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Posted by: anonkie | 2011/05/27

12 step programs

i have two questions.
what is the success rate on 12 step programs for substance addiction?

how much do heavy drinkers actually drink per day? from experience you should know how much alcohol on average patients consume?

thanks





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Good morning and thank you for your post.
Unfortunately we are unable to provide statistics for your questions. However all Twelve Step Programmes such as Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous are highly successful and are the backbone to recovery and sobriety.
Alcohol consumption can vary from person to person, we suggest answering the questions below which will give you a clearer understanding as to whether alcoholism / addiction applies to you.

Answer yes or no to the following seven questions. Most questions have more than one part, because everyone behaves slightly differently in addiction. You only need to answer yes to one part for that question to count as a positive response.

Tolerance. Has your use of drugs or alcohol increased over time?

Withdrawal. When you stop using, have you ever experienced physical or emotional withdrawal? Have you had any of the following symptoms:
irritability, anxiety, shakes, sweats, nausea, or vomiting?

Difficulty controlling your use. Do you sometimes use more or for a longer time than you would like? Do you sometimes drink to get drunk? Do you stop after a few drink usually, or does one drink lead to more drinks?

Negative consequences. Have you continued to use even though there have been negative consequences to your mood, self-esteem, health, job, or family?

Neglecting or postponing activities. Have you ever put off or reduced social, recreational, work, or household activities because of your use?

Spending significant time or emotional energy. Have you spent a significant amount of time obtaining, using, concealing, planning, or recovering from your use? Have you spend a lot of time thinking about using? Have you ever concealed or minimized your use? Have you ever thought of schemes to avoid getting caught?

Desire to cut down. Have you sometimes thought about cutting down or controlling your use? Have you ever made unsuccessful attempts to cut down or control your use?

If you answered yes to at least 3 of these questions, then you meet the medical definition of addiction. This definition is based on the of American Psychiatric Association (DSM-IV) and the World Health Organization (ICD-10) criteria.(1). We would then suggest that you call Harmony Clinic on 021 790 7779 to speak confidentially to our Clinical Director.

Love and Light The Harmony Team

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Our users say:
Posted by: Anon101 | 2011/06/14

Hi,
The NA and AA runs on the principle that they have a solution to your addiction for it be Alcohol or Drugs. If you are an active user then you most definetly know how difficult it is to stop with your addiction. The first step to your recovery is to choose recovery! No-one can force you to stop becuase you ll just relapse after a while! you need to choose to stop for yourself.

The 12 steps were not just written by anyone. It was written by a alcoholic who has since helped millions of people. He himself is blessed by God as he found a solution to the problem of addiction!

Therefore my answer to you is it definetly works only if you choose to want to stop!

And if you wondering if you''re an addict then you are because a sane person wont even consider it!

Regards,
Anon101

Reply to Anon101
Posted by: Addictions expert | 2011/05/30

Good morning and thank you for your post.
Unfortunately we are unable to provide statistics for your questions. However all Twelve Step Programmes such as Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous are highly successful and are the backbone to recovery and sobriety.
Alcohol consumption can vary from person to person, we suggest answering the questions below which will give you a clearer understanding as to whether alcoholism / addiction applies to you.

Answer yes or no to the following seven questions. Most questions have more than one part, because everyone behaves slightly differently in addiction. You only need to answer yes to one part for that question to count as a positive response.

Tolerance. Has your use of drugs or alcohol increased over time?

Withdrawal. When you stop using, have you ever experienced physical or emotional withdrawal? Have you had any of the following symptoms:
irritability, anxiety, shakes, sweats, nausea, or vomiting?

Difficulty controlling your use. Do you sometimes use more or for a longer time than you would like? Do you sometimes drink to get drunk? Do you stop after a few drink usually, or does one drink lead to more drinks?

Negative consequences. Have you continued to use even though there have been negative consequences to your mood, self-esteem, health, job, or family?

Neglecting or postponing activities. Have you ever put off or reduced social, recreational, work, or household activities because of your use?

Spending significant time or emotional energy. Have you spent a significant amount of time obtaining, using, concealing, planning, or recovering from your use? Have you spend a lot of time thinking about using? Have you ever concealed or minimized your use? Have you ever thought of schemes to avoid getting caught?

Desire to cut down. Have you sometimes thought about cutting down or controlling your use? Have you ever made unsuccessful attempts to cut down or control your use?

If you answered yes to at least 3 of these questions, then you meet the medical definition of addiction. This definition is based on the of American Psychiatric Association (DSM-IV) and the World Health Organization (ICD-10) criteria.(1). We would then suggest that you call Harmony Clinic on 021 790 7779 to speak confidentially to our Clinical Director.

Love and Light The Harmony Team

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