by Timothy Charles Holmseth on May 6, 2017, 9:50 A.M. CST
Yesterday the Grand Forks Herald published ‘Getting treatment for problem drinking — without giving up alcohol’.
The article features an easier softer way to address the death spiral caused by addiction using a program called ‘Harm Reduction’.
“…harm reduction” support group for people who want to reduce their alcohol intake, as well as private therapy with the social worker who runs the group, she’s cut her drinking to about half of what it was a before she sought help. She drinks socially and enjoys an occasional drink or two with her partner,” the article said.
“Harm reduction or controlled drinking, in which problem drinkers reduce their alcohol intake but don’t necessarily embrace abstinence, remains rare and controversial in a nation with a strong tradition of alcohol-free 12-step recovery programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous. But a growing body of research indicates that harm reduction works,” the article said.
Today the Grand Forks Herald ‘Guess the Word’ challenge has been announced.
Can you guess which word in the 12 steps of Alcoholic Anonymous the Herald hates the most?
Hint: It has three letters and starts with a capitol
- We admitted we were powerless over alcohol- that our lives had become unmanageable.
- Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
- Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.
- Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
- Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
- Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
- Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
- Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.
- Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
- Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.
- Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.
- Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.
Okay, I cheated…sorry