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Dual Recovery

There are two meanings for the phrase “dual recovery”. The first is someone who is addicted to more than one (unrelated) substance or behavior. Sometimes it’s one substance and an activity, either of which is addictive by themselves. So, for instance, someone who is both an alcoholic and a compulsive gambler. Recovery would have to address ….

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How Spirituality Can Help in Addiction Treatment

According to New York University, Medical Center, spirituality is the part of a person that seeks higher meaning in order to rise above their suffering. This is a concept that eastern philosophy has embraced for thousands of years. For years, western doctors and spiritualists have operated separately to the detriment of people suffering from addictions ….

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What Is Thirteenth Stepping?

Originally, the term didn’t have a negative meaning at all. The twelfth step is: “Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.” It’s open-ended and was intended to be continued throughout one’s lifetime. In this context, ….

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Are 12 Step Programs Really Anonymous?

Everyone has heard the term anonymous when they talk about 12 step programs. It is important to think about the context of these meetings being anonymous. 12 step programs rely on people wanting to remain anonymous themselves. It counts on people’s desire to remain anonymous themselves. There are no guaranties when it comes to anonymity. ….

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Alcohol 12-Step Program

There’s a ongoing criticism of Alcoholics Anonymous: the program inflates what should be a simple and straightforward behavior change into an extended, sometimes years-long process. Those that make this claim point out a single step is the only thing needed – just stop drinking. Those who’ve participated in AA successfully strongly disagree. And the rationale for ….

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3 Valuable Benefits from Doing Step 10 NA

Step 10 – “Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.” The 12 steps that make up the 12 Step recovery approach all work together to create a lifestyle capable of sustaining a drug-free life. While much of the hard work has been done by the time you reach Step ….

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Winning Tactics for 12 Step Recovery

Addiction treatment and 12 step recovery are natural allies. At our inner core, we are uniquely defined and yet, when a substance dependency gains its power over us, we become quite similar in behaviors, characteristics, and conflicting interests that create chaos in our general wellbeing and the lives of those around us. Many people are ….

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Why Is Addiction A Disease?

Addiction is a disease in a similar way to type 2 diabetes is a disease. To make the analogy, we should look at type 2, or adult onset, diabetes. First, we know there is a genetic component. We also know that not everyone with the propensity for type 2 diabetes will get the disease. They ….

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