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Tom Arnold: Addiction is No Laughing Matter
Jan 19, 2023

Lights. Camera. Substance misuse? Yes, the third word in that Hollywood catch phrase uttered by millions is “action.” But so many film and TV careers of some of our most brilliant actors have been riddled with a checkered pattern of alcohol and substance misuse that seem to be just as front and center as their […]

Why Acceptance is an Essential Part of Recovery
Mar 23, 2021

Acceptance is often times an essential part of recovery. When one is new to sobriety, it can be difficult to accept the new version of themselves. Learning how to see your circumstances clearly and live life on life’s terms can open the door to a whole new level of emotional sobriety. Below are just some […]

12 Questions About the 12-Steps: Do I have to talk? 
Apr 26, 2017

  If you go to a 12-Step meeting, do you have to talk? The short answer is no. You will never be forced to share. If you are asked, you can decline. Not sharing at your first (or first few) meetings is fine and normal! It gives you time to feel comfortable and get acquainted […]

Alcoholics Anonymous: The 12 Steps of AA & Success Rates
Apr 21, 2017

What is Alcoholics Anonymous? For those struggling with alcohol use disorder, or alcoholism, Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) is an international organization of peer groups meet to support each other. Members meet regularly to discuss issues and concerns related to their addiction and to support one another through triumphs and relapses. Generally, more seasoned group members “sponsor” […]

12 Questions About the 12-Steps: AA Membership
Apr 3, 2017

  How do you join AA or another 12-Step group? It’s simple. You just show up. Seriously, that’s it. You go to an Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meeting. There are no speeches, dues, or paperwork to sign. You don’t have to take a pledge or provide your personal information. You won’t receive a membership card or […]

12 Questions about 12 Steps: Finding an AA Meeting Near Me
Feb 7, 2017

Alcoholism is a chronic condition. Recovery requires ongoing work. Even after leaving the treatment center, it’s important to have a support system in place to keep you focused on recovery. Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), which pioneered the 12-Step program model, can provide the support system you need. The meetings provide a safe place to connect with […]

Non 12-Step Rehabs Near You: Alternatives to AA and 12-Step Programs
Jun 2, 2016

Addiction is considered a chronic disease with a relapse rate of around 40%-60%, similar to other chronic conditions.2 Aftercare services and support groups can help to promote sustained abstinence, which has been proven to decrease relapse rates. Studies indicate that individuals who remain abstinent from drugs and alcohol for five or more years relapse less […]

12 Step Programs: 12 Steps to Recovery from Addiction
Nov 2, 2015

What is the 12-Step AA Program? The 12-Step program, first developed and used by Alcoholics Anonymous, is a 12-step plan in order to overcome addictions and compulsions. The basic premise of this model is that people can help one another achieve and maintain abstinence from substances of abuse, but that healing cannot come about unless […]

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