Embracing the First Tradition

Our last article was the first in a twelve-part series that will be published near the beginning of each month, each one dedicated to the promotion of understanding one of the Twelve Steps. While it is quite important for all addicts and alcoholics in recovery to understand these steps, the Twelve Traditions are sometimes neglected.…

Understanding and Practicing Step One

We are excited to reveal the start of a new feature this month, which we believe will help those in early sobriety as they attempt to adjust to their new way of life while working a solid program of recovery. The idea of this feature is to review one of the 12 Steps every month.…

For the Family: Dealing with Relapse

We’ve previously written a guide to staying sober over the holidays, with a number of suggestions. However, with Thanksgiving and most December holidays behind us, many of these suggestions are now moot. We now approach New Year’s Eve, one of the biggest drinking nights of the year. And as unfortunate as this is to say,…

Stubbornness and Addiction Go Hand-in-Hand

We have all had bouts with stubbornness at one point or another. Each of us has had moments, or even entire days, when we were told to do something that we did not want to do. On several occasions, we have also been told not to do something that we did want to do. Usually,…

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Dealing with Crack Addiction

Crack addiction has been a major issue plaguing humanity for quite some time, as crack emerged in the 1980s and immediately began to ruin the lives of its new advocates. It wasn’t long before crack cocaine became something of a pandemic, spreading across the United States and finding new addicts in every alleyway and drug…

The LGBT Community And Recovery From Addiction

Every addict and alcoholic on the planet has their own reasons for using. Some do it because they simply enjoy the euphoric effects of drugs and alcohol. Others may have a genetic predisposition toward addictive behaviors, as we discussed in our article on the disease model of addiction. Then, there are those who are trying…

What It Means to Hit Rock Bottom

There is a pervading theory in the world of addiction recovery that addicts and alcoholics must hit “rock bottom” if they are ever to accept the fact that failure to control their substance abuse has made their lives unmanageable. Due to the very nature of the disease, it is quite difficult for addicts to accept…

Removing Our Character Defects

When discussing our battles with addiction, we often make mention of character defects. Sometimes, these defects of character are related to our lack of inhibitions while intoxicated. At other times, our shortcomings may be influenced by co-occurring disorders that cause us to behave in an antisocial manner. But whatever the cause of these defects, the…

The Disease Model of Addiction

We often refer to addiction and alcoholism as a disease, but what do we mean by that? We certainly aren’t talking about some airborne, Outbreak-style virus. Some non-addicts despise the disease model, as they believe it to be a mere excuse for destructive behavior. Others have mocked the disease model due to a perceived comparison…