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Recovering from substance use or abuse can seem like a herculean task at the outset, but it’s important for those seeking relief to remember that the road to recovery doesn’t have to be lonely. In sober living communities, you commit to recovery and a better life alongside others with similar experiences and hardships. With company and community comes support, structure, and the accountability necessary to keep you and your peers focused on the future. Not only that—living in a community also helps you to establish a network of people to communicate with following treatment. In the accompanying infographic, we’ve taken a closer look at the benefits associated with sober living communities, as well as some statistics related to treatment and recovery.
Profound Treatment Los Angeles can help with understanding fentanyl withdrawal symptoms. It is incredibly important to be aware of any and all possible barriers to your sobriety.
Fentanyl was in the news recently for the accidental overdose of famous singer Prince. The number of overdoses caused by this drug has been rising for years, with hospitals seeing more emergency room visits, seizures caused by drug use, and overdose deaths.
The statistics on Fentanyl abuse are staggering. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reporting the number of deaths from synthetic opioid abuse increased 80% from 2013 to 2014. In Ohio, that number jumped to 500%.
These statistics are frightening. Our goal at Profound Treatment located in Los Angeles is to ensure that you don’t become another statistic.
Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid. This means that it is man-made, rather than found naturally. Opioids are normally prescribed to patients that require severe pain management, such as those recovering from surgery or cancer.
Fentanyl works by blocking pain receptors in the brain. It also increases the production of the hormone dopamine. This gives you feelings of relaxation and euphoria.
Fentanyl abusers may smoke or even eat the opioid as well. Most alarmingly, medical professionals have seen a rise in “cutting” fentanyl with another drug, such as heroin or cocaine in order to intensify their effects.
This is extremely dangerous. Fentanyl is 50 times more powerful than heroin and almost 100 times more potent than morphine. According to a recent documentary, Death by Fentanyl, taking a dose of pure fentanyl just the size of 3 sugar crystals can kill an adult.
While fentanyl is prescribed for the relief of physical pain, many abusers, especially those who obtain the drug illegally, use it as a temporary release from emotional pain.
Fentanyl doesn’t discriminate when it comes to whom it affects. We have seen mothers, fathers, sisters and brothers come into our facility because the powerful opiate has caused such great damage to their lives.
There are certain factors that can affect one’s likelihood of developing addiction. Studies have shown that some people may have a genetic predisposition to becoming addicts. Others may find it hard to resist social pressures from friends and family who also use drugs. Sometimes, it can come down to psychological triggers or trauma that seek the relief of opiates. One or all of these factors may lead to addiction. Regardless of the reason, sobriety can still be achieved.
Serious health problems caused by fentanyl abuse can appear in even a short amount of time. Physically, you might notice that breathing becomes harder and more labored and that your immunity. Your body’s ability to fight off illness has been compromised. Stomach problems and other gastrointestinal issues can arise. General feeling of being tired and weak are common.
Fentanyl can cause severe heart damage. It works as a depressant, slowing down bodily functions, including those of your heart. Prolonged opioid abuse may cause QT syndrome. This is a defect that slows the electric conduction of your heart. You don’t have to be using fentanyl for that long before complications like heart palpitations and arrhythmia to arise.
Most seriously, fentanyl can kill. As we learned from those earlier statistics, it does so with alarming regularity. Fentanyl affects the part of your brain that controls respiratory functions and can slow your breathing down to the point where it actually stops. If your brain goes without oxygen for extended periods of time, it can cause irreversible damage and even death.
Fentanyl can also change who you are as a person. You may become depressed, anxious and paranoid, have personality changes, or suffer from hallucinations. It can affect your relationships with others, making you become more withdrawn and isolated from friends and family. When you abuse fentanyl, you learn very quickly that there is no “you” anymore, there is only “you on fentanyl.”
Understanding Fentanyl Withdrawal Symptoms
Because fentanyl is such an incredibly strong and addictive drug, your body will experience powerful fentanyl withdrawal symptoms. Depending on how the drug was administered, you may start to feel these symptoms within 12 hours after your last dose of fentanyl. Patch users may not see symptoms until after the first 24 hours because it is an extended-release medication.
Below we have listed some of the more common symptoms reported. These symptoms can range from merely being annoying and uncomfortable to almost painful.
Fentanyl withdrawal symptoms will likely continue until you make the decision to end the abuse. Finding sobriety after a fentanyl addiction and overcoming fentanyl withdrawal symptoms is no small task. Due to the drug being powerfully addictive, getting and staying sober can seem nearly impossible when done alone. We strongly recommend seeking assistance from a rehabilitation program such as Profound Treatment located in Los Angeles, California.
Some may decide to quit fentanyl and overcome fentanyl withdrawal symptoms “cold turkey”. This means they quit using the drug entirely. While this method can be successful, you will most likely feel the effects of fentanyl withdrawal symptoms quickly and more severe than slowly stopping fentanyl use. We very rarely (if ever) recommend this method.
With this method, the user replaces fentanyl with a less powerful opioid such as Methadone or Suboxone. This method is typically used in detox centers. Once one tapers off the replacement drug, the only way to become truly “clean” is to fully end all drug use.
Many experts recommend a fentanyl detoxification process. This helps someone with an addiction gradually come off of the drug under the watchful eye of medical professionals. This method helps minimize the uncomfortable and painful fentanyl withdrawal symptoms.
Detox can be achieved in an inpatient or outpatient rehabilitation program. Programs involve around-the-clock physical and mental care to ensure the safety of all patients during this challenging time.
Fentanyl detoxification is also said to reduce the risk of relapse and end the user’s substance abuse once and for all. Detox, and most withdrawal symptoms, usually last around a week.
During your recovery, you may battle the urge to use fentanyl many times. Take each day one at a time and you will see progress.
Profound Treatment,Addiction rehabilitation center located in Los Angeles, California can provide help throughout this entire process.
For more information on treating fentanyl addiction, visit our webpage or contact us at (800) 559-3496.
Those who have made the courageous decision to quit the drug Adderall will most likely find themselves battling a new demon: the Adderall withdrawal symptoms. There are ways to safely cleanse your system of the drug and have a successful recovery.
Adderall is an amphetamine/dextroamphetamine. Part of a family of prescription drugs called psychostimulants, it can cause temporary improvement in one’s mental or physical functions. It does this by affecting certain neurotransmitters in the brain. This boosts alertness, focus, and energy levels. Commonly prescribed to sufferers of ADHD (attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder), narcolepsy, and chronic fatigue, Adderall is sometimes paired with other drugs to treat depression. Adderall also has a high potential for psychological dependency. This can lead to addiction.
Understanding Adderall Withdrawal Symptoms. Adderall abuse can occur even while under the supervision of a doctor, however, it has exploded in popularity as a recreational drug, especially in students.
This is because it can be used to improve academic and work performance.
In fact, a recent study by the National Survey on Drug Use found that 6.4% of college students between the ages of 18 and 22 have used Adderall recreationally. And because of the fact that it so common and easy to get, you may underestimate just how hazardous and addictive this drug can be if not properly administered. This makes it even more likely for abuse and psychological dependency.
Adderall is one of the most abused prescription drugs and abuse can come in a variety of forms. These include taking a higher dose than prescribed, taking the drug without a prescription, taking it through non-doctor approved methods (like snorting), taking the drug more frequently than prescribed, or taking the drug for reasons other than those prescribed by their doctor. Adderall Withdrawal Symptoms is one of our specialty services at Profound Treatment, Los Angeles.
Adderall abuse, like any amphetamine abuse, is a slippery slope that can easily turn into addiction. The more and more Adderall users take, the more likely they are to develop a tolerance towards the drug, meaning that it will require higher or more frequent doses to get the same effect.
That tolerance could then turn into dependency, where the user’s body gets so used to have the drug that it can no longer function properly without it.
Finally, Adderall users can become addicted, compulsively seeking the drug out and ignoring its risks and negative effects.
In many drug users’ lives there comes a time when they decide enough is enough and they make the decision to stop the abuse once and for all. However, they should be aware of what’s to come once the drug is no longer a part of their lives.
Once a person makes the choice to quit taking Adderall, the effects can be seen in as little as a few hours. Experts often refer to this initial period as the Adderall “crash,” as your body tries to readjust to life before your amphetamine abuse. Your symptoms will be the worst and most intense during your first week of withdrawal.
You’ll start to feel better towards the end of that first week, as the most intense symptoms start to subside and you begin to function normally without needing Adderall as a crutch.
By the end of the first month, you’ll most likely start to feel more like “you” again, though it could take up to three if your tolerance was extremely high.
Adderall withdrawal symptoms will vary from person to person and can be dependent on a variety of criteria. For example, someone who took the drug for a longer length of time will most likely experience more severe symptoms than someone who only took it for a shorter period. The same goes for dosage frequency and amount.
Earlier we briefly touched upon the different types of Adderall available: Adderall IR and Adderall XR. Even the type of Adderall taken can play a role in how a person feels during withdrawal. It’s often thought that those who use XR may have a more difficult time quitting the drug than someone who has been taking IR.
Again, there is no “one size fits all” when it comes to Adderall withdrawal; every individual will have a different experience as they come off of the drug.
Adderall withdrawal symptoms are long and varied and it would be irresponsible to suggest that you or your loved one will experience all of them.
Remember, even though you may feel hopeless during the first few weeks of recovery, these symptoms are only temporary, while the positive effects of sobriety will last a lifetime.
Adderall Withdrawal Symptoms are treated at Profound Treatment Center Los Angeles. There are several ways you can end your Adderall abuse. Many people have found a three-step approach to be the most successful.
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Another method of quitting is tapering down your usage the drug. This can be especially effective for those whose abuse was severe because it can minimize Adderal withdrawal symptoms.
Absolutely essential to your success is to have a support system. Friends or loved ones who understand your struggle and can help you through even the most difficult times. Patients typically find outpatient treatments offered at Profound Treatment are especially helpful.
If you are a heavy user, an inpatient facility may also help you in your road to recovery. On average, these treatments can take anywhere between several weeks to several months. Profound Treatment is an excellent option.
Our patient’s daily routine is focused on recovery. This includes regular group therapy sessions. Other services at Profound Treatment Center Los Angeles is one-on-one counseling. We also offer on-site doctors who can help cope with difficult withdrawal symptoms.
If you or your loved one suffers from Adderall addiction and are finally looking to get help, Profound Treatment offers a variety of different programs to help you reach sobriety.
Ending your Adderall abuse is only part of the journey to recovery.
Staying healthy has a big impact. This may make you less likely to turn to Adderall. It’s also important to be aware of your triggers. Acknowledge what situations make you want to reach for the drug to be prepared to resist temptations.
Addiction treatment centers like Profound are also excellent resources because we know that treatment doesn’t end once sobriety begins. When it comes to maintaining your sobriety we can help you through every step of your journey.
Learn more about how Profound Treatment can help you or your loved one’s addiction HERE.
We can help with Adderall Withdrawal Symptoms
Synthetic Drugs Ravaging Today’s Youth. Earlier this year, many young people went to Montefiore Medical Center acting extremely violent and confused. Many of them tested positive for drugs. The degree of violence and confusion was much higher than what the medical professionals at Montefiore could have anticipated. After being sedated for a few days, the stories they told had a striking recurring theme. They all had used synthetic marijuana.
The harmful effects of synthetic marijuana were responsible for over 150 people going to hospitals across New York. 100 people in Alabama were admitted to hospitals for the same reason during this same timeframe.
These were just some of the names that were used on the streets for amphetamines, barbiturates, cocaine, LSD, marijuana, MDMA, mescaline, meth-amphetamines, and PCP. If these names mean nothing to you, you’re fortunate. Fortunate, but not out of the woods.
In addition to these cannabinoids, depressants, hallucinogenic or psychedelic substances, opioids, opium derivatives, and stimulants, today’s youth are faced a variety of other synthetic drugs.
Synthetic drugs are are designed, developed and made in chemical laboratories. instead of being extracted from plants, animals or bacteria. They are created to be at least identical in effect and properties, if not stronger, to their “traditional, naturally-based” illegal drugs. They are also known as analogue drugs.
Synthetic drugs are labeled as “not for human consumption.” They contain dried, shredded plant material and chemical additives resulting in their mind-altering effects. These labels have no impact on the applicability of local, state or federal laws that limit or prohibit the sale of synthetic drugs. These labels do, however, fluster enforcement efforts as law enforcement and health officials may not be able to identify the products being used as drugs, therefore creating public health problems.
Products are found in small, square, packets, neatly arranged on a display rack. The packaging is attractive and colorful and describes their herbal scents and aromas. Samples can even be openly, although deceptively, demonstrated. Moreover, synthetic drugs are sold as “herbal incense” or “potpourri” or “bath salts” or “jewelry cleaner,” at low prices in paraphernalia shops, convenience stores, smoke shops, or other legal retail outlets, and on the internet, all as legal substances, to pretty much anyone.
This is not to say that synthetic drugs are all legal. They are not. All 50 states have, since 2011, banned two types of synthetic drugs: cannabinoids (such as “synthetic marijuana”, “Spice” or “K2”) and cathinones (such as “bath salts”). Laws are specific, therefore states generally targeted specific versions of these drugs with individual bans. Producers of the drugs, in an attempt to avoid the law, simply made minor changes to the chemical composition of the banned substances to create new, but similar, drugs not previously covered by law. In order to keep up with imaginative manufacturers, legislation in subsequent years has been more general in nature, targeting entire classes of substances or using broad language to describe the prohibited drugs.
The intent of general bans is to prevent new forms of synthetic drugs from remaining unregulated, while still allowing use for approved medical and research purposes. In addition, many states have empowered state agencies, such as a State Board of Pharmacy or Board of Health, to utilize an expedited rule-making process to temporarily ban newly identified substances that would fall into this general category, subject to later review by the State’s legislature.
In July 2012, President Obama signed the Synthetic Drug Abuse Prevention Act of 2012 into law. This new law makes the use, possession or distribution of certain synthetic drugs illegal. This Act adds fifteen synthetic cannabinoids, commonly known as “Spice” and eleven synthetic cathinones, commonly referred to as “bath salts,” to Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act.
Another addition to the Federal Controlled Substances Act is the Federal Analogue Act, otherwise known as the Controlled Substance Analogue Enforcement Act of 1986. This amendment bans drugs which are not classified as a controlled substance, although they are very similar to ones that are illegal. These laws require that the analogue drug be substantially similar in chemical structure and pharmacological effects as a scheduled controlled substance.
According to the National Alliance for Model State Drug Laws, 34 states have similar analogue laws, and a number of states have amended their analogue laws to specifically address emerging synthetic substances. States have also targeted drug manufacturers and sellers through product labeling and branding laws. Illinois is one example of a State that created criminal penalties for false advertising or misbranding “synthetic drug products.” Other states have created civil penalties or are utilizing business licensing and other regulations to sanction businesses that illegally sell these substances.
Nobody knows for sure what the effects of any synthetic drug are. Because manufacturers are constantly trying to stay ahead of the laws that ban or criminalize the production, marketing, sales and use of synthetic drugs, they are continuously changing the chemical make-up of these substances. A simple tweak of the molecular compound, the illegal drug and its effects can become legal again. “Head shops are knowingly distributing a dangerous, potentially deadly product.” With a constantly changing formulation of these drugs, it is virtually impossible to conduct any truly meaningful long-term studies of their effects.
Anecdotal information on the effects of synthetic marijuana, for example, reveals that, compared to marijuana, its adverse effects are often much more severe.
and other harmful thoughts or actions, and death.
In addition to the adverse effects of cocaine, LSD, and methamphetamine, synthetic versions is associated with:
These side effects may cause users to harm themselves or others.
A recent CNN Special Report, “Deadly High: How Synthetic Drugs Are Killing Kids,” covered the deaths of two teenagers. Christian Bjerk and Elijah Stai both died from taking the synthetic drug 25I-NBOMBe (also known as 2C-I-NBOMe).
Eighteen-year-old Christian Bjerk was a popular high school football player looking forward to starting at North Dakota State College in the fall of 2012. He had plans to join the college’s football team. Christian was found dead lying face down on the sidewalk. Not far from Christian’s body, the police found two disoriented teenagers. One was naked on a bench, the other screaming at parked car. The police suspected drugs involved. A police investigation of the house where Christian had attended a party turned up a white powder. Consequently, police couldn’t determine what it was.
Days later, Elijah and his foster brother Justin traveled to Grand Forks from Minnesota. They went to celebrate Elijah’s upcoming 18th birthday and visit his cousin. Elijah and Justin were hanging out with their cousin’s boyfriend. According to Justin, he offered them a special treat.
Justin said that Adam told them the powder was an extract from psychedelic mushrooms. Elijah was nervous because he had never tried psychedelic mushrooms before. Soon after they consumed the bag of laced chocolate, the hallucinations began. “The trees looked like cauliflowers like dancing around,” Justin recalled. “The sidewalks were swooping up and down like a roller coaster, and the grass was shooting up to the sky.” Elijah started having a violent reaction to the drug. He was convulsing uncontrollably, foaming at the mouth and hitting his head. When the ambulance arrived, Elijah had passed away.
At the hospital, the doctor reported that Elijah was suffering from multiple organ failure and had also gone into cardiac arrest. Elijah was brain dead. On June 15, 2012, after three days in the hospital, his family decided to disconnect his life support.
The report went on to trace how this drug wound up in North Dakota. The investigation found the online seller. Therefore he was prosecuted, pled guilty and sentenced to 20 years in federal prison.
As parents or other influencers of young people, we must be clear about the dangers of these drugs.
Therefore, a clear message for young people is to avoid putting anything in their bodies that would change their feelings or emotions. Whether it is something they smoke, drink, take in pill form or shoot with a needle. The human brain is an incredible and fragile machine. A teenage brain requires even more care because it is a developing work in progress. Additionally, stress that it is impossible to know what these drugs contain, who made them or what you are going to get; getting high – no matter how – carries risks of making unsafe or unhealthy decisions.
In conclusion, just because a drug is legal does not mean that it is safe; we don’t know the long-term effects of synthetic drugs because the drugs are constantly changing in order to stay “legal.”
 The Controlled Substances Act (CSA) is the statute prescribing federal U.S. drug policy under which the manufacture, importation, possession, use and distribution of certain substances is regulated. The act was passed by the 91st United States Congress as Title II of the Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act of 1970 and signed into law by President Richard Nixon.
 21 U.S.C. § 813, is a section of the United States Controlled Substances Act, passed in 1986. This allows any chemical “substantially similar” to a controlled substance listed in Schedule I or II to be treated as it is also listed in those schedules intended for human consumption.
 Illinois Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. 410 ILCS 620 (2012).
 Synthetic drugs sold using sly, deceptive marketing. (2014, May 20). KXAN. Retrieved from http://kxan.com/2014/05/20/synthetic-drugs-sold-using-sly-deceptive-marketing/
 Deadly High: How synthetic drugs are killing kids. (2014, December 2). CNN. Retrieved from http://www.cnn.com/2014/12/01/us/synthetic-drugs-investigation/index.html
You’ve completed, or maybe you’re still going through, treatment for alcoholism or some other form of addiction. How are you going to maintain your sobriety out in the “real world?” If you’re being honest with yourself, you have probably decided that it’s too much to be able to handle on your own. You’re still going to need some help. So, what do you do? Who do you turn to?
A sponsor is someone you choose, who has been sober longer than you, someone you can rely on, and someone who can inspire you. He or she is generally a volunteer from a Twelve-Step Program, whichever one deals with your particular addiction, who chooses to be a sponsor because it helps them to maintain their sobriety by helping you to maintain yours. Your sponsor understands your situation, will model sober behavior, will encourage you to go to meetings and become involved, and can help you to make sure you’re getting everything possible out of your program.
In addition to a sponsor, a sober coach is another resource that you can rely on to help you maintain your sobriety. What is a sober coach? What does a sober coach do? The main job of a sober coach is to make sure that you don’t relapse.
A sober coach is an ally who genuinely cares, listens, and can be trusted with confidences. They are tough; a consistent source of honest feedback regarding self-destructive patterns of thinking, feeling and acting. They can help to identify and resolve personal or environmental obstacles to maintaining your sobriety. They’re advocates who can assist you in obtaining social services, suitable employment and protection of your rights. They’re your cheerleader and your friend. Intrinsically, they are a source of motivation, encouragement, support, organization, praise, consultation, advocacy and strength. It is said that the role of a sober coach is most crucial during the first 90 days of an addict’s recovery.
Sober coaches have backgrounds in addiction, nursing, social work and psychology. Most have at least five continuous years of sobriety. Before retaining a sober coach, you should check their background; inquire about their training, their association with private or public treatment programs and their references. Ask the candidate about his or her successes and failures, their years in the field and experience with similar cases. You may also wish to pursue their knowledge about the “science of addiction.”
In popular culture, you probably have already encountered sober coaches. Television actors portray sober coaches. For example, Dean Stavros of “Pretty Little Liars,” played by Nathaniel Buzolic on ABC Family, was a sober coach for Spencer Hastings, who was struggling with addiction. Dr. Joan Watson, played by Lucy Liu on the CBS series, “Elementary,” acts as a sober coach for the modern day Sherlock Holmes. Lindsay Lohan, when she left treatment, hired a sober coach. Zac Efron has hired a sober coach. Former Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has had a sober coach. And Kim Richards, of the Bravo TV series “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills,” also had a sober coach.
According to Doug Caine, the founder and president of Sober Champion, a sober coaching company with offices across the United States and in London, tough love is a central theme in sober coaching. “We don’t do hand-holding or babysitting jobs,” Caine says. “Coaches and clients develop an intense, bonded relationship. If you’re not willing to do some work, if you won’t go to any lengths to stay clean, you’re going to have a tough time benefitting.”
If you’re willing to do whatever it takes to reach and maintain your sobriety, a sober coach can help you reach your goal.
 Is a Sober Coach Necessary to Overcome Addiction? (2013, August 27). U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved from http://health.usnews.com/health-news/health-wellness/articles/2013/08/27/is-a-sober-coach-necessary-to-overcome-addiction
If you have taken the plunge into your recovery from addiction, whatever your addiction may be, you are certainly aware of Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, written by Bill W. and Dr. Bob S., who founded Alcoholics Anonymous. The Twelve Steps embody the spirit, philosophy and foundation of Alcoholics Anonymous. They are its guiding principles and method for recovery. Moreover, they have been adapted and adopted for use by other self-help organizations such as Marijuana Anonymous, Overeaters Anonymous, Gamblers Anonymous and a host of others.
One of the Steps, Step Five, states “Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.” What does this mean? What does this do?
First we must look at the social and behavioral pattern of an alcoholic. The pattern was described, best, by Bill W. and Dr. Bob S.:
Almost without exception, alcoholics are tortured by loneliness. Even before our drinking got bad and people began to cut us off, nearly all of us suffered the feeling that we didn’t quite belong. Either we were shy, and dared not draw near others, or we were noisy good fellows constantly craving attention and companionship, but rarely getting it. There was always that mysterious barrier we could neither surmount nor understand.
In other words, alcoholics, as well as other addicts, are lonely, withdrawn, separated, or isolated.
The first four Steps in recovery are (1) We admitted we were powerless over alcohol—that our lives had become unmanageable, (2) Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity, (3) Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him, and (4) Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves. All of these lead to Step Five and its implicit direction to engage in fellowship.
You’ve been an addict of some sort. Whether your isolation was a cause of your addiction or your addiction was a cause of your isolation, you have set yourself apart from relationships with anyone or anything except the substance or activity to which you were addicted. The Steps, in their entirety, are the basis for a reconfiguration of your life, which includes healthy relationships. Maybe you’ve had one bad relationship, or maybe you’ve never had a good relationship, or maybe you’ve been in one-sided relationships. Whichever it is, the Twelve Steps teach a healthy way to recover.
You go to meetings, sometimes more than once a day. You encounter people just like you. They’ve been where you are, done what you’ve done, and are learning to live in sobriety. Understandably, you will feel reluctant to go in. But you must. The people in those meetings have struggled, just as you have. They’ve battled and are battling addiction, just as you are. They will befriend you. People may offer you their contact information so you can reach out to them, compare experiences, and share in the process of recovery. They will ask you for your contact information as well. They are willing to help you, if for no other reason, helping you helps them. In one of those meetings you will encounter a person who you will choose to become your sponsor, who will help you handle your new life. You will no longer be alone.
Back to the meaning and function of Step Five: “Admitted… to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.” This is something you have to do in order to complete your Twelve Step program. You have to relate to somebody else. If you can relate to one person, you will find it easier to relate to more people. Recovery means you cannot be alone. “Life takes on new meaning in A.A. To watch people recover, to see them help others, to watch loneliness vanish, to see a fellowship grow up about you, to have a host of friends—this is an experience you must not miss.” Ridding yourself of isolation is the key to your recovery.
You cannot do it alone or in a vacuum. Nor should you try. Step Five is the answer. Go to a meeting.
 Alcoholics Anonymous, Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions (New York, N.Y.: The A.A. Grapevine, Inc. and Alcoholics Anonymous Publishing (now known as Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.), 1952, 1953, 1981).
 Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 57.
 Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 89