You might think that the 12-step program is meant to keep you sober. Although that’s a basic truth, they are also meant to help you transform your life. Essentially, the 12-step program is meant to facilitate an entire transformation of who you are.
Relationships and marriage can have their own challenges. However, when you add addiction to the mix, marriages can experience a significant strain. Although your spouse might be sober now, a marriage can still feel burdened by recovery and the possibility of relapse. If you want to offer your spouse sober support in recovery, one of…Details
Just like any major goal in life, if you want to achieve it, you’ve got to have a plan – a course of action. For instance, to grow a company, you have to have a business plan. To write a book or an article, you need to have an outline. And even to drive your…Details
Not all sober living homes are alike. In fact, because there can such a variety, it’s important to know what your needs are when it comes to recovery and what a sober living home can offer you. This article will provide tips to help guide your search for a sober living home that’s right for…Details
Sometimes, something as simple as boredom can lead to drinking or drug use. Not knowing what to do in your free time can be a doorway into relapse. In fact, boredom is one of the leading triggers of substance use, along with loneliness and hopelessness. If you equate drug use and drinking with excitement, then …Details
Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) has been a life saver for many people. AA not only provides a recovering addict with a community of sober people (or at least trying to stay sober) but there is also an entire philosophy behind life after addiction. AA provides a clear set of guidelines, a map that will direct you…Details
There’s a saying among the Alcoholics Anonymous community that goes like this: Once an addict, always an addict. And this saying exists for good reason. Many people, including experts, believe that once a person has struggled with addiction, they will always be vulnerable to the illness even after many years of sobriety. In fact, by…Details
Although it sounds simple and perhaps obvious, a person in recovery needs to take responsibility for their own well being. There might be doctors, therapists, and support groups readily available, but if you’re not asking for what you need, you might miss out on the benefits of healing from addiction.
You might say that when you decide to get sober, you start a journey to a whole new life. You begin the process of becoming a whole new YOU. On the one hand, you might be afraid of the unknown, which is natural with a big life change. And at the same time, the unknown…Details
Typically, when a person is working the 12-steps, whether that’s in Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) or Narcotics Anonymous (NA) or another 12-step program, he or she requires the guidance of a sponsor. A sponsor is someone who has more sobriety or experience in addiction recovery and who can provide assistance to someone who is in their…Details