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A.A. Is Not the Only Way to A Sober Life

  One question asked commonly in the recovery world is: Are there other ways to get clean and commit to long-term sobriety than involving yourself in and working a 12-Step-based program like Alcoholics Anonymous? There is much scrutiny in the eyes of many alcoholics and addicts who are trying to get sober who feel that A.A. or any other 12-Step-based program just doesn’t work for them and are told that if they want to become and stay sober, they must commit to it because nothing else will work. Although it has been proven time and time again that A.A. and working the 12-Steps does work and is preferable for almost all alcoholics and addicts, some people—though the number may be small—find that other forms of treatment and long-term recovery might be more beneficial … Read entire article »

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Shame and Relapse

Shame and Relapse

  Shame, a toxic feeling that is often confused with guilt, is seen by many professionals to be an issue at the core of addiction. In fact, a new study from the University of British Columbia shows that an alcoholic who feels shame about past drinking may be at greater risk for relapse and other health problems. Why is shame associated so heavily with addiction? And is there a way for addicts and alcoholics to acknowledge … Read entire article »

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Top Celebrities That Are Sober Now

  Russell Brand From his pot and acid to crack and heroin days, the British actor is now delighting us with countless comedy flicks all due to his sobriety since 2003.  He stated, “Staying sober is a daily challenge.  It’s much more about not getting resentful about things.  Really, it’s a spiritual thing. It’s accepting that however important you think your problems are, you play a part in those problems. And probably one of the things you should look at is not being so self-involved.”   Anthony Hopkins Since a morning in 1975 when he woke up in Arizona with no concept of how he got there, Hopkins, one of the world’s most renowned and much-admired actors of our time has stayed sober.  He struggled with alcoholism for many years beginning in the mid-1960s and … Read entire article »

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Loneliness and the Holidays

Loneliness and the Holidays

  Why does it always seem that loneliness increases tenfold come the holiday season?  When friends, family and loved ones are brought together, one would assume that the ensuing conversations, parties, dinners, and celebrations would somehow alleviate the growing feeling of loneliness in one’s gut. However, as any person who feels continually lonely will tell you, surrounding oneself with distractions is not a surefire recipe to escape feelings of isolation.  During the holidays, we as … Read entire article »

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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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What does an Olympic Gymnast and a Recovering Addict have in common?

  I’ve been watching the Olympics every night, and while I enjoy the athletics to a certain degree, I find myself more touched by the human experience of the athletes.  In a weird way, their interpersonal relationships of parent-athlete, coach-athlete, and teammate-teammate, are similar to the ones I have been experiencing on my journey of recovery.    These athletes train for most of their lives to become as talented and strong as they are, and they do not do it alone.  Like an athlete, I have performed the physical and mental feat of getting and staying sober (I have a year now!), and I have not been able to do it alone.  Obviously, I have more of a mental recovery to go, but it is one of those journeys that never truly … Read entire article »

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Were Entirely Ready to have God Remove all these Defects of Character

Were Entirely Ready to have God Remove all these Defects of Character

  The 6th step in AA calls for entire readiness to have God, of our understanding, to remove all defects of character. Not for God to remove these defects, but for the alcoholic/addict to be entirely ready for this action. To do whatever it takes and give up whatever is necessary to remove all defects of character. This can be a scary step on the journey to sobriety, for completely surrendering to anything can leave a … Read entire article »

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Rigorously Honest and Sober: Step 4

Rigorously Honest and Sober: Step 4

  To be rigorously honest, I’m terrified of my part in it.  I’ve also been completely turned upside down as to my part in it all. He put me in a box and then spun it on its corner, making it seemingly impossible for me to find perspective, find my bearings. So to delve into the reality of it all in all this darkness seems beyond my reach. Yet, to be active in my program and … Read entire article »

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Character Defect – Illusory Divinity

  “I am God.  I am my own God.  I am God to others.  I do EVERYTHING with a God-like elegance and effervescence.  I never need any help – I only help others.  I predict the course of events before they unfold.  I have the answers to every question asked- the right answers.”  This was my internal dialogue for eons.  I adopted this way of thinking sometime around the 4th grade.  The most pathetic aspect surrounding this way of thinking: I never perceived myself as being arrogant.  I mistook it as an internal confidence I didn’t want others to know about.  If they knew about it, they would strive to attain it.  If they attained my secret, there would be nothing separating them from me.  I would then become an equal. … Read entire article »

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Cheating on my Therapist with my Sponsor

Cheating on my Therapist with my Sponsor

  I’ve spent 132 hours with my therapist, not including the occasional double session, and I share quite a bit with him.  It is not to say I’m the type of person who quickly attaches herself to people and is an open book, but we consistently meet in a room where I cry, get aggressive, mope, and whine unlike I have done with anybody else (something I’m actually grateful for). When I started seeing my therapist, I … Read entire article »

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