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 made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.

This week's scripture
Don't secretly hate your neighbor. If you have something against him, get it out into the open; otherwise you are an accomplice in his guilt. "Don't seek revenge or carry a grudge against any of your people.‚ÄĚLove your neighbor as yourself. I am GOD
Leviticus 19:17-18 The Message

This week's quote
"It is not possible to love others unless our hearts are growing in faith and hope. Faith and hope birth love as we live out our calling in anticipation of his coming."
Dr. Dan Allender