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Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas

All of us here at Your Daily Fix would like to wish you and yours a Very
MERRY  CHRISTMAS
And a blessed
New Year
Happy Birthday Jesus
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Remember:  “It is what it is and “it ain’t nothing but a thing!”

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Addiction - Part II


Addiction: the state of being enslaved to a habit or practice or to something that is psychologically or physically habit-forming, as narcotics, to such an extent that its cessation causes severe trauma.

Welcome back folks.  We hope that the information in our last post was helpful and that you have a better understanding of addiction. 

If you missed the last post, please take the time to read over it now as the information in it explains addiction very well. 

As you read, all addictions have two aspects in common.  1) addiction is counter-productive and 2) addictive behavior is persistent.

Most of us know all too well the counter-productiveness of our addiction.  And we certainly should understand the persistence of it.

Our behavior usually resulted in problems and troubles and we would usually make un-keep-able promises not to do it again.

In short, we had a unique ability to get tight at the wrong moment.

That’s where we will pick it up next time.

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Remember:  “It is what it is and “it ain’t nothing but a thing!” 

  

 

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Addiction - Part 1

Addiction:  the state of being enslaved to a habit or practice or to something that is psychologically or physically habit-forming, as narcotics, to such an extent that its cessation causes severe trauma.

Welcome back folks we hope that you’re ready to embark on Addiction.
Being enslaved….sound familiar?  Addiction isn’t the normal Friday night high or buzz.  When we are addicted to something we are enslaved to it.  We must have it, at any cost.  But before we get into that, let’s take a look at some information that we found on About.com.   The following information is excerpts from this article and give a very good explanation on Addiction.

 
*Although the precise symptoms vary from one addiction to another, in clarifying what is an addiction, there are two aspects that all addictions have in common.

Firstly, the addictive behavior is maladaptive or counter-productive to the individual. So instead of helping the person adapt to situations or overcome problems, it tends to undermine these abilities.

For example, a gambler might wish he had more money –- yet gambling is more likely to drain his financial resources. A heavy drinker might want to cheer herself up –- yet alcohol use contributes to the development of her depression. A sex addict may crave intimacy –- yet the focus on sexual acts may prevent real closeness from developing.

Secondly, the behavior is persistent. When someone is addicted, they will continue to engage in the addictive behavior, despite it causing them trouble.

So an occasional weekend of self-indulgence is not addiction, although it may cause different kinds of problems. Addiction involves more frequent engagement in the behavior.

*Because the media, in particular, have portrayed addicts as hopeless, unhappy people whose lives are falling apart, many people with addictions do not believe they are addicted as long as they are enjoying themselves, and they are holding their lives together.

Often people’s addictions become ingrained in their lifestyle, to the point where they never or rarely feel withdrawal symptoms. Or they may not recognize their withdrawal symptoms for what they are, putting them down to aging, working too hard, or just to not liking mornings. People can go for years without realizing how dependent they are on their addiction.

*Addictions are harmful both to the person with the addiction, and to the people around them.

The biggest problem is the addicted person’s failure to recognize the harm their addiction is doing. They may be in denial about the negative aspects of their addiction, choosing to ignore the effects on their health, life patterns and relationships. Or they may blame outside circumstances or other people in their lives for their difficulties.

The harm caused by addiction is particularly difficult to recognize when the addiction is the person’s main way of coping with the other problems they have. Sometimes other problems are directly related to the addiction, for example, health problems, and sometimes they are indirectly related to the addiction, for example, relationship problems.

Some people who get addicted to substances or activities are very aware of their addictions, and even the harms caused by the addiction, but keep doing the addictive behavior anyway. This can be because they don’t feel they can cope without the addiction, because they are avoiding dealing with some other issue that the addiction distracts them from (such as being abused as a child), or because they do not know how to enjoy life any other way.

The harm of addiction may only be recognized when the addicted person goes through a crisis. This can happen when the addictive substance or behavior is taken away completely, and the person goes into withdrawal and cannot cope. Or it can occur as a consequence of the addiction, such as a serious illness, a partner leaving, or loss of a job.

You can read the full article Here 

We hope that this information has been a helpful introduction into Addiction.

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Remember:  “It is what it is and “it ain’t nothing but a thing!” 

 

 

 

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!!!!


We here at Your Daily Fix hope that your Thanksgiving Holiday is safe, sober and clean and that you enjoy all the blessings that you have been given this past year and anticipate those yet to come.  Those of us that have been in the Recovery arena for a few days know all too well just how important it is to have an "attitude of gratitude".  This time of year is the perfect time to enhance our gratitude list.  And if you haven't started yours yet it's especially a good time to do that also.  

The Thanksgiving Song - IgniterMedia.com from ignitermedia on GodTube.

 

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Remember:  “It is what it is and “it ain’t nothing but a thing!” 

 

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Veterans and Substance Abuse



Hello Folks – welcome back.  I know that we are supposed to start our discussion about Addiction but since tomorrow is Veteran’s Day we are going to change the tone here.  WAIT-Don’t touch that mouse!!  The information we are going to share with you will be of benefit to all of us.

Let me begin by telling ALL our veterans  Thank You for your service to our Country.

Without your unselfish service, we the people could not enjoy the freedoms we have in the United States.  Far too often, we take these liberties and their cost for granted.  The majority of Americans don’t realize all the sacrifices that our veterans have made to ensure that we can go about our daily lives as usual.  So for all the missed birthdays, anniversaries, Thanksgivings, Christmas’ and other special occasions that we are able to celebrate but that you, by your duty to country, have missed – I salute you.  Moreover, for all the loss of limbs and organs, for the nightmares and for the unthinkable memories that you live with for My freedom-I send out a genuine heartfelt Thank You.

Here are some interesting and important statistics that those of you in the Recovery Arena might not be aware of:

            7% of the US population is veterans

            About 23% of the homeless population in the America is veterans

            20% of the annual suicides in the US are committed by veterans-18 deaths per day

            Of veterans with substance abuse issues 68% choose alcohol as their drug of choice

Folks, this information isn’t provided to in any way down our veterans.  But to show that they have issues and problems and addictions like you and I do.  Maybe for different reasons but none the less they are real.  And to remind us of just how much we are indebted to our US veterans for all that they have forfeited for our country.

So, have you hugged a vet lately?  Have you told a vet Thank You for your service?  Have you bought a vet a meal?  In what better way could we do our service work than to help out a veteran and/or their family?  Not just at Veterans Day but every day.

Join us again soon.

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Remember:  “It is what it is and “it ain’t nothing but a thing!” 

  

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Recovery - Part 5


Recovery: restoration or return to any former and better condition

Hello folks and welcome back.  I apologize about the abrupt change for our last post; we had a communications mix up. 

In our last discussion on Recovery we talked about the character trait of Honesty and how that this trait is the foundation of our Recovery effort. 

While open mindedness and willingness are vital to our Recovery journey, without rigorous honesty we won’t get too far.  As we have mentioned, if you can’t be honest with yourself, then how can you expect to Recover.

It’s one thing to come to in the morning and not remember much about last night and say “I need to stop doing this”. But it’s a whole different ballgame to stand in front of the mirror and admit to the person looking back at you “I’ve got a real problem and I need help.”

It’s that kind of honesty that is required in order to Recover.  However, experience has taught us that Not all of begin with this type of honesty.  Do not be discouraged.  If you are willing to go to any length to recover and will take the tools that have and will be made available to you, then you too can recover. 

As we have mentioned in our previous posts, no matter what your situation may be there is Hope.  But, open mindedness, willingness and honesty are essential to a successful Recovery Journey.

Through most of our previous posts we have attempted to encourage you and to provide you with a better understanding of Recovery.  Now it’s time to begin our discussion about addiction; what it is and how it affects us and those around us.

Join us again soon.

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Remember:  “It is what it is and “it ain’t nothing but a thing!” 

Saturday, October 13, 2012

October - National Breast Cancer Awareness Month


October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and there are various activities planned nationwide for the month to support this cause.

The American Cancer Society provides excellent information on breast cancer.  The link below will take you to their site.


The American Cancer Society holds the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walks and they get support from several national corporate sponsors.  Below is a list of some of their corporate sponsors.

Athena, Chevrolet, Lee, NFL, dressbarn, Longaberger, maurices, The Pampered Chef, cascade cart solutions, H & M, Lady Foot Locker, TangerOutlets, A.C. Moore, Wild Delight, Lowe’s, Pink Hair for Hope, Barclays, Chicago, Havertys, Paul Mitchell, 3M, Ace, Bridgestone and Pink Ride.

The link below will take you to a page where you can learn more about these corporate sponsors and their support for the cause of breast cancer.


 

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Recovery - Part 4


Recovery: restoration or return to any former and better condition

Honesty refers to a facet of moral character and denotes positive and virtuous attributes such as integrity, truthfulness and straightforwardness along with the absence of lying, cheating or theft.

Welcome back folks.  Last time we left off discussing honesty and how that without exercising rigorous honesty you could not recover.

While this statement is true, it is not meant to be a discouragement to you.  From the beginning, this blog has endeavored to encourage you and to express that no matter what your situation is that there is Hope.  This is a true statement.  However, as we progress in the recovery process we will be discussing hard truths that just can’t be sugar coated.  “It is what it is” but nothing ever posted here is by no means meant to discourage anyone.  However, if we are not honest, Rigorously honest with you then we are doing you an injustice.

As we get deeper into this we will be discussing character traits and attributes in various forms.  Honesty is the foundation of all these and vital to recovery.  First, you must be able to be honest with yourself.  If you can’t stand in front of the mirror and be honest with the person looking back at you then how do you ever expect to recover?  You’ve got to be able to see, know and admit to yourself that You have a problem before you can get help with it.  It isn’t enough that your parents, spouse, boss, friends or even a judge tells you that you have a problem.  You’ve got to come to terms with it for yourself before recovery can take hold. 

This is not to say that for those of us with addiction issues being sentenced to meetings is of no avail.  We can learn a lot in these settings even when we don’t really want to be there -  Especially if we will exercise willingness and open-mindedness. But, for true recovery to take root and grow in us, we have to first honestly admit to ourselves that we have a problem.  

This is where we will pick up next time.

Join us again soon as we discuss more about Recovery and your comments about it. 

Until then ……. be sure to tell a friend about us.

Thanks for visiting us – come back soon.

Remember:  “It is what it is and “it ain’t nothing but a thing!” 

 

 

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Recovery - Part 3


Recovery: restoration or return to any former and better condition

Last time we looked at a short list of what Recovery Is Not and we left off by introducing three character traits that are essential to your Recovery. 

Let’s take a brief look at these traits and their meaning.

         Willingness- Entering into a Recovery, rehab or 12 Step Program can be unsettling and scary.  You know - that element of the unknown and unfamiliar - the whole getting out of our comfort   zone thing.  This is understandable and that is why your “willingness”, your “freedom from reluctance” is so important.  If one is hesitant, if one’s mind is not ready to accept new ideas, then the probably of one’s success in Recovery is almost nil. 

         Open-mindedness – To best explain this term we will have to break it down.  First, open means to become receptive to knowledge.  Next, since mindedness isn’t in my dictionary we will use mind set.  This is a mental attitude that determines how one will interpret and respond to situations.  So putting them together for the purpose of Recovery, open-mindedness basically refers to one’s positive mental attitude toward being receptive to new knowledge.

         Honesty- Exercising this trait is where the rubber meets the road.  Honesty is the most important of these three traits.  Without rigorous honesty, with yourself first and then with others, you Will Not Recover.  Period!!

That is where we will pick it up next time..

Join us again soon as we discuss more about Recovery and your comments about it. 

Until then ……. be sure to tell a friend about us.

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Remember:  “It is what it is and “it ain’t nothing but a thing!” 

   

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Recovery - Part 2


Recovery: restoration or return to any former and better condition

Ok folks now that we’ve set some parameters, let’s get strapped in and embark on your journey of Recovery.

Since there seems to be a lot of misconceptions as to what Recovery actually is and what it involves, let’s start by taking a look at what Recovery isn’t. 

         Recovery IS NOT;

                  Attending meetings

                  Being clean and/or being sober

                 Getting a job

                 Saying “I’m sorry”

                 Attending church

                 Doing service work

                 Making restitution

                 Working the steps with a sponsor

While all these things are good and will help you on your Recovery Journey, of themselves they are not Recovery.  Being returned to any former and better condition involves much more that what is listed above.  The Recovery Journey does take time, energy, patience and discipline. 

But most importantly, Your success is dependent upon you giving yourself over to three character traits:  willingness, open mindedness and honesty.  If you will employ these into a planned program of action, Recovery is very possible for you.

Simple-just not easy.

Give this some thought for a bit and we’ll pick it up here next time.

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Remember:  “It is what it is and “it ain’t nothing but a thing!”   

Sunday, September 9, 2012

STOP THE PRESSES


September is National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month

STOP THE PRESSES


It has come to our attention, through your responses, that there are a lot of folks out there that don’t understand what their problem and/or issue really is.  They know that they have a problem but aren’t sure just what that problem really is or what to do about it. 

So before we go any further with the topic of “Recovery”, we’re going to pause and make a statement here.  Up until now Your Daily Fix Blog has discussed the topics of Hope, Believe, Faith, and Denial, topics that can be of benefit to any and everyone.  We have not focused on a specific issue, hang-up, problem or addiction yet. 

It would be nearly impossible for us to list every hurt, hang-up, problem, addiction or 12 Step Program here, much less adequately discuss them.  So starting with our next post, we will begin dealing directly with alcohol and drug addiction and the Recovery from those.  Although we feel very strongly that the mechanics of a solid 12 Step Program are similar and that anyone can benefit from working in one, the subject matter that we are going to begin using may not be specific enough for your particular situation.  As much as we would like to keep everyone here with us, it is much more important to us that you find the place where You can get the help and information that You need.  That is why our website lists so many different areas of help.  From overeating to shopaholic, from sex/porn addiction, to gambling, from abuse and molestation to suicide help etc.    Additionally, you will find link and/or contact information for shelters in your area and other resources if you’re homeless. Remember:

Our primary purpose is to help others who are suffering from addictions, hurts and other destructive issues by carrying the message of Hope to them. 

 

We ARE NOT doctors, therapists, psychologist, psychiatrist, etc. but we have graduated from the School of Hard Knocks.  With honors I might add.  What we present here is from our own experience and from what we have learned by working with others in the recovery arena.  We strongly encourage everyone to seek the advice of medical and/or mental health professionals before embarking on any recovery effort. They are better equipped to assess your individual needs.

We are not shutting the door on anyone here, we will still be here to help anyone in any way that we can.  While we welcome you to stay with us or to at least visit us often while we discuss Recovery, we do encourage you to seek the recovery arena that is best suited to your specific
need(s). 

That being said, join us again soon as we will be sharing a lot of good information and discussing your comments on Recovery.  We are really excited that God has allowed us to coincide our discussion on “Recovery” with National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month. 

Until then ……. be sure to tell a friend about us.

Thanks for visiting us – come back soon.

Remember:  “It is what it is and “it ain’t nothing but a thing!” 

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Recovery - Part 1


Recovery: restoration or return to any former and better condition

We hope that everyone had a great Labor Day Weekend and that you are strapped in and ready to take off on your journey to Recovery.

For those of you that have been with us before, you have probably noticed the word recovery mentioned in our previous posts.  But what is Recovery?  How does one achieve recovery? Can I recover?

These are excellent questions and it is our desire that by the time that we are done discussing this topic- you will understand what recovery is and more importantly what recovery isn’t.

But in order for us to adequately examine Recovery, we need your input.  We are asking you to contact us by any of the methods listed below and tell us your thoughts, experiences and concerns on this topic.

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What do you think recovery is?  Can one achieve recovery?  If so, how?   Etc.  As always, all comments are anonymous and we never sell, rent or share your personal information so relax and contact us today.

Join us again soon as we begin to discuss Recovery and your comments about it. 

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Remember:  “It is what it is and “it ain’t nothing but a thing!”  

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Labor Day

 
 

"We here at Your Daily Fix hope that all of you have a safe, fun, happy, clean and sober Labor Day Weekend."

"Join us Tuesday as we begin to explore the topic Recovery."

Until then ... be sure to tell a friend about us.

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Remember: “It is what it is and “it ain’t nothing but a thing!”


Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Denial - Conclusion

Denial: A person's refusal to admit or accept that he or she has an addiction problem

It is our hope that, at the very least, a seed has been planted within you about your issue(s) and that you are ready to face your problem(s) and begin the journey down the road to Recovery.
We have put a big emphasis on Denial because it is a huge stumbling block in the Recovery arena.  If you can’t admit that There Is a problem, that YOU have a problem or that YOU are a problem, you CAN NOT successfully Recover.  Period!  Not being negative here, just honest.

Join us next time as we start our discussion on Recovery, after which we will begin an in-depth look at the 12 Steps.
We welcome your questions and/or comments on this issue so call, text or e-mail them in.
   
Reminder:  Visit our website and click the “12 Steps” tab and review the Steps that we will be discussing soon.  While you are there read over the glossary of terms that we are using.

Until then ….. be sure to tell a friend about us.

Thanks for visiting us – come back soon.

Remember: “It is what it is and “it ain’t nothing but a thing!”

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Denial - More of Living in the Lie

Well, hello folks.  We’re back.  Thank you guys for your patience with our absence.  We got a lot of ground to make up so let’s get right to it.

Denial:  A person's refusal to admit or accept that he or she has an addiction problem

According to the Mayo Clinic staff, “If you’re in denial, you’re not being realistic about something that is happening in your life-something that might be obvious to those around you.”

Have you ever wondered why some people have shied away from you? Do you get tired of hearing that you are selfish or that you’re lazy or that you are a worthless bum?  Are you tired of being asked “where have you been,” “why are you late,”  “what have you been doing,” etc?   Do you feel that everyone is down on you, out to get you or that everyone else is wrong?

How about the “no one understands me,” “Why can’t people just leave me alone,” “I’m not hurting anybody,” “it’s my business,” etc? 

Do any of these sound familiar?  If so, then it’s a good bet that you are in denial about something in your life.

I mean, seriously, do you really think that everyone is wrong?  Have you ever honestly considered that they have a reason to ask and/or point out these things?

I know and realize that it is possible for us to not see ourselves at times.  However, I also realize that if we are having problems and if folks are on us and bringing up stuff, then we really need to take a look in the mirror and come to grips with who and what we see.

So, taking off the gloves here folks, if you can’t get real and be honest, rigorously honest, then You Have a Zero Percentage for Success in Recovery.  It is what it is!  And until you come to terms with your issue(s) you will continue to progressively get worse. Period!

Join us next time as we conclude denial.  Thanks again for your patience.

Until then ….. be sure to tell a friend about us.
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Remember: “It is what it is and “it ain’t nothing but a thing!”

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Back Again!

Hey Folks!  Haven't forgot about you - just life being life.  I have had some family issues that needed my immediate attention.  Will return shortly.  Thanks for your patience.

In the meantime - a bit of humor for you to enjoy.



Be sure to come back soon as we will be continuing regular posts shortly.

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Remember: "It is what it is and "it ain't nothing but a thing!" 

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Toon Time!


We hope you enjoy the bit of humor.  Be sure to come back soon as we will be continuing regular posts shortly.

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Remember:  "It is what it is and "it ain't nothing but a thing!" 

Friday, June 1, 2012

Denial .... Continued


 Denial: A person's refusal to admit or accept that he or she has an addiction problem

 Living in the Lie…Cont’

Those of us with addiction issues are extremely good at practicing denial.  We can make excuses, place blame and concoct all sorts of answers and stories to convince ourselves that we do not have a problem.

In our denial state, we fabricate the most ridiculous tales in an attempt to mask our behavior.  We place blame on anything and everything from the baby to our boss, from the vehicles to the weather, from the police officer to the laws, from our spouse to our parents.  This list goes on forever.

We lie at times when the truth would fit better.  That’s what denial is-living in the lie.  And we are very good at it.

Sadly, some of us don’t get a grip on our denial until something drastic happens.  We call this hitting bottom.  Why we have to bottom out before we get a clue is not actually known.  But it seems that that is what it takes for the majority of us to “wake up”.  That’s if we are blessed enough to realize that we’ve hit bottom. 

Unfortunately, there are many in our ranks that never do- they are either in the grave, in the pen or in the asylum.

Denial is a very dangerous symptom of our illness.  Getting it under foot is a real matter of life or death for us.

Join us next time as we continue the subject of denial.

Reminder:  Visit our website (…….) and click the “12 Steps” tab and review the Steps that we will be discussing soon.  While you are there read over the glossary of terms that we are using.

Until then ….. be sure to tell a friend about us.

Thanks for visiting us – come back soon.

Remember: “It is what it is and “it ain’t nothing but a thing!”

 

Monday, May 28, 2012

Memorial Day 2012


Originally called Decoration Day, Memorial Day became a National holiday in 1971 to be celebrated on the last Monday in the month of May.  It was a day established to remember those who died serving in the military of the United States.

We here at YDFBlog appreciate ALL the men and women who serve in the US Armed Forces.   We Thank You for your service.

Today, however, we pause to pay special tribute to the thousands of men and women who gave their lives while serving in the US military.  To those individuals whom we cannot shake hands with today, we take a moment of silence to honor you.

We also want to take a minute to Thank the families of those whose loved ones made the ultimate sacrifice so that you and I could have the freedoms that we take for granted every day. Freedoms which, without their loss, would not be possible for us to have today.

Suggestion:  In the spirit of recovery, when we do our service work today, why don't we do something extra for that military widow/widower down the street?  Or for that family next door that lost their son or daughter in military service to this nation.  Wouldn't it be awesome if we really "got out of ourselves" and "showed" our gratitude for the sacrifice that their loved one made for us?

So just for today, be grateful for the freedoms that we enjoy every day in this nation and remember that it was bought with a great price.  Freedom truly isn’t Free! 

Join us again soon as we continue Denial.

Until then ....... be sure to tell a friend about us.

Thanks for visiting us - come back soon.

Remember:  “It is what it is and “it ain’t nothing but a thing!”

Friday, May 18, 2012

Living In The Lie


Faith: confidence or trust in a person or thing

Okay folks, so far we have tried to break up some hardened ground here.  In our discussions about Hope and Believe we have tried to encourage you and emphasize that;

    No matter what your circumstances or situations are, there is Hope.

    If you Believe it and work for it, you can achieve recovery.

   You have worth and you are important.

 Hopefully, our discussions thus far have softened the soil of your heart and mind and you are now ready for the next phase of this process.

Now that the soil has been broken, it’s time to shovel away the dirt and prepare the ground to lay a solid foundation for your recovery. From now on, the discussions will be a little more intrusive and will require you to “get real”.  

Think about your current situation.  Do you know or at least think that you have a problem and are ready to get help…  If so, then call, text or e-mail me now.  Do not put if off.  This is huge.

However, if you do not feel or know that you have a problem or you are not ready to accept it (denial) then continue reading.

We will define Denial as: A person's refusal to admit or accept that he or she has an addiction problem.  Denial is one of the symptoms of the illness of addiction. It is this symptom that makes recovery so difficult and must be dealt with before recovery can take place.

Addiction is an illness which convinces you that you do not have a problem.

Before confessing that we had a problem, most of us used very similar denial strategies to prove that we didn’t have a problem.  Statements like, “We don’t have a problem or that we can stop or quit anytime we want to.”  We would blame our actions on others or on our childhood issues.  We might even give into the idea that this is just the way we are, “I can’t change” or “I just can’t help myself.”  And the list goes on and on.

For those of us with a drinking problem, we tried the beer only, never drinking alone, drinking only at a designated time, etc. methods.

For those of us with a drug problem we tried deleting our dealer’s number from our phone, never going into that neighborhood, only buying on Sunday, etc.

But regardless of our excuses and varied attempts, the results were always the same.  Yet we still deny that we have a problem.

The thing is, denial blocks us from the path to recovery.  And to deny the truth is to live in a lie.  If the truth sets us free, then the lie keeps us in bondage.  Recovery is to live in the Truth. Denial is to live in the Lie.

Until we get denial under our foot, we cannot recover.

Join us next time as we continue our discussion on Denial.

Until then …….. be sure to tell a friend about us.

Thanks for visiting us – come back soon.

Remember:  “It is what it is and “it ain’t nothing but a thing!”


Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Humor



 Cartoon compliments of:  (Copyright Gospel Communications International, Inc - www.reverendfun.com)

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Believe - Faith

OK, I hope that you enjoyed the "comic relief."

We left "Believe" with "as we step from Believe to Faith."  Sounds easy enough.  Truth is, this is a process that requires time and work to get accomplished.

Many may think that Believe and Faith are pretty much the same.  They are not.  Many may think that you can have Faith before you Believe.  You cannot.

To believe something, we trust that what we have read, been told, etc. is true.

To have faith in someone or something, we have experienced that it is true.

Thus far, our attempts here, be defining and reinforcing words, thoughts and emotions, has been to lay the foundation for the work ahead of us.  Nothing lasts for long without a solid foundation.

In order to get from "believe" to "faith" much time and work is required and many "steps" have to be taken.  If you have not done so already, please visit our website, Your Daily Fix, and review the "12 Steps" that we will begin to discuss in depth very soon.

It is through the process of "working" these steps that we experience the difference between believe and faith.  It's one thing to have head knowledge of something.  It's quite different to experience it and have the heart knowledge of it.

Join us next time as we begin our discussion on "Denial."

Keep in mind that you are important.  You matter.  You can recover.

Until then ..... be sure to tell a friend about us.

Thanks for visiting us - come back soon.

Remember:  "It is what it is and "it ain't nothing but a thing!"

Saturday, April 28, 2012

A Little Humor

 
In between our regular posts, we have decided to add a little humor!  Below is the first of these humorous cartoons.  Enjoy!

Come back soon as we will shortly have a new post for you.

Until then .... Be sure to tell a friend about us.

Remember:  "It is what it is and "it ain't nothing but a thing!"