are recovering from the tant role in encouraging a person to seek profes-
on. same condition may also prove highly beneficial. sional diagnosis and treatment. By learning about
Adjunct treatment, such as occupational or expressive dual diagnosis, you can help this person find and
Which Develops First - Substance Abuse therapy, can help individuals better understand and com- stick with an effective recovery program.The
or the Emotional Problem? municate their feelings or develop better problem-solv- more you know about dual diagnosis, the more
It depends. Often the psychiatric problem develops ing or decision-making skills. you will see how substance abuse can go hand-in-
first. In an attempt to feel calmer, more peppy, or more hand with another psychiatric condition. As with
cheerful, a person with emotional symptoms may drink Must a Dual Diagnosis Patient any illness, a person with dual diagnosis can
or use drugs; doctors call this “self-medication.” Be Treated in a Hospital? improve once proper care is given. By seeking
Frequent self-medication may eventually lead to physi- Not necessarily. The nature and severity of the ill- out information, you can learn to recognize the
cal or psychological dependency on alcohol or drugs. ness, the associated risks or complications, and the per- signs and symptoms of dual diagnosis - and help
If it does, the person then suffers from not just one son’s treatment history are some of the facts considered someone live a healthier or more fulfilling life.
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RECOVERY RESOURCE GUIDE
Steps For Recovery Newspaper publishes Recovery Resource Guide monthly as a community service to assist those in need
of help or information. You are welcome to submit listings and volunteer needs. Submit your listing by mail, Email or fax.
Eternal Grace: Christian Recovery Ministry (818) 769-7627.
Fear of Success Anonymous: FOSA. (818) 628-6873.
N AT I O N A L I N F O R M AT I O N L.A . & SURRO UNDING COUNTY
Adult Children of Alcoholics World Service 12 Steps for Everybody (310) 428-0904 or visit Food Addicts Anonymous www.foodaddictsanonymous.org
AND HELP RE SOURCES RESO URCE G UI DE
Organization: (310) 534-1815, www.adultchildren.org. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) (800)
ADP California Dept. of Alcohol and Drug Programs AA Los Angeles (323) 936-4343.
AA Los Angeles (Spanish) (323) 735-2089. Friends helping Friends Inc: Homeless, No Money,
600-6028. Meeting info at www.foodaddicts.org
Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, 475 AA Meetings: Temple City (626) 286-9975.
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BY MICHEAL Z.
s 2009 grinds on, I’m finding that I ego. I had hurt a lot of people, including
A have to continue to surrender more
and more of my life. I don’t have to
tell you how the economy has made
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myself, and I was forced to admit that my
way wasn't the right way after all. Once I
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and I began to let God assume His proper
role in my life. Today, it's a relief not to
struggling with a lot of health issues as well. have to play God. It's so much easier to
Nothing life threatening, thank God, but suit up and show up, and to let God deter-
potentially painful, costly, and very incon- mine what results are the best for all con-
venient. As more and more things escape my cerned. Today I pray to be relieved of the
grip of imagined control, surrender once bondage of self, and I know the more I can
again is the way out. Thankfully, this is easi- get out of the way, the more good God can
er and easier to do the more practice I have do in and through my life. Today the dif-
with it. Whereas before I wanted and even ference between me and God is real clear.
needed to play God, nowadays I’m rewarded
by peace and serenity when I let go and let
God. I have resumed the practice of reading Re f l e c t i o n Q u e s t i o n s :
pages 86 to 88 in the Big Book each morn-
ing, and I find that my day not only goes bet- How often have I tried to play God?
ter when I do, but at the end of the day I’m
not exhausted like before. Turning my Why did I think I knew what was best
thoughts and actions over to God truly is the for myself and everyone else?
easier, softer way. I was at a meeting a few
weeks ago when I heard this month’s quote, What did I discover when I looked at
and I immediately understood the wisdom in my behavior?
it. Once again I was filled with gratitude that
I had a program and a way of dealing with
What did it take for me to surrender?
life on life’s terms, and it reminded me that I
can handle anything as long as I remember
that I am not in charge. My role is to suit up How often do I truly just suit up and
and show up and then surrender the results to show up?
my Higher Power. Now there’s a philosophy
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...as we trudge the road of happy destiny."
From Alcoholics Anonymous Page 64
Dictionary Defintions of the word trudge"
* slog: walk heavily and firmly, as when weary, or through mud.
* a long difficult walk. wordnet.princeton.edu/perl/webwn
* A tramp, i.e. a long and tiring walk; To walk wearily with heavy, slow steps;
To trudge along or over a route etc. en.wiktionary.org/wiki/trudge
* trudged - is to walk wearily with effort. A trudge is a hard or weary walk.
* trudger - someone who walks in a laborious heavy-footed manner
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