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Addiction Treatment Blog by Addiction Experts » Entries tagged with "12 step meetings"

The Levels of Treatment

  These steps are listed in the natural order of progression in treatment for addiction. They are not all required but are highly recommended in order to ensure a successful recovery. Level One- Intervention Intervention is not required. However, for many addicts treatment begins with an “intervention”. An intervention is an orchestrated attempt by family and friends to get someone to seek professional help. Professional “interventionists” specializing in drug/alcohol/addiction intervention may be hired by loved ones to intervene upon the addict’s life to coax them into treatment. Parents sometimes utilize these often forceful professionals to take the minor from their custody, even if against the minor’s will, into a drug treatment center. This event may be traumatic for the addict as they are uprooted from their life and relocated. However, traumatic events have … Read entire article »

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Why LGBTQI-Friendly Treatment Centers and Therapists Are Necessary

Why LGBTQI-Friendly Treatment Centers and Therapists Are Necessary

  As a child I went to therapy twice a week, starting at age eight.  Around age ten, I came out to my therapist, which was quite remarkable considering how little I chose to share with him.  He was the first person I came out to – excluding the brazen statements professing how I would marry the other girls in my neighborhood or elementary school when I was significantly younger (I guess there was not … Read entire article »

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Remaining Anonymous in AA

  As a member of Alcoholics Anonymous, anonymity is often a very pressing issue and topic of controversy. It is one of those grey areas of the program open to dispute. The 11th and 12th traditions both deal in the subject.  At the group level, I find that it keeps the common good of the organization as top priority: “… ever reminding us to place principles before personalities”. Not one person takes precedence over another. We are all equals.  Our careers, financial well-being, social status, our time sober, our race, religion, or creed: none of these issues should be taken into consideration at any meeting.  Not only that, but, if one is of high social stature, their word may be given a higher value by another. Also, the program is to … Read entire article »

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Exercising Moderation with Caffeine

Exercising Moderation with Caffeine

  One of the things that moved me, besides the bravery of the speakers and the friendliness of the people, when I first went to AA meetings was that there was coffee and cake. I must admit I am always impressed and overjoyed by hospitality and like sharing a nosh with people. There is magic in having a simple cup of tea with someone. Coffee, tea and chocolate all contain caffeine. This can be an amazing … Read entire article »

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Dope Sick Detox

Dope Sick Detox

  I knew my last fix would arrive shortly upon waking up from an entirely unpleasant half-sleep in the backseat of my car. It was a quick drive to my favorite coffee shop where inside there was a restroom with two trustworthy locks on the door. I have always been a committed practitioner of making sure no one would have the opportunity to catch me in the act. After shooting up most my heroin, I stepped … Read entire article »

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Keep it Simple

Keep it Simple

“It is always the simple that produces the marvelous” –Amelia Barr I hereby testify: this woman speaks the truth!! I am one who tends to overcomplicate EVERYTHING. I am ever so persistently sifting through the garbage of life with my monocle, afraid of missing that crown jewel. Instead of stepping back, doing the things I am supposed to, and allowing life to unfold on its own, I choose to look for signs in all the wrong … Read entire article »

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Sober, Happy & Free on the 4th

  When I was using, the Fourth of July was just another excuse to get wasted.  We set the scene with bottles of vodka, mixers, ice, mismatched cups, and a pack of three Swisher Sweet grape cigars, a whole lot of weed, and some junk food.  It was one of those nights when my apartment was filled with people I knew and some people I barely knew.  A few friends from college, my best friend from the apartment complex who also used to go to my college, and an assortment of people I knew from the apartment complex, a few of their friends, and a few of their friends’ friends.  Needless to say, it got weird.  I’m not sure how it happened, but with the music blaring, the fireworks exploding … Read entire article »

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Getting a “HIGHER” Education – Drugs and College

Getting a “HIGHER” Education – Drugs and College

  At CAST Recovery, many young individuals come in seeking chemical-dependency treatment with the hopes of entering or returning to college or furthering their education.  They face a larger challenge than the average college hopeful or college student who took a break and is hoping to return to class: staying sober.  The college student culture, at least on campus, is often submersed in drug and alcohol use. My experience with college, residential life, class projects, and often … Read entire article »

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Meetings: The Emotional Looking Glass

Last week, a man came into one of my meetings for the first time; I have been attending this particular meeting every week for approximately six months.  While no one appeared to know him, he acted chummy, which I found rather annoying, as he socialized prior to the start of the meeting.  After the lead speaker proposed a rather introspective topic, this same man raised his hand to share.  He spoke casually about intimate topics; his share was remarkably a kin to my own story.  Even though I realized that our stories differed when it came down to the specifics, we seemed to share the same emotions and motivators.  I raised my hand and shared.  In reality, I did not do it for anyone in the room but him … Read entire article »

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Celebrity Alcoholics Anonymous Meetings

Celebrity Alcoholics Anonymous Meetings

A reliable private source told me that celebrity Alcoholics Anonymous member in Los Angeles often have exclusive celebrity Alcoholics Anonymous meetings at their houses.  Upon first examination, this may appear to be an elitist perspective of AA, as though those who reside in the upper echelons of our society are too good to participate in an average AA meeting.  However, after thinking about it, I realized that, like any specialized meeting be it aimed at … Read entire article »

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