All addictions affect the body, making physiological adaptations within the body at the cellular level. These physiological affects often have serious and painful consequences, and can even be potentially life threatening. This is especially true with addictions related to alcohol and other drugs. This is why is it important to consult with a physician or addiction medical professional when implementing any addiction recovery effort.

There are numerous medical therapies that can mitigate the discomfort of withdrawal and minimize medical complications from detox. These therapies can also be helpful in minimizing the discomfort and craving the addict feels during early sobriety, which increases the likelihood of long term success. And there are supportive medications which help deter the addict from relapse and provide long term support for emotionally fluctuations and the overwhelming cravings the addict will experience in early recovery.

Consult your medical professional for more information.

This month's step
We became entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.

This week's scripture
If you will throw away your detestable idols and go astray no more, and if you swear by my name alone, and begin to live good lives and uphold justice, then you will be a blessing to the nations of the world, and all people will come and praise my name.
Jeremiah 4:1 The Message

This week's quote
"When our desire is focused on loving God and others, we will realize our deepest longings for life fulfilled."
David Zailer