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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

Russell Brand: Changing Our View on Addiction

December 5th, 2017|

You May Not Love Russell Brand For His Comedy – But You Gotta Love The Guy For His Recovery Russell Brand isn’t for everybody. He’s an acquired taste. The 42-year-old British comic and movie star is quite controversial, making a name for himself with his outrageous stand-up comedy and notorious public antics. Starring in movies Get Him to the Greek and Forgetting Sarah Marshall – and famous for his two-year marriage to rocker girl Katy Perry – he’s the kind of guy you either love or hate (or love to hate). But, one thing

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

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

The Shame Game – How to Be Victorious

February 25th, 2017|

The Shame Game – How it is Played The Shame Game – it is a very real part of the recovery process. It is also a psychologically recognized mind game we have all been guilty of playing with ourselves at one point or another. Many mental health professionals believe shame is at the root of most psychological problems. Here’s how it works: we recognize some aspect of ourselves that we reject as “bad” or “unworthy” and we dwell on it. We then feel ashamed. This sense of shame gives us permission to feel bad about

The steps of recovery: What does the process look like?

January 20th, 2017|

If you try to Google “steps to recovery,” you are likely to uncover a wide range of results. Whether one follows twelve steps, five stages, or six chapters, they all work together to highlight one thing: recovery from addiction is not straightforward and does not happen overnight. There is no question that the road to recovery is a process that requires intentional steps toward specific goals. More often than not, it is not enough to simply determine to live addiction-free. Instead, the process is filled with difficult challenges, triumphant achievements, and more highs and lows

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.

The Serenity Prayer and the Meaning of TRUE Acceptance

October 21st, 2016|

"God, grant me the Serenity to Accept the things I cannot change, Courage to change the things I can, and Wisdom to know the difference." ~ theologian Reinhold Niebuhr Recovery and 12-Step Fellowship meetings around the world often begin in the same way – with the assembled group reciting the Serenity Prayer together. Early on in rehab, newly-sober addicts and alcoholics are taught to recite this prayer whenever they feel overwhelmed or tempted. But what do these words – serenity, acceptance, courage, and wisdom really MEAN? Let's take a closer look at each. Serenity Refers

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, Ph.D., 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

The 12 Steps – the Third Step

September 25th, 2015|

"Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him." ~ Alcoholics Anonymous, The Big Book The 12 Steps – the Third Step The Third Step of recovery can be a stumbling block for many substance abusers in Boise, Idaho. Stubbornness is one of the defining personal characteristics of people suffering the disease of addiction. After making progress in the first two Steps, many individuals new to recovery balk at the next one. The idea that they must surrender control of their life is an almost