Addiction by Vatsal Thakkar, Pat Levitt

By Vatsal Thakkar, Pat Levitt

A historical past of dependancy covers how and why humans develop into hooked on quite a few medicines, meals, or actions, and the way addictions can be treated...Title: .Addiction..Author: .Thakkar, Vatsal, M.D...Publisher: .Facts on File..Publication Date: .2006/07/01..Number of Pages: .128..Binding style: .LIBRARY..Library of Congress: .2006004995

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8. We made a list of all the persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all. 9. We made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others. 10. We continued to take personal inventory and, when we were wrong, we promptly admitted it. 11. We sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God, as we understood him, praying only for knowledge of his will for us and the power to carry that out. 12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.

By the late fifteenth century, the sale of alcohol in Germany was prohibited on Sundays and religious holidays. Germany was also the first nation to start the temperance movement. Temperance refers to moderation or self-restraint in the use of alcohol. This philosophy is still common throughout much of the world today. Benjamin Rush (1745–1813), a Philadelphia physician known for signing the Declaration of Independence and as the father of American psychiatry, believed that alcohol consumption had negative health effects and that addiction to alcohol was a disease.

Jeanine was hired by GM right out of high school and moved up from a clerical job to the assembly plant floor within a few years. She earns an excellent salary and has vacation time and benefits. Jeanine can remember when everyone in the plant smoked, and all of their smoke breaks were taken indoors. Once, there were even cigarette vending machines in all the break rooms. Back in those days, no one thought about quitting. Norm and Jeanine both smoke a cigarette first thing in the morning, before breakfast.

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