I decided to put this section in to help clarify the blog, share my views on addiction and sort out any general confusion. This is still a work in progress!
Who’s who?Clarissa: Me Leo: My longterm boy Crazy and The Dark One: my kitties Assorted AA friends: Caron, Porscha, Sam, Alicia, Ice Cream, Miss N, J, B, K, etc. Maiden Voyage: Porscha’s Women’s Meeting ASL: Awesome Sponsor Lady (aka my AA Sponsor)
What is the difference between addiction and alcoholism?
Addiction is an all-encompassing disease (drugs, food, behaviors, etc). Alcoholism is the specific addiction to alcohol.
Is alcohol a drug?
Can addiction be cured?
No. It is treatable, but it is a progressive, incurable disease.
What methods have you tried to treat your addiction?
Twelve Step Programs are the only thing that worked for me. I tried psychiatry and medication – neither worked. I can’t comment on rehabs or other forms of treatment as I have no experience with them.
Why were you in both NA and AA?
I came into recovery through NA but over the past year have transitioned to AA because the solution is the same and I have found a better home (for me) in NYC in AA. I now have a sponsor in AA and work the AA steps. would never recommend going to both programs to a newcomer, but I would recommend going to where you feel most c0mfortable. I am still in the middle of figuring it out myself.
Any questions I can answer on here for you guys?