A National Directory of Drug Treatment Centers and Alcohol Treatment Centers, Therapists and Specialists. A free, simple directory providing assistance and guidance for those seeking help regarding alcohol addiction, drug addiction, dependency and many other conditions that affect the mind, body and soul.
Call 800-580-9104 to speak with an alcohol or drug abuse counselor.

Who Answers?

Quaker faith helps alcoholic to quit drinking

A recovered alcoholic from Maldon said he has his Quaker faith to thank for helping him stay alive.

Anthony told BBC Essex’s Ian Wyatt he started to drink when he was 20, shortly after joining the Air Force.

Having had a religious upbringing as a Pentecostalist, he had never previously drank or smoked.

After 25 years of addiction Anthony attempted to take his own life at which time he sought help from Alcoholics Anonymous and the Quaker church.

Drink, claimed Anthony – not his real name – had an awful impact on most aspects of his life, including his work.

“I drank uncontrollably from the start, and it got out of control very early on. I used to lose count, after about the first four or five,” he said.

“I was a passenger at work… for a long time,” he added.

He worked as a journalist in Fleet Street, where there was a very heavy drinking culture at the time.

But after a terrible binge, when he “disgraced’ himself” after going “completely haywire,” his editor told him it “couldn’t go on, it was an embarrassment,” and asked what he should tell his work colleagues.

Anthony replied: “Tell them I’m an alcoholic.”

Despair

Drink also caused absolute devastation to his family.

Anthony described how he was so wrapped up in himself he did not realise the damage it was doing to his wife and children.

He said: “People call us selfish, but the compulsion is so powerful I felt I had no choice over it and couldn’t stop.”

Anthony explained that, towards the end, alcohol was a “dreadful, dreadful curse” and tried all he knew not to be a drunk, but could not manage it.

In the end Anthony reached a state of absolute despair and tried to kill himself with a massive overdose.

He was taken to hospital and it was whilst he was there a psychiatrist suggested he join AA.

Anthony said: “I knew that if I drank again I would most certainly die and I was frightened of dying.”

When he was at rock bottom Anthony had given up on religion and by the time he joined Alcoholics Anonymous he was a “very surly, suspicious agnostic – whether there was a God seemed completely irrelevant to me.”

Through AA however he found another path.

“AA meetings are held in all sorts of places,” he said.

“Clinics, prisons, and lots of churches. The particular group that I joined in 1984 in Hertfordshire was in a Quaker Meeting House.

“In there was a poster on the notice board which said ‘a silent meeting for worship can be a quiet process of healing and a journey of discovery.’

“It intrigued me and so I began attending. I liked the fact I was accepted for who I was.”

Anthony has not touched alcohol since August 1984.

“I still have to do things today to maintain the sobriety – and part of that is leading a spiritual way of life. Prayer and meditation, and attending Quaker meetings.”

source: BBC News

More Treatment & Detox Articles

April marks Alcohol Awareness Month

Each day, millions of individuals and families struggle to cope with the harsh realities of alcohol abuse and alcoholism. To highlight the prevalence and seriousness of alcohol abuse in the U.S., the Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services (ODADAS) is calling upon all Ohioans to recognize April as National Alcohol Awareness Month. Founded….

Continue reading

Residential treatment centers

Addiction of any type has the power to ruin the life of an individual completely, so much so that it can lead to the death of the affected or even provoke the individual to become a social threat. The causes of addiction are not exact; anything can lead an individual to get addicted.    The….

Continue reading

You Can’t Help an Alcoholic Until They’re Ready – Right?

For many years people, treatment professionals, family members and the like have all believed that in order for an alcoholic to recover from the alcoholism they have to WANT to recover. It’s been believed that you can’t help an alcoholic until they are ready to accept the help – right? This statement couldn’t be further from the….

Continue reading

Fears over alcohol test for mothers

Screening breast milk could increase women’s drinking and harm their babies, say doctors Opinions differ among doctors on what are safe levels of alcohol for a breastfeeding mother. A product that tests for traces of alcohol in breast milk has triggered warnings that mothers who rely on its findings could damage the health of babies….

Continue reading

Alcohol research finds women need to drink accordingly

Sometimes I hate being a girl, especially if you’re a girl who enjoys the occasional cocktail. We all know drinking can have unintended consequences, but it turns out that imbibing poses more risks for us than it does the guys. When women drink, they become intoxicated more quickly than men do, and the alcohol causes….

Continue reading

Where do calls go?

Calls to numbers on a specific treatment center listing will be routed to that treatment center. Additional calls will also be forwarded and returned by a quality treatment center within the USA.

Calls to any general helpline (non-facility specific 1-8XX numbers) for your visit will be answered by a licensed drug and alcohol rehab facility, a paid advertiser on TreatmentCenters.com.

All calls are private and confidential.

I NEED TO TALK TO SOMEONE NOWI NEED TO TALK TO SOMEONE NOW 800-580-9104Response time about 1 min | Response rate 100%
Who Answers?