An alcoholic’s open letter

Posted on July 31, 2013 by freefromaddictionsa

I am an alcoholic and need help. Don’t allow me to lie to you and accept it for the truth. For in so doing, you encourage me to lie. The truth may be painful, but get at it. Don’t let me outsmart you. This only teaches me to avoid responsibility and to lose respect for […]


Characteristics of Sex and Love Addiction

Posted on July 31, 2013 by Lise Jerome Holtzkampf

The top 12 characteristics of sex and love addiction: Having few boundaries, we become sexually involved with and/or emotionally attached to people without knowing them. Fearing abandonment and loneliness, we stay in bed and return to painful, destructive relationships, concealing our dependency needs from ourselves and others, growing more isolated and alienated from friends and […]


Digging Deeper

Posted on July 29, 2013 by freefromaddictionsa

My name is Shawn and I am an addict. I do not speak on behalf of any 12 step program I share only of myself and my experience I pray the message of my pain and suffering will help another addict and that you will gain hope of recovery This is an account of my […]


Drug effects and signs

Posted on July 26, 2013 by freefromaddictionsa

Marijuana Description: Marijuana is a dry, shredded green and brown mix of leaves, flowers, stems, and seeds from the hemp plant Cannabis sativa. In a more concentrated, resinous form, it is called hashish, and as a sticky black liquid, hash oil. The main psychoactive (mind-altering) chemical in marijuana is delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC Forms of the […]


Phases Of Chemical Dependency Addiction And Recovery

Posted on July 24, 2013 by freefromaddictionsa

Phases Of Chemical Dependency (Addiction) Primary Phase Of Chemical Dependency Using drugs to relieve tension Increase in tolerance Uncomfortable in a situation when they are not high Continued use when others stop Preoccupation with using drug Occasional lapse in memory after heavy use Secret irritation when use of drugs are discussed Crucial Phase Of Chemical Dependency LOSS […]


The Drug Poem

Posted on July 15, 2013 by super_free

Letter from my drug to me: To my son, From the day we met, my love for you has been patient. In your mind I have always been kind. My love for you delights in evil. Once you floated on dreamy blue skies, now all your life is based on, is more and more lies. […]



Posted on June 3, 2013 by Kylee Leathem

My name is Kylee Leathem, and I am an addictions counsellor at Sharp Treatment Center, Johannesburg. I hold an honours degree in clinical and counselling psychology and currently busy with a psychology research masters dissertation in the specific interest area of addiction treatment. To me addiction is a multifaceted disease, one often under disrepute and […]


Gambling addiction

Posted on March 10, 2013 by Judith Gordon Drake

When gambling stops being a game… The term addiction describes a specific type of relationship between a person and a behaviour that generates a particular sensory reward. It is a relationship qualified by a state of being out-of-control. It is easy to identify the problem in the case of alcohol or drug dependence where the […]


Co-morbidity – Alcoholism / addiction with psychiatric illness

Posted on February 2, 2013 by Judith Gordon Drake

Introduction It is an age-old riddle that has perplexed us for generations; which came first, the chicken or the egg? (There is definitive scientific evidence that it’s actually the chicken – but that is not important.) In this article I focus on co-morbidity, which is the presence of two conditions which exist in a person […]