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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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Is Alcoholics Anonymous A Cult?

In 1998, Charles Bufe wrote a book that criticized AA called, “AA: Cult or Cure?” The book is available online. He does a pretty good job of laying out the history of AA, its links to religion, and how AA is practiced today. But, in the end, Mr. Bufe cannot come to a solid, unambiguous conclusion. ….

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Non 12 Step Recovery Programs

For various reasons, some alcoholics and addicts shy away from 12 step programs. Sometimes it’s the structure or the reliance on spiritual principles. For others, they fear a group setting or they’ve heard about medications and other treatments not available in the 12 step community. I’ve even heard some complain about the lack of anonymity ….

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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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Stages Of Change Theory

The “stages of change” model for quitting bad habits (including addiction) was popularized in a 1994 book called, “Changing for Good,” by James Prochaska (and others). The important breakthrough was the multiple methodology approach adopted by the author. In other words, one particular method in psychology wasn’t preferentially favored – what worked was adopted in ….

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12 Step Recovery Programs

The structure that started with Alcoholics Anonymous has spread far and wide in the 75 years since its inception. The 12 step model for recovery has been copied in a wide variety of areas where human beings struggle to overcome their harmful desires. While not all step programs necessarily pattern themselves after AA, most do. ….

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Twelve Stepper

On Being a Twelve Stepper So… we’re in the lexicon of Modern Drunkard Magazine. Didn’t know there was a magazine for alcoholics? There is. And not recovering alcoholics, but people who still think it’s funny to puke in public. At the definition of a twelve stepper is: A reformed drinker or someone who wants to quit ….

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