12 Steps

The 12 Steps of AA Explained

August 29th, 2018|

The 12 Steps of AA has changed so much for alcoholics all over the world. It has allowed them to fully embrace the concept of recovering from alcoholism. What’s more, it has given them a supportive group of peers all working toward the same goal. “The feeling of having shared in a common peril is one element in the powerful cement which binds us.” ~ The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous The 12 Steps of AA Explained Since 1935, generations of problem drinkers have been aided by Alcoholics Anonymous, the fellowship group comprised of alcoholics helping other

What it’s Really Like to be an Addiction Counselor

October 4th, 2017|

A Career in Addiction Counseling After having the spiritual awakening promised in Step 12, many people dedicate their lives to carrying the message of recovery to the still-suffering addict or alcoholic. These fortunate few are committed to saving the world from the darkness of addiction – one lost soul at a time. For some, this means running a halfway house. For others, it means sponsoring people. For tens of thousands of recovering addicts and alcoholics every year, it includes a career in addiction counseling. Before you make a career move, learn what it’s really

12 Step Meeting Directory: Best 12 Step Meetings in Boise, ID

August 21st, 2017|

Are you looking for Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, or another Anonymous meeting near Boise, Idaho? Look no further. Addiction and alcoholism treatment isn’t for everyone. For those who do attend, having a solid aftercare plan in place is absolutely necessary. 12 step meetings in Boise, ID help thousands of addicts and alcoholics stay sober on a daily basis. People like these find 12 step recovery incredibly useful in these types of situations. 12 step recovery in Boise and worldwide includes any Anonymous program, such as Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous. All the 12 step programs

Why The First 90 Days Of Recovery Is So Vital To Long-Term Sobriety

June 12th, 2017|

The first 90 days of your recovery is unquestionably the most important part of your addiction recovery process. There just is no doubt. For starters, if your first 90 days of recovery don’t go well, you may not get to day 91. You’ll be too busy starting over again from day 1. Relapse is at its highest rate during the first three months of recovery. Everything will be at greatest risk, including your overall health. As a result, this is the time in your recovery when it is absolutely the most vital to take good

The Scoop: Sober Living Homes and Programs Explained

June 4th, 2017|

For many of those who struggle with addiction and are going into recovery, a sober living program can be an important connecting step on the long road to sobriety. We frequently talk about the differences between inpatient and outpatient treatment. Inpatient treatment is a jumping-off point for treatment that gets people through the worst parts of their recovery. It involves getting living at a specialized facility where addiction treatment is administered. Most inpatient facilities are 24-hour treatment facilities that administer both pharmaceutical and therapeutic treatments for substance addiction, while simultaneously maintaining a controlled, sober living

NA Meetings vs. AA Meetings in Boise: What Are the Differences

April 21st, 2017|

“I have found that the process of discovering who I really am begins with knowing who I really don’t want to be.” ~ Alcoholics Anonymous literature Idaho hosts both Narcotics Anonymous and Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, but when it comes to NA vs. AA, what are the differences between the two? Nearly everyone has heard of Alcoholics Anonymous and the twelve steps – but did you know that there is an equivalent support group for addicts as well? Both AA and Narcotics Anonymous (NA) are committed to providing a safe environment for alcoholics and addicts alike

How to Determine if AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) is Right for You

November 16th, 2016|

Early in your walk of sobriety, it's important to surround yourself with healthy choices, supportive people, and new activities that positively impact the new you. Because you will be overcoming the negative impact that alcohol and alcoholism has had in your life, it's critical that you determine the best course of action for you. What is Alcoholics Anonymous? According to their website, for more than 75 years "Alcoholics Anonymous {has served as} an international fellowship of men and women who have had a drinking problem. It is nonprofessional, self-supporting, multiracial, apolitical, and available almost everywhere.

Finding Free Addiction Resources in Boise, Idaho

March 17th, 2016|

  Like every other city in the United States, Boise, Idaho, is not without drug and alcohol addiction.  Places such as NorthPoint Recovery and Ashwood Recovery offer inpatient and outpatient treatment options for those who are ready to commit to a program for drug and alcohol treatment, but facilities are just one part of the recovery equation. Those who have recovered from drug and alcohol addiction in Boise, need a place to go after they’ve left places like NorthPoint Recovery or Ashwood Recovery.  They need resources. Furthermore, families of those who suffer from addiction need

3 Years Post Sobriety: My Life in Recovery

January 22nd, 2016|

"Achieving true sobriety goes beyond abstinence. It's also about healing your soul, apologizing for damage you did others, and seeking forgiveness." ~ Lou Gramm, Jukebox Hero: My Five Decades in Rock 'n Roll There was a time where if you put it in front of me, I drink it, smoked it, snorted it, or swallowed it down with abandon. Not coincidentally, that was also the time that I was constantly sick, typically frantic, alienated from my loved ones, and always desperate. That was about three years ago. Today, I completely abstain from recreational drugs and

5 Ways AA Helped Me

November 18th, 2015|

"Our findings are shedding light on how AA helps people recover from addiction over time. The results suggest that social context factors are key; the people who associate with individuals attempting to begin recovery can be crucial to their likelihood of success. AA appears adept at facilitating and supporting those social changes." ~John F. Kelly, PhD, Associate Director of the Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Addiction Medicine There is at least one in every family – a relative who has a not-too-subtle problem with alcohol. Maybe they're always making a fool of themselves at family