Embracing the Fourth Tradition

As we have done in previous months this year, we are following our article on the Fourth Step of AA/NA with an article on the Fourth Tradition. We noted in our article on the Third Tradition that, while Tradition One and Tradition Two may have been somewhat related to their corresponding steps, this is not…

Breaking Down the AA Preamble

Table of Contents Written by Amethyst Recovery Amethyst Recovery is a foremost authority on addiction and a trusted online source of substance abuse information. Their expert team of addiction professionals provide well researched content for people in the grip of addiction. All posts are fact checked and sourced. Much like one particularly famous preamble, the…

Answering Questions for the Newcomers

Each and every one of us was a newcomer to recovery at one point or another. Some people have a tendency to forget this when they have been sober for a while. In our eyes, this is likely at least one of the reasons you see so many people who seem to be just fine,…

A Declaration of Unity

Fellowship is an issue that has been coming up quite a bit in our articles lately. If you look at every article for the past couple of weeks and scroll to the tags at the bottom, you’ll see the word in almost every single one of them. Part of this is that we’ve been recently…

Fulfilling the Twelve Promises: Part 3

When we first began on series on fulfilling the Twelve Promises, we mentioned that there are technically only eleven if you read them in Chapter 6 of the Big Book. This is because one of the sentences that makes up that section is cut in half. The first half of that sentence has been turned…

Reading Guide for ‘Bill’s Story’

Bill W. was not the first or last person to assume that a professional lifestyle made it okay to stay perpetually drunk. (Stokkete/Shutterstock) Those who have read Alcoholics Anonymous are already aware that the second chapter (or first, if you don’t count “The Doctor’s Opinion”) is all about AA founder Bill W. In order to…

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Reading Guide for ‘The Doctor’s Opinion’

“The Doctor’s Opinion” is an important part of the Big Book, as it details a physician’s view of alcoholism and recovery. (Minerva Studio/Shutterstock) Those who enter recovery at a step-based treatment center will often be handed a copy of Alcoholics Anonymous (also known as “the Big Book”) almost as soon as they are admitted and…

Accepting Loss in Recovery

We all lose things. Even people. These things and people may be quite dear to us, or they may be things without which we can live quite happily. But no matter what the circumstances, each and every one of us will encounter loss at some point in our lives. To expect any different would be…

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Do’s and Don’ts of Telling Your Story

You may not know the answer to this question when you first begin, but the following should help you figure it out. (Ivelin Radkov/Shutterstock) Those of us who enter programs such as AA and NA may eventually be charged with the task of telling our stories to others. This may be in the form of…

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The Importance of Your Sobriety Date

When we were in our addictions, the days of the year all blended together. We are fortunate in that this is no longer the case. (Brian A. Jackson/Shutterstock) Every once in a while, those who attend 12-step meetings may hear someone open a share by giving their sobriety date. There are men and women the…