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    Well, I'm carving a bit of time to put up the thread I committed to yesterday

    What this forum should hopefully be:

    A place to discuss addictions (any addictions) and the impact they have on family and society, as well as the rewards and benefits of recovery and the efficacy of treatment; personal experiences and strengths are encouraged, becase the therapeutic value of one addict speaking of his/her experiences for the benefit of helping another is phenomenal; anything related to addictions, such as those of us that have loved ones and friends who suffer from this disease and how we cope, etc. In addition, any questions related to these topics can be discussed. It's really an open book that's just waiting to be written.

    What it shouldn't really be:

    A place of counseling. If you're suffering from an addiction, and are seeking help, this is a great place (the environment itself) to seek suggestions and advice, however it is not to be substituted for formal counseling or support groups, as face-to-face contact is essential for those to be the most beneficial. I'll try to post some information in a thread re: how to obtain help for those that may not be comfortable with coming out in the open re: their own issues.

    A personal note:

    A few have suggested this forum as a good idea, and I support that idea. I think it's great, as any avenue that can be offered as a system of support and encouragement is always good. In addition to being a recovering addict myself, I'm also a substance abuse counselor. Because of that, I tend to be a bit more assertive, bordering on aggressive, because it's a passion I have - so, the reason I'm saying that is if discussions get started here, and heat begins, I sincerely don't mean offense

    I really do hope everyone will participate here, because everyone, regardless whether they think so or not, has something to offer.

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    I think this is really exciting, Mystery.

    There is so much that can be done with a forum area like this. It's one of the best uses of the internet, imo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by koan View Post
    I think this is really exciting, Mystery.

    There is so much that can be done with a forum area like this. It's one of the best uses of the internet, imo.
    Ya know, in another long ago forum I was a member of, I got the opportunity to moderate one, and it turned into a really successful forum. I truly enjoyed it, and I'm hoping this will be like that, although it's unmoderated and a group effort, which IMO will be better

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    For me too I would like to say that all of are touched by addiction at some points in our lives-maybe we don't ever admit it or maybe we do!

    I hope this can go all the places I would like it to! It is exciting! Well done Mystery!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hamster View Post
    For me too I would like to say that all of are touched by addiction at some points in our lives-maybe we don't ever admit it or maybe we do!

    I hope this can go all the places I would like it to! It is exciting! Well done Mystery!
    I hope you'll help take it the places you want it to go

    And how right you are hamster...most people are defo affected by addiction in one form or another.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mystery View Post
    What this forum should hopefully be:

    A place to discuss addictions (any addictions) and the impact they have on family and society, as well as the rewards and benefits of recovery and the efficacy of treatment; personal experiences and strengths are encouraged, becase the therapeutic value of one addict speaking of his/her experiences for the benefit of helping another is phenomenal; anything related to addictions, such as those of us that have loved ones and friends who suffer from this disease and how we cope, etc. In addition, any questions related to these topics can be discussed. It's really an open book that's just waiting to be written.
    and many thanks for your efforts in setting this up.

    OK, a starter for 10.

    At what point does a drink habit cross the line into an addiction? When does someone who drinks regularly become an alcoholic?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bryn Mawr View Post
    and many thanks for your efforts in setting this up.

    OK, a starter for 10.

    At what point does a drink habit cross the line into an addiction? When does someone who drinks regularly become an alcoholic?
    Put simply, when the drink/drug is in control.

    The words "habit" and "regularly" are already alarming though, because before dependence comes abuse, which may or may not lead to one becoming an alcoholic, depending on whether something is done, or happens, to stop the cycle. In addition, not everyone who drinks is or will become an alcoholic. It's a physical/mental disease that one has, and is more generalized than just the act of using a substance. I'd be happy to go into details re: diagnostic criteria etc, but fear I'd be boring the heck outta you guys

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    Mystery, I'm very interested in addictive behavior, too.

    You have so much to offer on the subject -- and I thank you for taking the time to share info and enlighten us as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cherandbuster View Post
    Mystery, I'm very interested in addictive behavior, too.

    You have so much to offer on the subject -- and I thank you for taking the time to share info and enlighten us as well.
    I love it Cher, and it has an added benefit to me, i.e. when I don't know, or don't remember, an answer right off my head, it challenges me to go back to research or look through all my documentation....that helps me be better at what I'm doing, which provides better care for my clients, and they're what matter

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    Re: Recovery Forum Welcome

    Register to remove this ad.
    Mystery, as a recovering addict, do you still have 'daily battles' with it or any battles at all? Is it something you never think about anymore? Or is it always 'there'?

    And may I ask if your issue was alcohol or drugs? Feel free to maintain your privacy and fully ignore my question
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