Alcoholics Anonymous has a single purpose: to help the alcoholic. Is AA supposed to be a support group for drug addicts as well? Twelve-step programs have been used to successfully treat many other problems with substance abuse and addictive behavior. The variety of programs ranges from narcotics addiction to food, sex and gambling addictions. Although […]
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Alcoholics Anonymous has a tradition of using prayer to battle addiction. The founder of AA, Bill Wilson, was inspired by the Oxford Group, a Christian movement that believed strongly in leading a God-controlled life. The center of a God-controlled life is prayer. Wilson himself credited a divine being with the fact that he was relieved […]
The 12 steps as guides to recovery for alcoholics have been around for decades. Since their origin in the 1930s as the foundation for Alcoholics Anonymous, the 12 steps have been expanded, altered and used in other types of addiction treatment. Although 12-step based programs have helped many people get sober and stay sober over […]
Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) is a well-known program used by millions of recovering alcoholics to get sober and stay sobers. The program focuses on regular attendance and participation in small group meetings to help individuals make necessary life changes and offer long-term support. Begun years ago by men, today 30 percent of those who participate in […]
Addiction is a terrible disease. Those living with it struggle with temptations, shame, guilt, poor health, failing relationships, and a number of other issues disruptive to a normal lifestyle. Treatments for addiction that are based on medicine, science, and sound research have been lagging. For decades, addiction has been viewed as a lack of will […]
“…God seems to have a kind of laid back management style I’m not crazy about.” – David Foster Wallace, from Infinite Jest
According to Alanon.org, one out of seven people are alcoholics. For each of these alcoholics, their disease directly impacts 16 other people. With all of the lives alcoholism is affecting, it is no wonder a support group was founded over 60 years ago to help them. Al-Anon is a 12-step program for the friends and […]
Newcomers to Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and other 12-Step programs may hear about the 13th Step and wonder how they missed an entire step in their recovery. After all, isn’t it called the twelve-step program?
Drug and alcohol abuse is a very real reality among teenagers today. It affects teens from all walks of life, showing no exceptions for race, demographics, or finances. Most statistics today indicate anywhere from 60 – 75% of teenagers have tried drugs or alcohol at some point; many of them end up in rehab. And […]
Bullying and eating disorders – the connection is becoming more recognized and relevant to patients, mental health experts and even celebrities, such as Disney actress Demi Lovato.