Understanding and Practicing Step Ten

Up to this point, the Twelve Steps focused on teaching us the right principles to embody in recovery. Now, it’s time to put those principles into action on a daily basis. There is no point in working so hard to establish a decent moral compass if we intend to toss it by the wayside later…

Tapping Into Your Emotions In Addiction Recovery

They say the good thing about sobriety is that you get your feelings back. Of course, the bad thing about sobriety is that you get your feelings back. Emotions are not bad in and of themselves, but they can be difficult to manage. This becomes even harder after years of self-medicating. We numb ourselves using…

Overcoming Tragedy at Amethyst Recovery

Today, America celebrated Memorial Day. Families all over the nation gathered together to honor both our surviving and fallen veterans. Some of these celebrations were quite joyous, revolving around a loved one who only recently returned from overseas. Others, however, were spent in grim mourning and solemn remembrance. The sheer number of those who have…

How Addiction Turns Into a Family Disease

We’ve talked before about the notion of addiction as a family disease. From stories of hope to the effects of a relapse on the family members, it’s a topic we’ve covered from multiple angles. Even so, there’s one thing we have never discussed, one question that may be milling through your head: Just how does…

Seven Heavenly Virtues: Patience

The penultimate article in our series on the Seven Heavenly Virtues may come as a surprise to some. Not the concept of patience as a virtue—which is, after all, a rather common expression—but rather the fact that its counterpart in the Seven Deadly Sins is generally held to be wrath. It may be a bit…

Alexa’s Story

By Alexa Hope Shelmet and Laurie Kesaris This is a story about learning to live life one day at a time. “One Day at a Time.” That is such a familiar phrase, especially for those of us in the addiction and recovery community.  It’s a simple reminder for us to remain focused in the present,…

Guilt: The Heaviest Load You’ll Ever Carry

Not long ago, one of our staff had a friend post on Twitter to pose a difficult question. She wanted to know why, as bad as it feels to be accused of something which you have not done, it always feels worse to have actually done something wrong. The staff member in question began to…

Fulfilling the Twelve Promises: Part 1

The Twelve Promises, also referred to as the Ninth Step Promises, are an interesting part of AA culture. They are not technically published as a list, but rather as a paragraph on pages 83-84 of the AA Big Book. Yet many have taken them and published them in list form on occasion, referring to them…

Alpha Series: Relational Empowerment

The final stage of the Alpha Series, having already discussed biblical self-awareness and developing our true identity, is relational empowerment. This is the stage at which we begin assessing the teachings that have brought us to a new understanding of ourselves, and then ministering these teachings to others who are in need of an identity…

Jealousy and the Need for Control

Jealousy is a common human experience, something to which we will all fall prey at one point or another. For some people, it is rather fleeting. For others, it is one of our foremost character defects, something that takes hold of us time and time again despite our best intentions. This is especially true of…