Why Withdrawal is So Difficult.

“The giant tree grows from a single seed. A journey of a thousand miles starts with the very first step.” Recovery consists of two basic parts: 1) getting “clean” (in the parlance of my twelve-step program)—discontinuing using, becoming abstinent, and halting the vicious obsessive-compulsive circle of active addiction; and 2) staying clean—remaining abstinent by learning…

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Addiction & Suicide

Once suicidal ideation (thoughts of committing suicide) is present, four basic areas must be explored in assessing suicidal potential: Once suicidal ideation (thoughts of committing suicide) is present, the risk that a person will attempt and commit suicide can be assessed by exploring four basic areas: Does the person have an actual plan to kill…

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