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Your First Meeting Checklist

Going to your first 12 step meeting can feel overwhelming. You don’t know what to expect. You don’t know what’s going to happen. And you don’t know a thing about AA or NA. Don’t worry. Here’s a first meeting checklist, giving you everything you need for first meeting success. Find the Right Meeting While any ….

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The Importance of Giving Back

Once you’ve started on the road to recovery, you may find yourself wanting to give back. Not only is a fundamental aspect of the 12 steps, but many feel as though it’s a way to pay it forward. Here are some of the reasons giving back is so important in recovery. Spreading Hope When in ….

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How Can You Submit to a Higher Power If You Are Not Religious?

One of the first things that come to mind when people think about 12-step programs, like Alcoholics Anonymous, is that God and religion often play a large role. Unfortunately, it can make things difficult for those who are seeking treatment but are not religious in any sense. However, believing in a higher power doesn’t necessarily ….

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4 Myths About The Elderly And Substance Abuse

When someone tries to picture what a person with substance abuse looks like, most think of someone who is young, possibly even a teenager. Rarely do people think that the elderly would be associated with substance abuse, but it can be quite common. The NCBI states that substance abuse is becoming more and more prevalent ….

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What is a Higher Power and Why is it Important to the Recovery Process?

Having a higher power is a very important concept during the recovery process. Some may choose a more religious definition while others will need something to help them through the difficult process. There are many different ways higher power can be important to the recovery process. God as a Higher Power There has never been ….

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What It Means to Work the Program

When it comes to the 12 step programs, people have all kinds of opinions. Some people love it. Some people hate it. And some people say it doesn’t work. But those people are wrong. For decades, the 12 steps of recovery have helped people recover from alcohol and drug abuse. Step into any AA or ….

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Why Is the Fellowship So Important in AA?

When people talk about AA, NA, and other 12 step groups, they’ll often mention the fellowship. But what is the fellowship? And how do you become a part of it? The 12 Step Fellowship When it comes to 12 step meetings and programs, there are two different aspects to consider. There’s the program, including the ….

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What Is the Big Book?

If you’re new to the 12 steps, you’re bound to hear references to the Big Book at just about every meeting you attend. But what is it? And why is it so important in AA and other 12 step programs? While everyone calls it the Big Book, what they’re actually referring to is the book ….

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