Reading Guide for “Into Action”

In its fifth chapter (“How It Works”), Alcoholics Anonymous begins explaining the Twelve Steps in a fair amount of detail. Continuing this discussion, “Into Action” covers all of the remaining steps except for Step Twelve. You’ll want to read it in full, as there’s a lot of great information in here. But for those who’d…

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Reading Guide for ‘Working With Others’

While Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions (the 12&12) covers each of the Twelve Steps in separate chapters, Alcoholics Anonymous (the Big Book) preceded this book by nearly thirty years. As such, it should come as no great surprise that the Twelve Steps receive a fair amount of focus here as well. Each of the first…

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The Four Agreements: Shaping Your Reality

While we educate our clients on the 12 Steps and the value of working a regimented program, we also recommend a variety of outside literature to those who express interest. One of the books we most frequently lend our clients is The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom by Don Miguel Ruiz. Utilizing…

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The 6 Stages of Change

Nobody can force an addict or alcoholic into recovery. The family might serve up ultimatums, and a judge might require attendance at 12-step meetings. But nobody recovers unless they truly feel the desire to change. This does not happen overnight. Change is a process. Just as a caterpillar does not turn into a butterfly in…

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Understanding and Practicing Step Eight

It’s time to once again continue our monthly series on the Twelve Steps, this time by focusing on Step Eight. In many ways, the Eighth Step and the Ninth Step go hand in hand. Consider Step Eight to be something of a primer before we begin making our amends. And since making amends will be…

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12 Traditions of Alcoholics Anonymous

Even those not intimately familiar with Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) or Narcotics Anonymous (NA) probably know something about the 12 Steps. These simple suggestions were designed as a way of helping us cope with life in recovery so that we may maintain our long-term sobriety. They help us overcome our resentments and character defects. We learn…

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Beating the Florida Shuffle

Many clients who enter treatment seem very skeptical when they first come through the doors. For many, it seems easy to blame this on a general unwillingness to get sober. Unfortunately, the root of the problem is sometimes much darker. Because for every client who simply doesn’t care to receive treatment, there are others whose…

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Breaking Down the Lord’s Prayer

At the end of most AA meetings, we join hands and recite the Lord’s Prayer. Some people find this appalling, feeling as if it forces us to accept a specific definition of a Higher Power. Certainly, AA tells us many times to interpret the spiritual world in a manner that suits our best design for…

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Getting the Most Out of Therapy

Amethyst Recovery offers two forms of therapy. In a day/night program, clients meet with their case load for group therapy on a daily basis. They also generally meet with their therapist for one-on-one sessions once per week. Upon graduating from day/night treatment and moving into outpatient care, clients will continue to participate in one-on-one sessions…

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Features of Our New Detox Facility

Amethyst Recovery Center often recommends that clients detox prior to entering day/night care. This enables them to enter treatment with a clearer head, allowing them to better focus on their recovery. Now, we will be offering access to our very own, state-of-the-art detox facility. Eligible clients who attend our recently initiated detoxification program will also…

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