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The Many Varities of 12 Step Programs

The Many Varities of 12 Step Programs

  As an addict, it is in my nature to flood my brain’s pleasure centers. After a night of riding the tidal waves, I come to in a pool of spilled bourbon and stale sweat. I begin to feel at home in the deep end, dependent on the bottom feeders. What begins as a problem with benzos and alcohol might grow to include codependency or addictive thrill-seeking behaviors. I begin to associate the desperation of the morning … Read entire article »

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Taking Sobriety One Moment at a Time

Taking Sobriety One Moment at a Time

You just got sober and the world seems to be brimming with opportunities. The path to recovery offers the life that you never dreamed you could have. But first, you think, there are a lot of things to “fix” and all of it must be done NOW. Sometimes in early sobriety we feel that we need to change everything all at once. As addicts and alcoholics we are no stranger to that quick fix solution, … Read entire article »

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Regaining Trust from Family in Sobriety

Regaining Trust from Family in Sobriety

I had just completed a 90 day treatment program. I was 20 years old, sober and floating around somewhere in the San Fernando Valley. I had no home, no job and no money. I had lost my car and my cell phone due to consequences of my alcoholism. I returned home to the San Francisco Bay Area with my tail between my legs hoping my family would provide me with these material things. After all, … Read entire article »

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Surviving Halloween Sober

Surviving Halloween Sober

It’s almost October 31st and you’re still in your first year of sobriety, what are you supposed to do? For avid Halloween party animals this can cause panic and despair. Some might bemoan the upcoming holiday wondering if they’ll ever have fun again. Others worry about a potential relapse. How are we to get through Halloween sober if we’ve never done it before? Recovery is designed to help us get through everyday life occurrences without having … Read entire article »

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Emotional Sobriety- Different than Physical Sobriety

Emotional Sobriety- Different than Physical Sobriety

For the first time in seven months I will be heading home to be with my family – Mom, Dad, Brother, Sister, Grandfather and my new sister-in-law. Last time I went home I was discharging from rehab and heading back to Santa Barbara 7 ½ months sober with no direction, no job and still very little self-confidence. I had agreed to move back in with my parents and try to make a go … Read entire article »

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Following Direction to a New Way of Life

Following Direction to a New Way of Life

In the last three years I have had many attempts at getting sober. I went to rehab numerous times, went through detox programs, and even tried to relocate. None of these measures ever worked. As I arrived to my sixth rehab on a cold winter day in Pennsylvania I vowed to do something different. I didn’t necessarily know what I was going to do differently, but I knew a change had … Read entire article »

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