After having been in recovery for over twelve years now and having seen so many people relapse on a regular basis, about a year ago I decided to develop my own method of treatment. It's similar to AA but with one major difference: instead of just focusing quitting drinking and using I put the focus on learning to live your entire life on a non-compulsive basis. It's been my experience that, if left untreated, compulsive behavior can and will lead to the following symptoms: depression, anxiety, restlessness and irritability, rage, migraines, ulcers, high blood pressure, and difficulty sleeping, among others. It's also been my experience that people who get into recovery and only quit drinking and using without dealing with their other compulsive habits have a strong tendency to relapse. Putting the focus on overcoming not just drinking and using but compulsive behavior in general requires a lot more hard work and discipline than your average recovery program, but I feel the results--lasting sobriety and peace of mind--are well worth the extra effort. I've sponsored quite a few people using this approach and have been very pleased with the results. Drugs and alcohol are tearing this country apart, and I feel it's time we develop a more effective model of treatment. As arrogant as this may sound, I feel that this may represent a huge step forward. What do you think? What's been your experience with compulsive behavior? What's worked for you?
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