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Many people argue that there are more routes to getting — and maintaining — sobriety than solely working the “12 steps of recovery.” This may include inpatient rehab, whole some other methods taken to achieve abstinence include SMART recovery, Celebrate Recovery, Moral Recognition Therapy and traditional therapies. These other avenues tend to not have the

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Coming Back From a Relapse You will likely hear many people in the rooms of Alcoholics Anonymous say things like, “Relapse is not a prerequisite to recovery”, and, “Relapse is never necessary.” Of course, this doesn’t mean that it never happens. In fact, it happens quite frequently. It has been estimated that upwards of 60

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Common (Irrational) Newcomer Fears When I first came to the rooms of Alcoholics Anonymous (a timid little newcomer), I was absolutely riddled with fear. I was afraid of people, I was afraid of failure, I was afraid of myself (of finding out who exactly I was). I was afraid of returning to my old way

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If you have ever been exposed to any 12-step program of addiction recovery, you have likely had the pleasure of hearing quite a few favored clichés. Long-time members of Alcoholics Anonymous readily share classics like “one day at a time”, “it works if you work it”, and “keep coming back” – but what do all

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The 13th Step First and foremost, let me say that I don’t like writing about this. I’m a member of twelve-step recovery and have nothing but respect for all the fellowships. There are, however, some shady characters in the rooms of recovery. I’m talking, of course, about people that 13th step newcomers. At this point,

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This is Water Famous American novelist David Foster Wallace gave the 2005 commencement address to the graduating class of Kenyon College. He shunned the traditional graduation speech in favor of something a little more…spiritual. In his speech, Wallace touched on a number of ideas that are very twelve-step in nature. He spoke about things like

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Did He Break a Tradition? Earlier this month, the Huffington Post published an essay by a recovering alcoholic. In this moving piece of writing, the author talks about his personal journey to the rooms of Alcoholics Anonymous. He also touches on the lessons he’s learned through his eighteen years of sobriety. Sounds awesome, right? Well

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