Step One of Alcoholics Anonymous

“We admitted we were powerless over alcohol–that our lives had become unmanageable.” Rehab was my initiation into the program of Alcoholics Anonymous. Thinking I was just going to rehab to “get the monkey off my back,” I half listened and did what I was told. I followed the herd in the treatment center. I said […]

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The Importance of Recovery

Recovery has become more important to me than drugs and alcohol ever were. In 2003, it became obvious to me that I was circling the drain and, without a drastic change, my life as I knew it would fall apart. I just couldn’t keep it together anymore. I went into a 30-day residential program, which […]

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Overcoming Shame

Acceptance of Self I remember visiting a friend–let’s call her Lisa–who had a young daughter, “Jessie.” Lisa was in the process of potty-training Jessie. My son was much older and I had experienced the potty-training phase. I must have been a lucky mom because it was so easy. He was in diapers one day, and then he was […]

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Recovery Plans

Comprehensive Recovery Plan When leaving treatment, or first trying to establish sobriety, creating a comprehensive recovery plan is a way to develop positive coping mechanisms, utilize new skills, and monitor goal achievement. Learn more. What should be included in the recovery plan? Goal-setting: a way to establish what goals you want to achieve and how […]

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