Rehab Aftercare

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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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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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 11

Fulfilling the Twelve Promises: Part 11

Recovery builds many positive qualities that we need in order to stay sober. It builds virtue and moral character, not to mention that it also ignites the spark of spiritual growth. In our early days, however, we’ll find that our situation often results in a few new...

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Benefits of Our Alumni Program

Benefits of Our Alumni Program

Clients who begin their recovery in treatment gain many vital tools, but they also face a major transition period upon discharge. After several weeks of continuous supervision, they must learn to manage their own program of recovery without neglecting the...

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Overview of Case Management Services

Overview of Case Management Services

When discussing our program with potential clients, some of our services require a bit of explaining. For instance, Amethyst clients at all three levels of care—detox, residential and day/night treatment—meet with a supervisor once every week to discuss case...

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Fulfilling the Twelve Promises: Part 10

Fulfilling the Twelve Promises: Part 10

If you’ve been reading the other articles in this series, it should be quite clear by now that the Twelve Promises all relate to changes in our thinking. Our actions, emotions and thought patterns are all intertwined. The Twelve Promises are generally called the Ninth...

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Reading Guide for "The Family Afterward"

Reading Guide for "The Family Afterward"

The family members of addicts and alcoholics often suffer terribly until the afflicted individual finally agrees to seek help. Parents, children, spouses, siblings and others all suffer their own pain as they watch a loved one struggle. When the addict or alcoholic...

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Warning Signs of Relapse

Warning Signs of Relapse

A common misconception about addiction recovery is that once a person gets clean, they’re fully recovered. But it would be far more accurate to think of sobriety as a journey rather than a destination. And as we embark upon this journey, we encounter many obstacles...

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The Twelve Concepts for World Service: Concept VIII

The Twelve Concepts for World Service: Concept VIII

Throughout this series on AA’s Twelve Concepts for World Service, we often use metaphorical interpretation to explain how these concepts apply to our personal recovery. Sometimes, this requires a bit of outside-the-box thinking. In the case of Concept VIII, however,...

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Fulfilling the Twelve Promises: Part 9

Fulfilling the Twelve Promises: Part 9

For some time now, we’ve been elaborating on the Twelve Promises listed on pages 83-84 of Alcoholics Anonymous. These pages, included in Chapter 5 (“How It Works”) discuss the benefits of working Step Nine of the AA program. But as we say in many other articles in...

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