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Breaking Down the Serenity Prayer

We recently broke down the AA Preamble into separate parts, noting that it was important to understand the text which begins every AA meeting. But the Preamble doesn’t technically begin every meeting. Both AA and NA meetings generally start with the Serenity Prayer....

Reading Guide for ‘We Agnostics’

The target audience for “We Agnostics” is relatively easy to define. (aga7ta/Shutterstock) Groups such as AA and NA have many detractors, people who believe that they are religious organizations or even cults. This misconception extends to 12-based treatment centers,...

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Embracing the Ninth Tradition

As we move through our series on the Twelve Traditions, it becomes more difficult to apply them to our own lives. Some of the later traditions don’t apply to our personal lives as well as others. This stands to reason, as the Twelve Traditions primarily dictate how...

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The Pros and Cons of Safe Injection Sites

The Pros and Cons of Safe Injection Sites

The proponents of safe injection sites feel that the sites are a welcome addition to the fight against addiction. Specifically, they believe that they are a benefit to public health and the community. On the other hand, the opponents of safe injection sites vehemently...

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Understanding The Signs and Symptoms of Marijuana Withdrawals

Understanding The Signs and Symptoms of Marijuana Withdrawals

Marijuana is one of the most abused drugs in all of America, so understanding the signs and symptoms of marijuana withdrawals is quite important. Many admit to using the drug at least once. Many Americans are regular users. They first smoked marijuana for fun, but...

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Using A Sobriety Calculator the Amethyst Way

Using A Sobriety Calculator the Amethyst Way

You might be asking yourself what a sobriety calculator is. You’ve come to the right place. We love to use sobriety calculators to highlight the success of our patients through the recovery process. Sobriety calculators simply take into account the sobriety date of an...

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Building a Strong Social Network: Do NA Meetings Work?

Building a Strong Social Network: Do NA Meetings Work?

A Brief Look at Narcotics Anonymous Founded in 1953, this addiction recovery treatment program is similar to Alcoholics AnonymousNA meetings are usually open to anyone struggling with substance abuseFaith-based treatment program that uses a 12 step programInformation...

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A Comparison of Vivitrol with Suboxone and Methadone

A Comparison of Vivitrol with Suboxone and Methadone

Vivitrol is an opioid antagonist used in Opioid Replacement Therapy (ORT) to treat opioids, which are some of the most addictive drugs. The generic name for Vivitrol is naltrexone. The Food and Drug Administrations has approved Vivitrol injections for treating alcohol...

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Vivitrol and Its Role in Treating Addiction

Vivitrol and Its Role in Treating Addiction

Vivitrol is an opioid antagonist used in treatments for opioid and alcohol addiction. The generic name of this drug is naltrexone. It is an opioid antagonist often used at drug addiction treatment facilities, while patients partake in counseling and therapies. This...

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Aftercare Programs To Help Your Loved Ones: A Parent's Guide

Aftercare Programs To Help Your Loved Ones: A Parent's Guide

Alcoholism and drug addiction doesn’t just impact the sufferer; it affects the whole family. Whether your child, spouse, or employee is suffering with alcohol and drug addiction, chances are you’ve suffered right along with them, feeling powerless over providing a...

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Reading Guide for "A Vision for You"

Reading Guide for "A Vision for You"

Recovering addicts and alcoholics can learn a lot from reading Alcoholics Anonymous, also known as the Big Book. Chock full of stories related to recovery, this book offers lessons to which addicts and alcoholics from all walks of life can relate. But while the...

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Fulfilling the Twelve Promises: Part 12

Fulfilling the Twelve Promises: Part 12

The Twelve Promises offer us something that the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions do not. By reading the Twelve Steps, we learn that there is a solution to alcoholism and addiction. When we read the Twelve Traditions, we learn how to function as part of an AA or NA...

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Understanding and Practicing Step Twelve

Understanding and Practicing Step Twelve

We now reach the final article in our series on the Twelve Steps. This is the point at which we should experience our spiritual awakening, assuming that we haven’t already. By the time we reach Step Twelve, our spiritual principles will rise to new levels. In most...

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