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7 Alternatives to 12 Step Treatment

12 Step programs are often seen as cult like or more spiritual than many other types of drug and alcohol treatment. Although a 12 step program is good for some, some others might disagree with their belief in a higher power or other philosophies. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, there are many ….

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HAMS an Alternative to 12 Step Programs?

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, no one specific treatment works for every person addicted to a substance. Although 12 Step programs are one of the most popular community based programs available, there are alternatives for those who do not subscribe to the 12 Step philosophies. One of these is the HAMS harm ….

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10 Creative Ways to Get Out of a New Year’s Champagne Toast

1. Sparkling Grape Juice Trick This is a very simple way to keep with the tradition of the New Year’s champagne toast. Simply enlist the aid of a bartender or server and ask them to bring you a sparkling white grape juice instead of the traditional champagne. 2. Make a Point that you are Driving ….

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Hitting Rock Bottom

What does it take to create real change? Well, for alcoholics and drug addicts, it’s usually the pain of using becoming more than the pain of not using. For each it is different. There is no “one size fits all” for rock bottom. In the most extreme case, some addicts never hit it at all. ….

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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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Addicted To God

What an odd phrase that is. To understand it, we need to take a look at what being addicted means. The standard definition doesn’t do much good here, but I’ll offer another. Addiction is usually defined as: “The state of being enslaved to a habit, characterized by compulsive behavior that is damaging to the addict.” ….

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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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12 Step Programs For Addictions

There’s a slightly insulting word that’s made its way into the language. A “stepper” is someone who is enrolled in a 12 step program for addiction. The negative spin is that they are seen as weak-willed or pushy about a cult-style self-help model. In some ways, those outside the movement think of anything labeled 12 ….

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Clean And Sober Living

It’s almost a universal truth: They come to AA, NA or other program to get help kicking what has become an evil and deadly habit. We don’t tell them it comes at a price. If we told them what was really required, many would look elsewhere. The price paid to get clean and stay sober is ….

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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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