DIY Addictions Recovery: How I’m Going to Do This

I declared a citizen’s state of emergency about addictions treatment and suggested those with addictions take matters into our own hands and engage in do-it-yourself – DIY addictions recovery. At the end of this post, I will include the disclaimer that this post is for informational purposes only and to seek the care of health care professionals. The irony is that’s the very problem: help for addictions is not available, or not adequately available, for those trying to handle addictions right now. Our needs are urgent. We’ve simply got to roll up our sleeves and do this ourselves.

Time for do-it-yourself addictions recovery

Here’s how I’m writing about do-it-yourself addictions recovery:

  • I’m using this guide I wrote for people who have loved ones with addiction for us, as if we, people with addiction, are our own loved ones.
  • I’m excerpting sections from that guide, elaborating upon them in individual blog posts, and placing them in the category DIY Addictions Recovery on this, my personal blog, annegiles.com.
  • We are doing literature reviews of the research and writing reports on what the current science says about addictions and addictions treatment and posting them on my company’s blog. For example, our most recent report is on the trauma-addiction connection. I am linking from the DIY posts on this blog to those reports, to articles by the learned, and to new research to cite sources for my DIY recommendations.
  • I’ll include anecdotes from my own recovery story if I think they might be useful. I’ll try to differentiate my personal story and my personal opinion from the what the evidence says.
  • I’m sharing these posts on Facebook and Twitter with this hashtag: #DIYaddictionsrecovery.
  • I’ll update this post as the project evolves.
  • I’m keeping a table of contents here.

If I get sucked up by an alien ship (I used to say, “If I get hit by a bus…” but I started to see the winces so have bowdlerized) before I finish this, here are my fundamental do-it-yourself addictions recovery recommendations:

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Last updated 9/11/16

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