12 Steps

5 Top Lessons from The Big Book of AA

There are many resources that provide help to people who are addicted to alcohol. While some people are able to overcome an addiction on their own, others need as much help as they can get. Once a person makes his or her way through a treatment program, they may wish to continue with a similar ….

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How 12 Step Programs Deal with Recovery and Relapse

Anyone who’s been through drug treatment has likely encountered the 12 Step program approach in one form or another. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, 12 Step support groups work in much the same way as group therapy in terms of offering needed social supports while helping addicts develop healthy coping skills for ….

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Are the 12 Steps of Al-Anon the Same as the Others?

The basic concepts behind the 12 steps are the same as other 12 step meetings. Each Al-Anon group is separate from the organization. The 12 traditions explain how this works. Most 12 step programs change the wording of the 12 steps but not the meaning behind them. Although Al-Anon mirrors the 12 step concept, it ….

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New Book Bashes 12-Step Programs

For most people, recovering from alcoholism means enrollment in an Alcoholics Anonymous program and going through its famous 12 steps. That’s what Gerhard Wagner did. But he found severe flaws in the program, and got sober on his own. According to PRWeb, he writes about his addiction and recovery in his new book “Tears of ….

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Battle Over Religion At Alcoholics Anonymous

Alcoholics Anonymous famously uses religion as part of its recovery, with “God” appearing four times in the 12-steps. But two AA groups in Toronto don’t think religion has any place in recovering from alcoholism, and came out with a new 12-step list without the word “God.” Now they are on the outs with the official ….

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12-Step Program For Over-Involved Parents

Are you entirely too involved in the lives of your children? Do you over-schedule, over-protect and over-indulge your kids? If you do, perhaps you are in need of “Parents Anonymous.” Created by parenting author Wendy Mogel, she writes on MSNBC.com: I’ve seen increasing numbers of devoted, loving, highly intelligent parents treating perfectly capable children like ….

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12-Steps Withstand Test Of Time

When you think “alcohol treatment” you are likely to think of Alcoholics Anonymous and its 12-Step program. And there is a good reason for that – while other trendy alcoholic treatments have come and gone, the 12-Steps remain. “I think it has withstood the test of time because it works as long as the willingness and ….

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Toronto AA Fight

There’s a kerfuffle in the Toronto, Canada AA community that brings out an ongoing issue in Alcoholics Anonymous. The question is the role of God and religion in recovery. There are several registered AA groups in Toronto. Two of these, “Beyond Belief” and “We Agnostics” clearly do not follow the AA tradition that puts a ….

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Save Me From My Food

To say Americans are food conscious is a bit of an understatement. We obsess about it, and treat it both as medicine (healthy food) and a danger (toxic foods) to be wary of. As a nation, we continue to pile on the pounds. For some, food is even seen as an addictive substance, used for ….

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