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The 12-step Program: Step 9 – More Than Just an Apology

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Whenever an addict or alcohol enters recovery, many of them decide to join a 12-step program. A 12-step program can be the Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) group or any of its derivatives that all encompass the same basic premise: grow internally following spiritual principles by completing 12 steps. With millions of people around the world finding […]

The 12-step Program: Step 8 – Willing to Make Amends

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What is a 12-step Program? The 12-step program was pioneered by Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) in 1935 and they are, in many ways, the beginning of modern addiction treatment. The steps are outlined in AA’s primary resource nicknamed the Big Book by people in the program. The steps are guidelines to accepting your addiction, working to […]

The 12-step Program: Step 7- Humbly Ask to Remove Shortcomings

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For many people in recovery from substance abuse, focusing on their commitment to sobriety daily keeps them grounded. To put it first and foremost in their minds brings purpose to the decision to leave addiction behind for good. This is not always an easy thing to do, which is why recovering substance users join a […]

The 12-Step Program: Step 6 – Being Ready to Remove Character Defects

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What is a 12-step Program? The original 12-step program was created as a part of the Alcoholics Anonymous fellowship in 1935. Today, 12-step programs are used by hundreds of different organizations for people addicted to substances or behaviors other than alcohol across the globe, adapted to fit the needs of each group. At its core, […]

The 12 Steps: Step 5 – Admit The Exact Nature of Our Wrongs

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What Is a 12-step Program? The first 12-step fellowship, Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), was initially established in 1935 to provide guiding pillars for those suffering from alcoholism to come together in groups and support one another. In subsequent decades, the 12 steps have been adapted to fit the needs of people addicted to many different substances—not […]

The 12-Step Program: Examining Step 4 – Taking Personal Inventory

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In the recovery world, joining a 12-step program is typically how most addicts and alcoholics find their way to peace and sobriety. During the course of working the 12-steps, recovering addicts and alcoholics address a number of underlying issues and their spiritual void in order to recognize why they drink and/or use drugs and how […]

The 12-Step Program: Step 3 – Making the Decision to Turn to the Care of God

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The 12-step program was created by the co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous, Bill Wilson, but is currently used by hundreds of self-help organizations and support groups around the world as a way to reaffirm their commitment to staying sober. Incorporating the 12-step program or a version of it into your addiction treatment plan can give you […]

The 12-Step Program: Step 1 – Honesty and Acceptance

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What is the 12-Step Program? The 12-step program and the philosophy surrounding it was conceived by Bill Wilson, the co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), and published in 1938. In the decades since, it has been adopted by more than 200 self-help organizations with million of members around the world. While created with alcoholics in mind, […]

The Road Less Traveled: Turning to Holistic Therapy for Addiction Treatment

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Currently, there are 23.5 million Americans struggling with addiction to drugs and/or alcohol. It equates to approximately one out of every 10 people. Over 120 people die as a result of overdosing every single day, and those numbers continue to rise as the opioid epidemic continues to sweep the United States. With such horrifying statistics […]

Grief in Recovery: 5 Ways to Stay Sober in Tough Times

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Whether you’re sober or not, life will not always be easy. Many people believe that once they leave active addiction behind and begin living a life in recovery, they would no longer be subjected to difficult times. They believe that since they are doing the right thing and avoiding drugs and alcohol, that all the […]