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12 Step Principles

Along with the traditional twelve steps of AA, there are a series of linked principles. These restate and reinforce some of the issues common to the alcoholic community. Some refer to these as the virtues of Alcoholics Anonymous. Surrender – the act of admitting we are powerless on our own. Hope – also mentioned as ….

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Christian 12 Step Recovery Program

The original 12 step recovery program, AA, was Christian in character, although not Christ-centered. It retains the reliance on spiritual help and a higher power, but has moved away from strictly Christian terminology and beliefs and become more general in character. However, because 12 step programs work best when they connect as much as possible ….

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Dual Diagnosis Program

Dual diagnosis in addiction refers to patients who have both mental health issues and substance abuse problems. Some related terms (often synonymous) are comorbid or co-occurring disorders. The cases are made more complex than either by itself because of the interactions between addiction and mental illness. Each can drive the other. A classic example is ….

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12 Step Prayer

If there were one prayer, more than any other that is associated with 12 step programs, it would be the serenity prayer. The longer version looks like this: God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; The courage to change the things I can; and the wisdom to know the difference. ….

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Dual Diagnosis: Definition

In the addiction treatment field, the definition of a dual diagnosis patient is someone who suffers a mental or psychological illness along with their addiction. Both the addiction and the mental illness are strong enough that they could be diagnosed separately. It’s the combination that puts the ‘dual’ in dual diagnosis. The distinction between a ‘regular’ ….

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Non-Religious Alcoholics Anonymous

There’s an old argument about whether Alcoholics Anonymous is a religion (or cult!) or not. The response to the charges is usually to stress that it’s spiritual instead of religious. The difference being the lack of a worship element. In any case, there is no denying that the founders had religious principles in mind and ….

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The 5 Stages Of Change

How people move from one entrenched behavior to another has fascinated psychologists for a long time. The question is also important in addiction treatment, where the change sought is breaking a powerful habit. The question, “How can I help someone change their ways?” turns out to be best answered by looking at where someone is ….

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12 Step Slogans

Because 12 step programs are based on repairing spiritual damage, it’s sometimes hard to communicate the “recipes.” There are barriers we erect against anything that will help us recover. Getting the message into a pithy slogan is just the ticket to make it memorable and sneak it past the internal editor we carry around in ….

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