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
Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for the knowledge of his will and the power to carry it out.

This week's scripture
Trust GOD from the bottom of your heart; don't try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for GOD's voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he's the one who will keep you on track.
Proverbs 3:5-6 The Message

This week's quote
"This is what I think, in essence, prayer is. It is the breaking of silence. It is the need to be known and the need to know. Prayer is the sound made by our deepest aloneness. Prayer is man’s impulse to open up his life at it’s deepest level. People pray because they cannot help it. In one way or another, I think, all people pray."
Frederick Buechner