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Health & Help Chat recognizes that diseases such as alcohol addiction and drug abuse are illnesses that are incredibly difficult to recover from. Health & Help Chat also recognizes that staying away from alcohol and/or drugs is a life-long battle to remain in recovery, and it has been proven that the support of a group increases your chances of staying well and living life to the fullest. This is why we are offering you this Alcohol and Drug Misuse Chat Room, these alcohol and drug misuse forums, and the alcohol and drug misuse social network.

Many people recovering from alcohol and/or drug addiction choose to use Alcoholics Anonymous and/or Narcotics Anonymous. These are both helpful and useful programs for you to continue to utilize; what we are presenting here to you is one more form of support to perhaps combine with any outside help you are receiving. Health & Help Chat wishes to increase your chances of staying in recovery by offering you an online peer support network which features an Alcohol and Drugs Addiction Peer Support Chat Room, alcohol and drug addiction peer support forums, and an alcohol and drug addiction peer support social network to share your successes and have a shoulder to lean on when you need it. In researching for this site, we have found; "Studies show that women in treatment relapse less frequently than men, partly because women are more likely to engage in group counseling."1 It is unclear why women seek help more than men, but it is clearly a fact. This fact appears to have an effect on the female population's recovery; we wish to offer all of the population the same chance. Therefore, Health & Help Chat welcomes men and women to take full advantage of all this site has to offer.

The hope of Health & Help Chat is that alcohol and/or drug users who are recovering and need support from others heading up the same path to wellness will find the online support and anonymity they desire by utilizing all this website has to offer. It is very important for you to understand that you are not alone in your addiction. "In 2004, approximately 22.5 million Americans aged 12 or older needed treatment for substance abuse and addiction (alcohol or illicit drugs)."1 Obviously, drug and/or alcohol addiction is not as isolating as it may feel to you right now; you are not alone.

Also important to remember that part of recovery, in many cases, is relapse. "Relapse rates from addiction (40 to 60%) can be compared to those suffering from other chronic illnesses such as Type I diabetes (30 - 50%), Hypertension (50-70%) and asthma (50 to 70%). Drug addiction should be treated as any other chronic illness, with relapse indicating the need for renewed intervention."1 What this tells us, for a sufferer of drug addiction and/or alcohol dependence, is that it is an illness, not a weakness, and should be treated as such. Beating yourself up about relapse is similar to someone with diabetes doing the same if they decided to have that piece of cake. Alcohol and Drug Addiction Self Help Aid For many, it is all part of the process. The answer is to realize your relapse and immediately go back on the path to wellness; just as a diabetic would turn that cake down the second, third, or fourth time, finally realizing that he or she cannot indulge in sweets any longer. The answer is not to continue berating yourself which could, very easily, lead you back to your addiction.

We hope that you have a wonderful experience here at Health & Help Chat. Please utilize our Alcohol and Drug Misuse Chat Room, alcohol and drug misuse forums and our alcohol and drug misuse social network. We hope you enjoy the anonymity of this online support network, and we encourage you to meet, greet, share and support with others.

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