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What to Do When 12 Step Treatment isn’t Working

Since 1935, 12 step programs have been a staple of addiction treatment. According to Alcoholics Anonymous, the 12 step program works for most people. Unfortunately, it does not work for everyone. As each person is different, each addiction is different. A single treatment is not going to work out for everyone. Therefore, what do you ….

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Rational Recovery Vs. AA

One clear criticism of AA is that it has no explanation for the approximately 5% of alcoholics who spontaneously quit drinking every year. The rationale is that “these weren’t really alcoholics anyhow.” Yet those same people would have been welcomed at any AA meeting and recognized as having a life-long, incurable, spiritual disease. Rational Recovery is at ….

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What are the Best Treatments for Supplementing 12 Step Programs?

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, “In the United States, many public and private substance use disorder treatment programs… subscribe to the 12-step-based approach organized around the philosophy of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA).” As this approach has been studied many times over, it has been proven to be a viable treatment option ….

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10 Creative Ways to Get Out of a New Year’s Champagne Toast

1. Sparkling Grape Juice Trick This is a very simple way to keep with the tradition of the New Year’s champagne toast. Simply enlist the aid of a bartender or server and ask them to bring you a sparkling white grape juice instead of the traditional champagne. 2. Make a Point that you are Driving ….

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How Do I Approach Someone Else About 12-step Recovery?

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, addicts in AA and other 12-step programs are asked by the final step to “try to carry [the group’s] message” to other addicts in order to strengthen the program and help other individuals find their way. Therefore, approaching other individuals about 12-step recovery is an ….

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How Meditation and 12 Step Programs fit Together

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, 12 Step or community based programs are often one of many valuable treatment methods for alcohol and drug addiction. An important part of any addiction treatment is being able to focus on addiction treatment. An excellent way to focus is through meditation and meditative techniques. Combing treatments ….

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The “Easy Does It” Mantra

There’s a lot of solid, accumulated wisdom that has come out of AA and other addiction self-help groups. It would be nice to see some of these principles adopted by the larger population of non-addicts. The “Easy Does It” slogan is one of those. When someone first starts attending meetings – and they’re sober enough, for ….

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What is 13th Stepping?

13th stepping is a term for when a person who has been in recovery for a year or more initiates a sexual relationship with an individual who is new to a 12-step program (usually having been in recovery for less than a year). In 12-step programs, this behavior is frowned upon because it can be ….

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