12 Steps

Is 12-Step Abstinence the ONLY Way to Recover from Addiction?

By |2019-03-06T17:15:45+00:00February 21st, 2019|

“The research evidence clearly demonstrates that a one-size-fits-all approach to addiction treatment typically is a recipe for failure.” ~ National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse Is abstinence the ONLY way to recover from alcohol or drug addiction? Can problem drinkers and drug users learn to manage their addictions through moderate use? Or is there a middle ground? Right now, the substance abuse crisis is worse than it has ever been.  Last year, well over 72,000 people died from drug overdoses, while alcohol claimed the lives of more than 88,000. And despite massive public [...]

The 12 Principles of Recovery Explained

By |2019-03-22T19:29:23+00:00January 6th, 2018|

Recovery can be intimidating. Many people hear about the 12 Steps made famous by Alcoholics Anonymous and think that the whole process is just too complicated. This is precisely why it is so important to have a better understanding of the 12 Principles of Recovery. The 12 Principles are basic spiritual concepts that guide the Steps. When you can grasp the underlying idea behind each Step, it greatly simplifies things and makes it easier for you to follow the path of your sober journey. Let’s take a closer look at each of the 12 [...]

What it Means to Really Take a Personal Inventory and Admit Our Shortcomings

By |2019-03-26T18:51:36+00:00October 17th, 2017|

The process for completing any Twelve Step program for addiction or alcoholism is full of many challenges. One of these is determining what it means to really take a personal inventory and admit our shortcomings. Difficult or not, self-inventory is a crucial element of addiction recovery. But what does it actually look like? Step 4 of AA as an Important Part of the Recovery Process Step Four of Alcoholics Anonymous may be just one of the Twelve Steps – but it is simultaneously one of the most crucial and most [...]

5 Ways 12-Step Meetings Keep us Connected and Sober

By |2017-09-08T03:22:08+00:00September 7th, 2017|

Despite the stereotype of dingy church basements and stale donuts, there is no question that 12-step meetings help keep us connected and sober on the road to recovery. Mutual support groups for addiction have been around for the better part of a century. Millions of people all around the world have benefited from the support and connection offered from these 12-step meetings. What Are 12-Step Meetings? What kinds of support groups are considered 12-step meetings? In basic terms, a 12-step meeting is any kind of group focused on recovery through some variation of the twelve [...]

Learn the Signs of Darvocet Abuse and Addiction

By |2019-04-02T18:36:17+00:00June 3rd, 2017|

Darvocet – Are You Abusing this Dangerous Narcotic? Darvocet – also known as Propoxyphene or Darvon – is a powerful and dangerous narcotic. In fact, the drug is so dangerous, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) banned the manufacture and distribution of this medication in 2010. Even though the drug has been banned, the painkiller Darvocet is still available on the black market and is being sold on the street for as much as twenty dollars a pill. In spite of the ban, many people are still abusing Darvocet or struggling with an addiction to [...]

The Science behind the 12 Steps of Narcotics Anonymous

By |2018-03-21T04:34:39+00:00November 15th, 2016|

The history of the 12 steps of Narcotics Anonymous began over 80 years ago, when a New York businessman and an Ohio surgeon began a fellowship based on mutual aid, founded with the goal of helping fellow alcoholics regain and retain their sobriety. Over time, this fellowship society drafted a list of guiding principles intended to aid the recovery process on every level – physical, mental, emotional, and especially, spiritual. This was the beginning of Alcoholics Anonymous. Although AA was intended specifically for those individuals whose lives were being made unmanageable by alcohol, the [...]

My Journey of Healing with the Twelve Steps

By |2016-06-25T02:38:28+00:00July 22nd, 2016|

Realizing I was Abusing Alcohol and Deciding to Become Sober When I realized that alcohol had taken control of my life, I began to do research on the internet. At first I was embarrassed and afraid to seek out the support of my friends and family, so I felt safe on my computer, researching methods and tips to achieving sobriety in the comfort of my home. Looking at all of the health and emotional benefits one gains when cutting alcohol from their life, I relied heavily on scientific facts in the beginning. After several days [...]

How My Friends and Social Life Changed in Recovery

By |2018-12-29T03:25:13+00:00December 15th, 2015|

"A good friend will help you to discover the potentials you haven't uncovered. A bad friend will help to cover up the potentials you have already recovered. Make your choice!" ~ Israelmore Aylvor, inspirational writer and author of The Great Hand Book of Quotes Early on during my journey of recovery from alcohol abuse to sobriety, I learned that if I wanted to protect everything I had worked so hard to regain, I would have to separate myself from the People, Places, and Things that were part of my former drinking life. It would be [...]

The Journey of Forgiving Yourself and Others

By |2018-12-29T04:09:31+00:00September 25th, 2015|

"It's one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself, to forgive. Forgive everybody." ~ Maya Angelou Alcoholics and addicts know all about pain. While in active addiction, they were responsible for inflicting a lot of it, both upon themselves and upon everyone around them. Often, they were the recipient of the pain caused by someone else, as well. For many, some past trauma played a significant part in the development of the addiction, because the sufferer was looking for a way to numb the psychic pain. Because of the unhealthy ways that they dealt [...]

The 12 Steps – The Second Step

By |2018-12-29T04:07:22+00:00September 25th, 2015|

"We came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity." ~ Alcoholics Anonymous, The Big Book Continuing the journey of recovery from alcoholism and addiction, we come to the first step that embraces the spiritual aspect of recovery. For many individuals who have been lost to substance abuse, Spirituality and Belief have been sorely neglected in their lives. Some may have once had Faith but have now come to reject it. Some lost their faith somewhere along the road to perdition. Others are hard-and-fast nonbelievers. And all of these belief [...]