What’s So Great About Alcoholics Anonymous?

What’s So Great About Alcoholics Anonymous? If you’re in recovery or thinking about quitting drinking, you may be giving some thought about a support group to help you stay sober. Many recovering alcoholics attend Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) in order to get the support and accountability that they want and need in order to stay sober. [...]

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Spiritual Malady–a 12 Step Take on Addiction

Spiritual Malady--a 12 Step Take on Addiction Spiritual malady is a term used in 12 Step recovery circles to describe the nature of addiction. It is a term that is full of meaning. The word malady seems to be used interchangeably with ailment or disease. A specific reference in recovery literature is found, for example, in the [...]

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Wrongdoings–Our Rationales

Wrongdoings--Our Rationales Wrongdoings is a familiar term in all 12 Step groups. It is a catch phrase that captures the thoughts, feelings and behaviors we have that cause guilt, shame, conflict and harm. By examining these things in our lives, we gain insight into how to get sober and stay sober. When participating in a [...]

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Moral Inventories–the 12 Steps

Moral Inventories--the 12 Steps Moral inventories are significant in 12 Step recovery programs, forming a foundation for achieving sobriety and maintaining it. They are considered to be lists of an individual's personal defects in character, violations of moral principles, resentments, harms done to others and fears. Inventories are done by the recovering person, not by [...]

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Inventorying Wrongs and Harms–the 12 Steps

Inventorying Wrongs and Harms--the 12 Steps Inventorying wrongs and harms is a foundational concept of recovery in 12 Step programs. It is something we prepare to do as we work through Steps 1-3--one by one and in order. The inventory is then specifically addressed in Step 4 which states that in our process of becoming [...]

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Self-seeking Behavior and Selfishness

Self-seeking Behavior and Selfishness Self-seeking behavior and selfishness are common concepts used to describe our conditions in active addiction. They are particularly well-used in 12 Step programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA). While the concepts say a great deal about who we are in the throes of addiction, they can also apply [...]

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Relationship Boundaries for 12 Step Newcomers

Relationship Boundaries for 12 Step Newcomers  We all know that relationships are sometimes difficult to maintain for one reason or another.  They may start off wonderful, but over time conflict arises, people change, coping skills may be lacking, or an array of other things occur.  Mix in alcohol or drugs in the equation and things [...]

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Attending 12 Step Meetings–Why Should You?

Attending 12 Step Meetings--Why Should You? Attending 12 Step meetings is a cornerstone of addiction and codependency recovery. They are so widely available that almost everyone has heard of at least one of them. AA (Alcoholics Anonymous), NA (Narcotics Anonymous), Al-Anon or Codependents Anonymous are probably some of the most well known. It's almost impossible to [...]

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Necessary Steps After Detox and Rehab

Necessary Steps After Detox and Rehab Once you’ve completed alcohol or drug detox and rehab, it is important to know what your next steps will be in order to continue with your recovery.  If you simply stop recovery efforts once your leave rehab, you’re likely to relapse. Detox and rehab are wonderful tools to get [...]

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Revisiting the Serenity Prayer: Quatrain One

Revisiting the Serenity Prayer: Quatrain One The first quatrain of the Serenity Prayer asks for serenity, courage, and wisdom. Big things to ask for, but we need to be asking daily. Looking at the Serenity Prayer, one first notices its simplicity. Serenity, courage, and wisdom arise when one of two conditions exist: the things we [...]

By | August 10th, 2016|12 Step Recovery, Blog|Comments Off on Revisiting the Serenity Prayer: Quatrain One