Why Relapse is Not a Sign of Failure

Many recovering addicts and alcoholics view relapse as synonymous with failure. We see it as a sign that we have learned nothing from our daily regimen of meetings, meditations, and calls to our sponsors. After spending weeks, months or even years working toward our spiritual development, one relapse sends us right back into our old…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

The Twelve Concepts for World Service: Concept VII

Now that we have crossed the halfway point in our series on the Twelve Concepts, we have reached a difficult arena. Some readers may actually be familiar with the Conference-approved pamphlet on the Twelve Concepts for World Service. For others, this will be entirely new. But no matter what you know or how you feel,…

Fulfilling the Twelve Promises: Part 7

The Seventh Promise is something we actually talk about quite frequently on this site. Perhaps you may not have noticed, but it’s true. This is the promise that relates to selfishness, something that pretty much all addicts and alcoholics have experienced at one point or another. If you are familiar with the Twelve Promises, then…

Miley Cyrus: A Recovery Role Model

Miley Cyrus’s battle with addiction has been highly publicized over the past couple of years. In 2015, Miley Cyrus was photographed in a recording studio surrounded by what appeared to be drug paraphernalia. Miley’s loved ones and fans watched her addiction story unfold in the news. Despite the difficulties she undoubtedly has faced in working through her…

How to Help an Addict Who Doesn’t Want Help

Have you found out that a loved one is addicted to drugs or alcohol? Have you confronted them about their addiction? Perhaps they have refused treatment. Maybe they do not even admit that they have a problem. When a friend or loved one simply does not want help, it can be devastating and incredibly painful…