Interesting new research conducted by the US National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) shows that more than 92% of adults aged 21 to 64 in the U.S. with diagnosable alcohol problems do not see a need for treatment.
A new study conducted by the US government found that almost 70 percent of American smokers want to quit, and that more than half had tried last year, but only 6 percent succeeded.
Financial stress may lead older adults to drink and smoke more, according to a study of more than 2,300 American adults over the age of 65.
A new study suggests that those teens who live in rural areas and who regularly volunteer and help others are less likely than their peers to drink or use drugs as young adults.
People hospitalized for methamphetamine or marijuana use are more likely than those being treated as inpatients for other substance use disorders to develop schizophrenia, according to a new study.
Marijuana most commonly detected drug in 2010.
A new study in the US finds a majority of doctors who are treated for addiction return to work within a few years of treatment.
Lets Get Results Not Excuses
An Excuse is a safely guarded lie. Excuses become familiar in addictive behaviors and they begin to appear harmless. And that is why they're so dangerous. We can’t differentiate a reason from an excuse because their boundaries blend and blur. Alcoholism is full of these safely guided lies. Intervention is a lie buster, but it requires us to come out of excuses first.
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Moral: Beware of dangerous things that become familiar, and thus appear harmless!
Together, we make up the culture in which excuse-making flourishes. Excuse-making is a slow-creeping deadly disease. However, excuses are not real problems; real problems reside underneath the excuses. Real problems are more serious. Excuses are like the tip of an iceberg! For all that we see, there is much more that we don't see. Rest assured, there are excellent tools available to eliminate excuse making. When flesh is weak, it finds a thousand excuses. When the spirit is willing, it finds a thousand reasons.
We develop a phobia of psychological pain and cook up excuses to build up defenses. We start acting from the mindset of a victim. We feel entitled without a merit, deny responsibility, adopt a can’t do attitude, delay things, and blame others. We say things like: “That’s me. That’s just the way I am. There is nothing I can do about it.” “I can’t do that. I just don’t have the time.” “If only my husband was more reasonable!”
Excuses can be quantified, measured and eliminated effortlessly by working on the root cause ---sense of not-okayness. This would be like killing many birds with one stone. The whole Intervention team needs this Excuse Buster Program. A chain is only as strong as its weakest link. That is true for Intervention team too. The secret to eliminate excuses is to act with foresight rather than hindsight with a dynamic Leadership. Ownership is a big chunk of what it takes to get rid of excuses.
when excuse making reduces by 1%, the progress in results increases by 10%.