|October 20, 2006
||Some Helpful Numbers
||Dosing hours Monday through
||AA - Alcoholics Anonymous
|Friday are 5:30 am to 10:30 am
|Counseling is available
||NA - Narcotics Anonymous
|5:30 am to 12:30 pm
Recovery is a Journey
Ways to Cope with Craving
In August, we talked about the idea of craving
and what can trigger those kind of thoughts and feelings. This month
we'll talk about ways to cope with craving. It is probably no surprise
that the majority of how to cope with craving begins with preparation,
with having an active recovery, not a half hearted attempt to comply
with others’ wishes for your life.
- Get physically, emotionally, and spiritually healthy. Eat
right, exercise regularly, participate in activities that enhance your
mind and spirit,i.e., meditation, yoga, church, NA, AA, massage,
reading, or other relaxation and recreation activities.
- Avoid caffeine and nicotine. Even though they are not
illegal, they stimulate the same parts of your brain as illegal drugs
and alcohol do, and can lead to craving. If you just don't want to stop
drinking coffee and smoking cigarettes, at least slow down a bit.
- Make a commitment to a lifetime of treatment. In other
words, adopt a mind set that embraces the ideals of the 12 Steps and
allow yourself to participate in the benefits of fellowship with others
who are on the journey. When you feel bad…go to meetings. When you feel
good…go to meetings.
The procedure is called auricular acupuncture. It is helpful for a
variety of issues that affect those with addictions.
Please see your counselor.
Meth Biggest Problem for Law
A recent survey showed that methamphetamine is
still law enforcement's primary drug problem, contributing to increased
crimes such as robbery and assault. The survey, which was taken by the
National Association of Counties, revealed that law enforcement
officials still see Meth as more of a problem than cocaine, marijuana,
and heroin combined.
Although recently there has been a 30% drop in
Meth labs seized nationwide, and out of 44 states one-half showed a
decrease in Meth lab busts, the drug is still widely available because
of "super labs" in California and Mexico. The survey showed that in
nearly half of the counties, 20% were incarcerated because of meth
related crimes, and in 17% of the counties 50% of the inmates were
jailed due to meth related crimes.
The White House Office of National Drug Control
Policy has responded to this issue by setting a goal to decrease meth
use by 15% over the next three years while increasing the amount of lab
seizures by 25%. Even as these goals are being set, the Bush
Administration has a proposal on the table that will eliminate the
Justice Assistance Grant Program, which "funds" drug task forces around
|Clinic hours on Saturday are
||OA - Overeaters Anonymous
|6:00 am to 9:00 am
|Closed on Sunday
||Problem Gamblers Help-Line
|Please remember to bring your
||SA - Sex/Love Addicts Annon.
Come to Group
We are Meeting Every
8:30 AM to 9:15 AM
- Believe in yourself! If cravings occur, they can be
powerful, and at times, seem almost impossible to overcome. At those
times, having a network of support, via your sponsor, family, and
friends will be invaluable. Write yourself a letter, right now, while
you are in a good place. Give yourself the advice you will need and
want on those tough days. Put the letter away, and keep it handy.
- Avoid overt triggers. We all have a list of people, places,
and things we know is best to avoid. Share your list with someone you
trust to give you healthy advice, who is willing to be there for you
during those tough days. Craving is an expected part of addiction and
recovery. They can be managed, and managed well.
New Study Shows Genetics May Play a Part in Drug
A recent study published in Psychological
Medicine showed that drug use tendencies could be genetic rather
than environmental. The study, which was conducted in Norway, looked at
1400 pairs of adult twins. These twins were "interviewed" and assessed
for their lifetime use of illicit drugs.
The importance of this study is that it was done
in Norway, a country with a lower drug rate than many other countries.
Dr. Kenneth S. Kendler, lead author of the study and professor of
psychiatry and human genetics at Virginia Commonwealth University
School of Medicine, said, "This is the first study of a non-English
speaking country with much lower rates of drug use - yet results are
similar - drug use and abuse or dependence is quite heritable."
All factors in this study were examined, such as
genetic and environmental, as well as kinds of illicit drugs, including
marijuana, cocaine, opiates, psychedelics, and stimulants. A lifetime
of use was considered to be 10 or more years.
"In addition to prior findings, the results of
this investigation indicate that genetic factors are likely to be
important risk factors for psychoactive drug use and misuse in many
parts of the world," noted Kendler. This study directly contradicts
previous theories that genetics did not play as large a role in
countries where illicit drug use was not as prevalent.
|Mothers Against Meth-Amph.
|Recovery Related Stuff
|The Association of Persons
|Affected by Addiction
|The Twelfth Step Ministry
|Lots of support groups of
|Visit their web site.
|The Network of Community
|Assistance with food, clothing
|Texas Workforce Commission
|Baylor College of Dentistry
HIV Testing Offered
Almost every Friday, a member of the HEI
department from the Greater Dallas Counsel on Alcohol and Drug Abuse
are here to offer free HIV testing. The test is called
"OraQuick Advance". The test is based on saliva and you get your
results in 20 minutes. The test is 99% accurate. All you do is come in
and asked to be tested.
The Whole Serenity Prayer
God grant me the serenity to Accept the things
I cannot change; Courage to change the things I can; And the Wisdom to
know the difference.
Living one day at a time; Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking as He did, this World as it is, Not as I would have it.
Trusting that He will make all things right if I surrender to His will;
That I may be reasonably happy in this life
And supremely happy with Him Forever in the next.
"Those who seek only relief, are most often
disappointed. Those who seek solutions are most often rewarded".
Forgiveness is giving up the hope of changing the past.
Dr. Candace McDaniel
8021 East R.L. Thornton Fwy, Suite A
Dallas, Texas 75228
Call (214) 328-4848 or
for more information