10 AA Sayings That Will Inspire You in Recovery

10 AA Sayings That Will Inspire You in Recovery

Alcoholics Anonymous is an organization that is, in part, famous due to its cliches. Idioms like “progress, not perfection” and “willingness is key” are not only peppered throughout AA clubhouses and church multi-purpose rooms, but are part of modern vernacular as well. However, they are much, much more than just a cultural representation of the program of Alcoholics Anonymous. They are, to some, everything. These three or four word reminders help to encapsulate the program and put it in a form that is easily comprehended and digested by all. To stay sober, people need reminders of the bigger picture as well as feelings of commitment and loyalty to the program that keeps them sober. Some people new to the program might think that these statements seem simple, and they are, but the old-timers (and almost anyone in the program for that matter) will understand the beauty in their simplicity.

When people come into recovery, their lives are messy. They need a simple set of rules to live by, and AA offers that and more. Alcoholics Anonymous helps addicts and alcoholics pick themselves up by their bootstraps to repair their lives. These statements might not be the only thing at play when it comes to how an addict recovers, but they are certainly part of the formula. If you are new to the program, or just wanna refresh yourself on some awesome AA sayings, you will love our compilation of ten AA sayings that will help inspire you in recovery.

“Easy Does It”

This saying is definitely simple, but there is a beauty in its ease. It reminds all of us alcoholics and addicts to chill out, which is often what we need to hear. It reminds us of what is most important, rather than to be worked up about every menial task you have to perform in a day. Many addicts and alcoholics turned to drugs or the bottle because they could not cope with the daily stressors of each day. Part of recovery, a big part of it, is figuring out how to deal with the things that occur each day that would’ve triggered us in our past. Building healthy coping mechanisms is one of the most important parts of Alcoholics Anonymous as well as recovery in general. “Easy does it” embodies the central themes behind AA- stick to what’s most important, cut yourself a break, and above all, don’t use.

“We Are Only As Sick As Our Secrets”

It might seem a little intrusive to tell people about the most intimate parts of you and your life, but in AA, everyone understands, so social conventions are less of a big deal. You not only can, but should tell those you trust in AA the big things about you, your life and your story. This is especially true with your sponsor. Especially when you are reading your fourth step to them (the personal inventory you take as a part of completing the steps), you should be completely transparent. No one will judge you in AA. Whatever you have done, trust us, probably five people in your local AA meeting have done it too! If you do not disclose what is bothering you, past traumas or hurts, or current resentments, you will be less likely to get better. Relapse preys on the things that bother you that you do not disclose. Take a leap of faith, and share with your AA community today. The response will overwhelm you.

“First Things First”

“First things first” represents the fact that Alcoholics Anonymous is extremely solution-drive. Whatever happens, the Big Book, and the program itself, will encourage you to look at whatever you are face, figure out a logical step (with the help of prayer, meditation and your sponsor, of course) and proceed from there. Addicts and alcoholics have a tendency to not cope well with things or to blow things out of proportion, and this simple saying helps combat that negative behavior.

“One Day at a Time”

“One day at a time” is arguably the most popular saying of not only Alcoholics Anonymous but of Narcotics Anonymous as well. Both programs are based on the fact that alcoholics and addicts should not look at sobriety as a life sentence, but rather a thing to do each day. Many addicts and alcoholics come into the rooms after years of drinking and drugging, and a life without their crutch seems overwhelming. This is why it’s so important to keep sobriety one day at a time. It allows us to live in the present rather than start future-tripping about things we have no control over. If you keep telling yourself you can rethink sobriety tomorrow, and you say it every day, you’ll never take the drink. That’s a success in our book.

“Let Go and Let God”

However you feel God, the sentiment behind this quote is very meaningful and representative of AA. letting go and letting God embodies steps one through three of alcoholics anonymous- admitting your powerlessness, believing a higher power can restore you to sanity and choosing to turn your will over to this higher power. This is really the thesis of the whole program- we can’t recover alone, but we can with the help of God and the loving individuals in the rooms of AA.

 

Perhaps you’re still confused about the program of Alcoholics Anonymous. That’s perfectly natural- there is so much more to the program than just clever sayings. If you are an addict or alcoholic in need of recovery, look no further than Recreate Life. Recreate Life utilizes Alcoholics Anonymous and the twelve steps as well as renowned therapeutic approaches to combat the disease of addiction. Addiction is hard, but Recreate Life is dedicated to helping you and your loved ones beat it.

Opiate Addiction | What Are Opiates and Why Are People Getting So Addicted?

What Are Opiates and Why Are People Getting So Addicted

What Are Opiates and Why Are People Getting So AddictedIf you’ve been paying much attention to the news recently, you’ll have heard the words “opioid crisis.” everyone’s paying attention to it- the media, activists, healthcare professionals, the government, President Trump himself. And that’s because the statistics are jarring. More than 90 Americans die as a result of overdosing on opioids. And don’t think that the crisis only affects addicts and their families. It has huge social and political implications and especially huge financial repercussions. It has been estimated that the opioid crisis has cost the country 78.5 billion dollars in terms of lost productivity, drug treatment, criminal justice and healthcare costs.

So what’s behind all this chaos? Millions of pills and pounds of powder. Opiates, or opioids, as they’re commonly referred to, don’t give the full picture to these drugs. All opioids are derived from opium poppy, but there are many different manifestations. At first, legal opiates took off due to loose regulations and opportunistic doctors. The country saw a spike in the popularity of drugs such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, vicodin, dilaudid, percocet and more during the early 2000’s when the prescription drug crisis was taking off. However, oxycodone and hydrocodone were the most popular forms, due to their potency. However, crackdowns on pain pill prescribing and the influx of foreign drugs led heroin and fentanyl to enter the market, and they are among the most popular drugs for abuse in the country now. However, pain pills are still being abused and ripping families apart due to their violently addictive nature. In 2015, there were 20,101 deaths due to prescription painkillers and 12,990 deaths due to heroin use. The numbers only continue to grow.

So what are the origins of these dangerous drugs? Well, opiates have actually been around forever. They were first used by Sumerians in the year 3400 B.C. They cultivated the opium poppy plant, which has the more scientific name of papaver somniferum. They referred to this plant as the “joy plant.” They cultivated it primarily to mitigate pain, but also to be able to sleep and for stomach/bowel relief. It was these uses that gave it its medical connotation and ever since, doctors have been extracting it and harnessing its medicinal properties. This is where the difference between opiates and opioids come in. Opiates are naturally derived from the poppy plant, whereas opioids are man-made, manipulated derivations. There is not much difference in these words, or the effectiveness of the types of drugs.

There is hype surrounding the opioid crisis now, but people have been addicted to opioids/opiates for years. As long as it’s been in existence, people have used it to get high, in medicinal and abusive manners. However, since the mass production of opioid pharmaceuticals, demand has been higher than ever, which is in layman’s terms, what has brought us to the opioid crisis of today.

So what is it about opiates that has had people chasing after them for thousands of years? Well, there are a lot of factors that makes opiates so addictive. When they are taken, they enter the brain through the user’s bloodstream. It is during this process that a rush of fake endorphins and dopamine (neurotransmitters that induce sensations of pleasure and contentment) enters the body. This results in the user feeling very euphoric and high- a high that could never be reached naturally. The level of dopamine and endorphins that your body gets used to as an opiate addict is egregiously higher than any kind of naturally occurring neurotransmitter experience. This leads the user to begin to be unable to create dopamine and endorphins themselves and creates a reliance upon the drug for those feelings. This is what is called a craving and is the base level and experience of addiction. Opiate abuse stems from repeated cravings and acting upon them by getting high on fentanyl, heroin, prescription painkillers, or some other opiate. This highly addictive nature of the drug  is one of the reasons that makes the opiate crisis so concerning.

It is easy to develop an opiate addiction, even after taking opiates for a short period of time. The first step is tolerance, meaning that the user has to take increasing amounts of opiates to feel the same high. Next, physical dependence manifests, as the user starts to withdraw from the drug soon after coming down from a high. The last stage is psychological dependence, which manifests as cravings. This is the nadir of opiate addiction.

Hopefully this article has given you a deeper understanding of not only the opioid crisis, but of what those on the frontlines of the battle- the opiate addicts- are experiencing. Opiates are undeniably addictive and dangerous, which you know firsthand if you or a loved one is experiencing addiction to them. Many people let the stigma or other barriers deter them from seeking the treatment they need. Don’t let that happen. Recreate Life provides a variety of services including: individual therapy, group therapy, family therapy, medical and psychiatric services, case management services, alumni support and more. Opiate addiction is deplorable- but recovery is possible, so contact the trusted care professionals at Recreate Life today.