The History of the 12 Steps

12 Steps

An affluent man from Rhode Island, a religious movement called the Oxford Group, a New York stockbroker, an Akron surgeon, and Swiss psychoanalyst Carl Jung all had a hand in the development of the fellowship now known as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). Today the organization estimates its membership at over 2 million people. Understanding the history…

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Choosing the Right Addiction Treatment Program

choosing addiction treatment program

Acknowledging that you need an addiction treatment program is a great first step. For the next step, knowing what to look for in a program can make a significant difference in the success of your recovery. If you are not able to attend sessions because of the location or cost, or if the program’s philosophical…

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Nutrition and Addiction | How Your Diet Affects Your Recovery

nutrition and addiction

Addiction can affect physical health in many ways. Not eating well, eating too much, and metabolic disruptions can affect your nutrition when you are addicted to drugs or alcohol. Likewise, your diet affects your recovery efforts in a positive way by contributing to your physical and mental recovery. Challenges in Addiction Issues such as dehydration,…

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How to Prevent Holiday Relapses

No one is immune to the stresses of the holidays. When you’re doing your best to maintain your sobriety, you’ll be facing additional challenges during this typically jolly time of year. If you’re wondering how to prevent holiday relapses, then congratulations: you’re already planning to avoid with potential setbacks, and that is critical to your…

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8 Tips for Helping Your Loved One Stay Sober

Everyone wants the best for their loved ones. When the people we care about struggle, it’s in our nature to want to help. If you’re concerned about helping your loved one stay sober, then there are a few ways you can assist them in their journey while also being mindful of your own needs.  A…

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How to Recognize Binge Drinking

One out of every six American adults binge drinks at least four times a month. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention call binge drinking the most common, costly and deadly pattern of excessive alcohol use in the U.S. Many mistakenly assume that binge drinking is a more innocent form of alcohol consumption than excessive…

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When High-Functioning Alcoholics Hit Their Tipping Point

Nearly 20 percent of alcoholics are “highly functional.” That means they have good jobs, a large circle of friends and, in some cases, an overall fulfilling life. Because a high-functioning alcoholic might feel as though drinking isn’t affecting their life, they often deny that they have a problem. However, excessive alcohol use always has consequences.…

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October is National Substance Abuse Prevention Month

Most people who have a substance use disorder started using drugs or alcohol before age 18. Preventing drug and alcohol use by young people could greatly decrease their chances of suffering from addiction. October is National Substance Abuse Prevention Month, and it is a valuable opportunity to start the conversation about the dangers of youth…

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8 Signs Your Loved One Has Relapsed

Many people mistakenly think of a relapse as a singular occurrence. They might assume it happens when someone in recovery randomly experiences a craving that leads to substance or alcohol use. Relapses are rarely this simple. A relapse can unfold over varying lengths of time. A person in recovery might first experience depression or stress…

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