Posted by Rosa on October 15, 2001, at 8:13:59
In reply to Re: Alcoholics and Addicts » Rosa, posted by Elizabeth on October 14, 2001, at 10:03:25
Does this group have any such guidelines concerning what they consider to be misuse of drugs or a slip?
A slip is when after having abstained from alcohol or drugs for a period of time, while in a 12-step program, one goes back out and uses alcohol or drugs.
How do you describe self-medication?
Here are some guidelines concerning the misuse of drugs for alcoholics.
1. Remember that as a recovering alcoholic your automatic response will be to turn to chemical relief for uncomfortable feelings and to take more than the usual, prescribed amount. Look for nonchemical solutions for the aches and discomforts of everyday living.
2. Remember that the best safeguard against drug-related relapse is an active participation in a program of recovery.
3. No member plays doctor.
4. Be completely honest with yourself and your physician regarding use of medication.
5. If in doubt, consult a physician with demonstrated experience in the treatment of alcoholism.
6. Be frank about your alcoholism with any physician or dentist you consult. Such confidence will be respected and is most helpful to the doctor.
7. Inform the physician at once if you experience side effects from prescribed drugs.
8. Consider consulting another doctor if a personal physician refuses or fails to recognize the peculiar susceptibility of alcoholics to sedatives, tranquilizers, and stimulants.
I believe that the guidelines for drug addicts is more strict.
> > What is your policy concerning the misuse of drugs? What do you consider a slip?
> Can you be clearer as to what your question is? "Policy concerning the misuse of drugs" is awfully broad.