The Relevance of Twelve-Step Recovery in 21st Century Addiction Medicine

ASAM defines addiction as a “primary, chronic disease of [the] brain … [with] characteristic biological, psychological, social and spiritual manifestations.” It isn’t just a social or criminal justice problem—it’s a medical and public health problem. Medical diagnosis and treatment are appropriate responses to addiction; ASAM’s … Continue readingThe Relevance of Twelve-Step Recovery in 21st Century Addiction Medicine

Embracing change

For many of years I was stuck in a routine of active addiction. Feeling stuck and knowing I needed to change. Knowing my way was not working. I stumbled into the rooms of recovery broken. Remember asking people what all do I need to change? … Continue readingEmbracing change

STEP 12: HOW IT WORKS

Comments from Websites and Publications Step 12 gives me the satisfaction of helping others. I am uniquely suited to help others that have suffered the same addiction as I have suffered with. Although I did not plan on being in the role of the recovering … Continue readingSTEP 12: HOW IT WORKS

STEP 11: HOW IT WORKS

Comments from Websites and Publications Step 11 is my continual reality check and compass. It keeps me grounded in the reality that I know has brought me out of my addictive behaviors. It keeps me in a safe place by keeping my conscious contact with … Continue readingSTEP 11: HOW IT WORKS

STEP 10: HOW IT WORKS

Comments from Websites and Publications Step 10 begins laying the foundation for the rest of my life. It is a pledge to continually monitor my life with honesty and humility. It requires me to be vigilant against my addictive behavior and against the triggers for … Continue readingSTEP 10: HOW IT WORKS

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STEP 8: HOW IT WORKS

Comments from Websites and Publications Step 8 is the beginning of making amends, of healing the past with others. From the inventory of Step 4, I have a good starting place for making a list of people that I have harmed. I look over my … Continue readingSTEP 8: HOW IT WORKS