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12 Step Prayers

One of the founding principles of AA and by extension, all other 12 step programs, is the reliance on a higher power for guidance and help. For Bill W, the founder of AA, this meant the peace and aid that comes from a heartfelt prayer. Since then, many prayers have been written around 12 step ….

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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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Alternatives To 12 Step Programs

The 12 step structure is a popular one for informal addiction treatment, but it doesn’t fit everyone. There are those who stumble with the spiritual aspects and those that reject the “incurable disease” idea. Some find group meetings uncomfortable and don’t get any benefit from sharing. For these, there are alternatives to 12 step programs. ….

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Is Addiction A Disease Or A Choice?

If you want to start an argument in almost any treatment setting, that’s the question to ask. Underlying the answers you get will be a deep question about responsibility. If it’s a choice, well then, addicts bear the entire weight of their poor choice. In fact, it’s probably better to say it’s a character flaw. ….

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What Is Motivational Interviewing?

Addiction counseling and treatment differs from traditional behavioral therapy in one important respect. Not all addicts want to give up their addiction. Because of this, treatment is often coerced or even enforced by court order. The difficulty for therapists then becomes, “How do I reach this person?” Motivational interviewing, at its root, attempts to find out ….

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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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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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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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