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. Much like the Preamble, some just say the Serenity Prayer without really…

Reading Guide for ‘More About Alcoholism’

The second chapter of Alcoholics Anonymous (commonly known as the Big Book) is titled “There Is a Solution” yet talks a lot about the nature of alcoholism itself. Even so, AA founder Bill Wilson could not have covered everything there is to say about the alcoholic’s condition within a single chapter. This is perhaps why…

Seeking Treatment for Major Depressive Disorder: Why Addicts Self-Medicate

There are many misconceptions about addiction. One of them is that it is always a choice. Mental health plays a huge factor in the forming of serious addiction. The American Psychiatric Association classifies addiction as a complex condition. Major depressive disorder or depression goes hand in hand with addiction.  It is important to think about…

Meditation and Addiction Recovery

For centuries, cultures across the world have used meditation for a number of purposes. Some practitioners seek enlightenment, while others simply wish to increase their sense of present-moment awareness. Many believe that calming the mind can help us to seek answers, while others put their focus toward the development of feelings such as gratitude, compassion…

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 fears as well. How do we tell people…

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 enters treatment, the family usually feels some relief. But the family dynamic will…

Warning Signs of a Relapse

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

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…

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Steve-O and His Road to Recovery

Table of Contents Table of Contents Early Drug and Alcohol AbuseRise to FameJourney to RecoverySupport from FriendsChallenges with SobrietyMaking the Choice for a Better Life Steve-O, famous from MTV’s Jackass show, is a recovering alcoholic and drug addict. He has been sober for well over nine years. He is also a role model for many…

Travis Barker and His Road to Recovery

Many fall prey to the tight grasp of drugs. People from all walks of life are victimized by drug addiction, which affects both the user and his family. Stress and significant life changes are often triggers of drug addiction. Celebrities are no different than the rest of us. In the entertainment industry, drug use is…