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Are 12 Step Support Meetings a Waste of Time?

Many people recovering from drug or alcohol addiction continue to experience physical discomforts long after they’ve stopped abusing substances. Whether in detox, residential or outpatient treatment, these discomforts “seem” to account for much of the difficulty involved with maintaining continued abstinence. Considering how physical discomfort seems to lie at the root of persistent drug cravings, ….

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What Can I Learn from the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous

Alcohol use disorder (AUD) affects approximately 16.3 million adults in America.  Over 600,000 adolescents have been identified as drinking to excess.  Further, over 88,000 deaths globally have contributed directly to alcohol abuse.  The statistics are clear.  Alcohol is a problem for many. In the 1930’s one man ventured unwittingly upon a desperate quest to stop ….

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The Meaning Behind the Serenity Prayer

According to Alcoholics Anonymous, the serenity prayer is a prayer said at the beginning and sometimes the ending of every Alcoholics Anonymous or 12 Step meeting. This prayer is meaningful to the recovering addicts who say it and to those that have been harmed by drugs and alcohol. What is the Serenity Prayer? Introduced to ….

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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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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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How the NA 12 Steps Can Help You Break Free From Addiction’s Hold

Anyone who’s gone through detox only to find him or herself back using drugs knows how addiction’s effects can linger on after stopping drug use. Once addiction takes hold, it’s not uncommon for addicts to go through multiple rounds of detox treatment before seeing any real results. Once you step back into the world drug-free, ….

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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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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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