Insomnia is at the top of the list of common problems for both active addicts and the newly recovering, and sleeping meds can pose risks.
In most cases, the intrusive thoughts associated with addiction (cravings, disturbing images, etc) go away during the course of recovery.
The coffee is just not that tasty. Yet they were getting something out of it that was important to them.
This is where ‘recovery work’ comes in, in the form of acquiring healthy strategies to successfully handle (i.e., without resorting to substance use) stressful situations and resulting emotions.
Close to 20% reported being in recovery from one or more behavioral addictions – especially disordered eating, sex and love addiction, and self harm…
It’s a good question to put to a newcomer, in AA/NA or in therapy: “How much work are you willing to put into this process?”
People attend AA for a variety of reasons, in different stages of readiness, and with diverse objectives in mind.
Both sides present arguments, and for the most part, those arguments depend on the separation of spirituality from religion.
AA and NA aren’t designed to have a ‘success rate’. Their mission is to reach out a helping hand to those who still suffer.