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, who are accused of brainwashing their patients rather than treating a disease. Those who make such…

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Going to a Long Term Rehab Program is More Effective

Addiction rehab can often seem like you’re being completely removed from the world you know. In some ways, this can be really stressful.  When you’re in residential treatment, you’re going to be placed in an environment that you’re not entirely used to. You’re moving to a new place that won’t feel like home right away.…

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A 12 Step Program Could Be The Key To Your Future

There they are. Those three words that you’ve heard so much about but haven’t quite read up on. The 12 Step Program. What are the 12 steps? They are not a form of medical treatment–they’re not technical and they’re not meant to be followed perfectly. Essentially, they are 12 tenets that guide you through recovery…

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 group. But when we look at…

Understanding and Practicing Step Eleven

While Step Ten focuses largely on keeping our thoughts and emotions in check, the next step takes a look at their very foundation. As most should know by the time they reach Step Eleven, the foundation of recovery is one of spiritual growth. Much of our work in the Twelve Steps focuses on establishing a…

Embracing the Tenth Tradition

Many of the Twelve Traditions require a bit of metaphor in order to apply them in our everyday lives. This is because, unlike the Twelve Steps, the Twelve Traditions pertain more to AA and NA groups than to the individuals who comprise their membership. But some of the Twelve Traditions, such as Tradition One, can…

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10 AA Slogans and Their Deeper Meanings

When people first join Alcoholics Anonymous, they may raise their eyebrows at some of the common AA slogans and phrases. These slogans often sound cheesy, especially when they get constantly repeated by people who say them without context of their deeper meanings. The newcomer simply hears someone spouting clichés without bothering to explain them. It…

Undergoing a Spiritual Experience in Treatment

Every so often, you will see us make mention of a spiritual experience, or spiritual awakening. This is a phrase that you hear a lot in recovery. It shows up multiple times in AA literature, as well as in several of our articles. But while we have discussed its meaning on occasion (such as when…

Changing Unhealthy Habits at Amethyst Recovery

Of the many things addicts and alcoholics have in common with those who have enabled them, the tendency to engage in numerous unhealthy habits is near the top of the list. When addiction turns into a family disease, everyone affected will develop this tendency to an almost frightening extent. And while it may be clear…

Understanding and Practicing Step Five

It’s May, which means that summer is just around the corner. More importantly, it’s time for our fifth installment of our series on the Twelve Steps. Step Five is directly related to Step Four, so those who are either on Step Four or about to begin it should benefit quite a bit from the advice…