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  • Is Taking Medication As Prescribed Relapsing?

    Is Taking Medication As Prescribed Relapsing?

    Prescription medication is a hot topic in recovery. Many recovering addicts stay away from all types of medication, using natural alternatives such as herbal remedies when they become sick or have some other condition.

  • 10 Things You Didn't Know Where Possible Before Recovery

    10 Things You Didn't Know Where Possible Before Recovery

    Many addicts do not believe they are strong enough to overcome their addiction, and so they never actually seek out professional treatment. For many, they remain in denial that they even have a problem, and continue to engage in destructive behavior.

  • 10 Questions To Ask Yourself If You Are Looking For Recovery

    10 Questions To Ask Yourself If You Are Looking For Recovery

    Before you enter a recovery program, you should ask yourself these ten questions to help you find the right treatment program for your unique situation. This will facilitate your research into addiction treatment facilities for a better recovery and reduce your risk relapse.

  • Xanax’s Effect on the Brain

    Xanax’s Effect on the Brain

    Medications like Xanax may be helpful in alleviating symptoms of anxiety but evidence shows that long term use of the drug can lead to addiction and also be harmful to the brain. The drug's damaging effect on the brain can lead to problems like mental and behavioral abnormalities like dementia.

  • What the Bump to Schedule II means for Hydrocodone

    What the Bump to Schedule II means for Hydrocodone

    In a recent final ruling the DEA chose to move hydrocodone combination products from schedule III to schedule II. Hydrocodone products are a type of narcotic painkiller that is commonly prescribed to patients recovering from surgery or experiencing chronic pain.

  • Understanding Delirium Tremens and What Your Body is Saying

    Understanding Delirium Tremens and What Your Body is Saying

    Withdrawal from an alcohol addiction can involve a number of painful and uncomfortable symptoms that occur throughout the process of detox. One of the most severe symptoms of alcohol withdrawal is delirium tremens and it tends to be a problem for the heaviest drinkers who are attempting to quit cold turkey.

  • How to Get the Most Out Of Your Recovery from Addiction

    How to Get the Most Out Of Your Recovery from Addiction

    Spending time at a rehab facility can be costly and takes a great deal of time out of your work schedule so there is no reason to throw away the experience. Rehab is an opportunity that you may not have the means to do again in many cases so it is important to invest all your energy and effort into recovery.

  • Why Massachusetts Rate Of Drug Addicted Babies Has Exploded

    Why Massachusetts Rate Of Drug Addicted Babies Has Exploded

    A recent study has found that Massachusetts has three times than the nationwide rate of babies born with opiates in their systems. The numbers, based on the hospital diagnosis data that is reported to the federal government, show that in 2013, 1,300 Massachusetts babies (or about 17.5 per 1000 births) were born having narcotics in their system.

  • Elizabeth Pena’s Death Linked to Alcoholism

    Elizabeth Pena’s Death Linked to Alcoholism

    The life-long acting career of Elizabeth Pena ended abruptly on October 14th in Los Angeles as passed away at only age 55. The actress' death shocked her family, fans and other Hollywood stars that were close to her.

  • A Breakdown of the Types of Addiction Treatment

    A Breakdown of the Types of Addiction Treatment

    While people suffering from addiction can experience similar symptoms, people may need different kinds of treatment depending on their circumstances and what works best with their lifestyle. Some addicts may have special needs that would require a certain type of treatment center or length of treatment.

  • The Struggle of Staying Sober with Chronic Pain

    The Struggle of Staying Sober with Chronic Pain

    Painkillers like prescription opiates such as vicodin and oxycontin are among the most dangerous and addictive drugs in the county. Addiction to opiates is steadily rising, and communities everywhere are struggling to find a solution to what has been referred to by many addiction health experts as nothing short of an epidemic.

  • Put a Stop to the Re-Direction of Obsession in Recovery

    Put a Stop to the Re-Direction of Obsession in Recovery

    For someone suffering from an addiction, refraining from their drug of choice may be one of the most difficult things they ever try to accomplish. Maintaining their self-control and not engaging in indulgent behavior with a particular drug may be so stressful and straining that they begin to obsess over something else.

  • 5 Experiences that Happen in Early Sobriety

    5 Experiences that Happen in Early Sobriety

    Early sobriety is a time of major chafe and transformation. Most recovering addicts find that everything they have ever thought or believed comes into question when they are first sober and able to see with some clarity for the first time in what may be a while.

  • Self Love Is Part of the Recovery Process

    Self Love Is Part of the Recovery Process

    Recovery is a time of major reflection and growth for a recovering addict. When a person is using drugs and alcohol, they often face problems like low self-esteem and low self worth.

  • Realities Of Mixing Prescriptions With Other Substances

    Realities Of Mixing Prescriptions With Other Substances

    When you are prescribed various medications, you will be given an information sheet detailing the potential risks and side effects, as well as substances to avoid. Even consuming some herbal supplements, over the counter medication, or small quantities of alcohol while taking certain medications can cause significant health problems, including death.

  • Alcoholic Drinking Realities and Mythologies Revealed

    Alcoholic Drinking Realities and Mythologies Revealed

    Alcoholism is one of the most well-known types of drug addictions in the U.S. with an estimated 17 million people drinking excessively on a regular basis. As common as alcohol abuse seems, there are still many misconceptions about alcohol and drinking addictions.

  • 5 Tips For A Healthy Relationship in Recovery

    5 Tips For A Healthy Relationship in Recovery

    It has often been said that relationships are work, and, as anyone who has begun the process of recovery knows, so is getting sober. Overcoming the challenges presented by sobriety and by the life long process that is recovery requires dedication and compassion toward one's self.

  • 10 Things People in Recovery Deal with At Parties

    10 Things People in Recovery Deal with At Parties

    In American culture, drinking alcohol is considered the norm especially at celebrations and social gatherings. For someone in recovery who is using all of their willpower not to take a drink, going to a party can mean they are bombarded with potential triggers.

  • The Importance of Outside Help for those with Co-Occurring Disorders

    The Importance of Outside Help for those with Co-Occurring Disorders

    A co-occurring disorder is defined as the existence of a substance abuse disorder and a mental health issue taking place at the same time, the two intensifying each other. Several surveys and studies have shown this is a very common condition. A 1990 study lead by R.J.

  • 5 ways Vivitrol helps break Opioid Addiction

    5 ways Vivitrol helps break Opioid Addiction

    Recovery from opioid addiction can often be a difficult process involving a painful withdraw process. Psychological and physical addictions often combine to create powerful cravings that can be extremely difficult to overcome.

  • Alcohol Withdrawal and the Symptoms that Accompany It

    Alcohol Withdrawal and the Symptoms that Accompany It

    In the long run, sobriety is one of the best decisions a heavy and compulsive drinker can make, brining many benefits and restoring health. However, in the short term, withdraw from alcohol addiction can often be difficult.

  • 5 Reasons to Properly Plan an Intervention

    5 Reasons to Properly Plan an Intervention

    At its core, an intervention is an act of profound love. Although it can sometimes be very difficult or stressful to confront a person, if done correctly, it can make a huge difference in someone's life. Many people engaged in addictive behavior cope with their addiction through narratives of denial, ways of justifying their behavior to make it seem "not all that bad."

  • 5 Reasons Binge Drinking can Follow you Through Life

    5 Reasons Binge Drinking can Follow you Through Life

    A man who drinks more than 5 alcoholic beverages in a two hour period or a woman who drinks more than four is considered to be binge drinking. Drinking that amount of alcohol is not all that unusual for people at parties and it might seem like harmless fun.

  • How to Handle Substance Abuse in a Significant Other

    How to Handle Substance Abuse in a Significant Other

    Addiction is a disease that can ruin relationships and even tear apart marriages without the right kind of help and support. If you are in a relationship with an addict then you have probably experienced the worst side of them and dealt with the frustration of seeing them drunk or high day after day.

  • Linking Substance Abuse and Domestic Violence

    Linking Substance Abuse and Domestic Violence

    Addiction is a disease that can have negative consequences not only for the person abusing drugs or alcohol but also for everyone close to them. Substance abuse impacts nearly every aspect of a person's life and most commonly leads to marital and family problems.

  • 5 Reasons Why Staying Stopped is Harder than Stopping

    5 Reasons Why Staying Stopped is Harder than Stopping

    Someone struggling with a substance abuse problem may find it easy to gather up the resolve to say they are going to quit. They may even be successful at quitting and remain sober for a few months but find that they inevitably return to their old habits and are right back where they started.

  • Is Kratom a Substitute for Opiates or a Tool For Getting Clean?

    Is Kratom a Substitute for Opiates or a Tool For Getting Clean?

    Opiate abuse is one of the fastest growing and most deadly diseases currently facing the United States. Each year, thousands of people overdose on heroin or prescription opiates, and despite the best efforts of law enforcement and public health officials, opiate addiction continues to be on the steady incline.

  • Recognizing the Signs of Active Alcoholism

    Recognizing the Signs of Active Alcoholism

    Alcoholism is a disease that strikes people of all ages and from all walks of life. Like all addictions, alcohol often leads the person who is suffering from alcoholism to deliberately conceal their alcohol abuse from others. Many loved ones may also not be entirely aware of what constitutes alcoholism, and whether their loved one is truly suffering from alcohol addiction.

  • How valuable is Methadone Treatment to Opioid Addicts?

    How valuable is Methadone Treatment to Opioid Addicts?

    Prescription drug abuse, of opioid painkillers especially, is a very fast rising form of drug addiction, claiming more lives then any other form of preventable death. Even when these prescriptions are not deliberately misused, they can easily become addictive, and often have a long and painful withdraw process.

  • What Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs Aim to Prevent

    What Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs Aim to Prevent

    In an effort to identify instances of prescription drug abuse and reduce the cases of addiction, prescription drug monitoring programs are sharing prescription records with doctors and pharmacists in other states. A prescription drug monitoring program is a statewide electronic database which collects designated data on prescribed substances that are dispensed within the state.

  • Veterans with PTSD More Likely to Be Prescribed Painkillers

    Veterans with PTSD More Likely to Be Prescribed Painkillers

    The men and women who serve in the military may return home as heroes but they are often dealing with a myriad of problems after completing their service. Veterans often must cope with severe pain because of combat-related injuries and mental health problems such as PTSD or post-traumatic stress disorder.

  • Practicing Tough Love with an Alcoholic

    Practicing Tough Love with an Alcoholic

    Seeing someone you really care about in the middle of something as intensely all consuming and harmful as an alcohol addiction can sometimes be excruciatingly painful. A life built around nothing but drinking can brings a lot of harm with it.

  • State of New York Publishes Site to help Struggling Opioid Addicts

    State of New York Publishes Site to help Struggling Opioid Addicts

    The misuse and addiction of opioid painkillers is one of the most rapidly growing and serious drug addiction epidemics to plague the United States. The state of New York, which has the country's third highest population, has not been immune to the problems associated with this ongoing and growing drug problem.

12-Step Recovery Programs

The first four steps can establish a tremendous foundation for recovery with the creation of a connection to a higher power. The remaining 12 Steps focus on using that power to aid in personal work that sustains abstinence from drug and alcohol addiction.

12 steps to recovery, freedom, and life without alcohol, drugs, gambling, overeating or other dependencies. 12 steps to finding a power outside yourself that will guide you through choices without the use of drugs and alcohol. 12 steps to follow when the process feels overwhelming and nearly impossible.

The 12 Steps, originally created and used by the Alcoholics Anonymous fellowship, are a collection of ways to successfully move through the recovery process. In 1934, two alcoholics, Bill Wilson and Dr. Bob Smith, created the program as a way to keep themselves sober, and to help others do the same. The 12 Steps have been embraced by recovery communities and hundreds of support groups since its creation as a means of conquering alcoholism, drug addiction, and several other disorders (eating disorders, codependency, and various behavioral addictions, to name a few.)

The 12 Steps are used as a model in many drug and alcohol treatment facilities. With a disease model of addiction that believes that the continued use of psychoactive, addictive drugs will progress to abuse and onto addiction (leading to a disease that needs treatment) rehab centers utilize the 12 Steps as a set of tools to navigate recovery from the disease.

The 12 steps are an ongoing process that help sustain abstinence from alcohol and other drugs when committed to and constantly put into practice. The steps help identify the roots of substance abuse, and propose a method to begin healing. The causes of one’s addiction are identified, and alternative coping skills, without drugs and alcohol, are presented. 12 step recovery programs encourage an addicted person to take action toward a solution by taking action, examining past behavioral choices, and choosing to live a better life each day.

What are the 12 Steps?

The 12 Steps, listed below, are designed to be done in order. The steps can be done over and over again, and there is not a preset timeline for completion.

  1. We admitted we were powerless over alcohol (and/or drugs) - that our lives had become unmanageable.
  2. Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
  3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.
  4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
  5. Admitted to God, to ourselves and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
  6. Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
  7. Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
  8. Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.
  9. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
  10. Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.
  11. Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.
  12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics and to practice these principles in all our affairs.

The first four steps can establish a tremendous foundation for recovery.

The first step is about identifying the true problem that led to chemical dependence, breaking through denial, and being really honest with oneself. Members of the 12 Step Fellowship often believe that half the battle against addiction is admitting the problem: a powerlessness over substance use. The ability to be honest allows for a return to integrity, and to finding a solution to living without drugs and alcohol. Facing reality is so important after years of drug and alcohol abuse, often paired with other high-risk compulsive behaviors, in which time was spent running away from reality. By being truthful, many choices appear and a set of real solutions to the problem can be found and implemented.

The second step deals with finding a source of inspiration and guidance outside of oneself. Creating faith in a solution and believing that recovery is possible is vitally important to stop using substances indefinitely. Once the truth of complete powerlessness is realized, understood, and accepted, the 12 Steps steer an individual toward trust and faith in something greater than him or herself. Addicts and alcoholics try exerting self-discipline and willpower during active substance use many times, but always failed because drugs and alcohol had control. Working through the second step allows the person to regain lost control, with the help of a higher power.

Step three is about giving up control of a disease that cannot be controlled and surrendering one’s own self will to a power greater than yourself.

Step four is an important step that includes self examination and soul searching that facilitates the beginning of a clearer, more accurate, worldview.

The remaining 12 Steps focus on using that power that is greater than ourselves. Through various methods, an addicted person can make it through any day without abusing drugs and alcohol with Steps 2 through 12. With the help of one’s higher power, plus a team of trained professionals in a formal treatment program, a group of peers who are going through the process together, and a continued commitment to changing, recovery is beyond possible and it is happening every day.

Recovery Now TV has been working with 12 step recovery programs for over a decade and has successfully introduced thousands of clients to the process that helps achieve a life without drugs and alcohol. By calling Recovery Now TV today at 800-281-4731, you can access more information about 12 Step recovery programs, and can determine which program is right for you, or for someone you love.

Benefits of 12 Step Involvement

The 12 Steps are a concrete way, with proven effectiveness, to stay committed to recovery. If one day is exceptionally hard for a person to stay substance-free, adhering to the current step and attending an Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) or a Narcotics Anonymous (NA) meeting is always available.

Drug abuse cost the United States an estimated $161 billion in the year 2000. The individuals who progressed to the point of abuse and addiction, and who created these high costs, were unable to stop using without help. The 12 Steps are a way to stay on a path toward recovery, one step at a time. A study from the research team at UCLA yielded results that individuals who attended a 12 step program on a regular basis were less likely to return to abusing alcohol and drugs.

Disease Model of Addiction

Addiction is a disease of the mind and body that goes beyond the physical abuse of mind-altering substances.

In 1939, William D. Silkworth, M.D. contributed to the Alcoholics Anonymous Big Book, by saying, “All these [alcoholics], and many others, have one symptom in common: they cannot start drinking without developing the phenomenon of craving. This phenomenon, as we have suggested, may be the manifestation of an allergy which differentiates these people and sets them apart as a distinct entity. It has never been, by any treatment with which we are familiar, permanently eradicated. The only relief we have to suggest is entire abstinence.”

Abstinence Based

The idea behind complete abstinence, meaning not using any mind-altering substances, is that the brain and body of someone with the disease of addiction cannot use in moderation. An alcoholic cannot use another psychoactive drug because the craving and desire for an escape or an ability to numb pain, will then become satisfied by prescription drugs, for example, even when alcohol is the drug of choice. The same goes for a heroin addict. The 12 Steps suggest that a heroin addict cannot take a single drink because the effects of alcohol will replace those of heroin, and increase the chance of that user returning to his or her drug of choice.

Unwavering Support System

The 12 Steps are a concrete way, with proven effectiveness, to stay committed to recovery. If one day is exceptionally hard for a person to stay substance-free, adhering to the current step and attending an Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) or a Narcotics Anonymous (NA) meeting is always available. When utilized, the 12 Step fellowship provides safety, camaraderie, understanding, and constant support.

A 54-year-old recovering alcoholic shares his story of recovery with the 12 Step Fellowship:

When I went to my first meeting, a 30-year-old beautician was running her story about how her drinking started, the pain she suffered because of it, and what happened to change her. I was a 49-year-old male with my own business, and yet her story was my story. Her reaction to alcohol was the same as mine. Her helplessness after the first drink was mine. Her denial was mine. Her divorce was mine. Her reactions to life’s problems were mine. The familiarity and the sheer power of her running her story have kept me in the group for five and a half years. In AA they say, ‘We only have our stories and all we can do is tell what worked for us to stay sober.’

How You Can Include the 12 Steps in Your Recovery

To become involved in your local 12 Step fellowship, or to enroll in a treatment program that incorporates the 12 Steps, call Recovery Now TV at 800-281-4731. Our team will pair you with the best rehab program for your healing, or the healing of your loved on. Call now!

12-Step Options

A 12 Step fellowship is available for every substance and behavioral addiction. For everyone suffering alone, there is a group of like-minded people meeting to help one another stay substance free and committed to recovery.

Since its inception in the 1930s, 12 Step based programs have become available for every type of dependency. Not only are groups for alcoholics and drug addicts happening in every part of the United States, and of the world, but so are groups for overeaters, for people suffering from an anorexia and bulimia, for people addicted to others people (codependency), and for people addicted to behaviors like sex, gambling, watching pornography, and shopping.

Additionally, groups for those who have been affected by another person’s addiction are prevalent. Al-Anon is for family members of alcoholics and drug addicts, ACA is for Adult Children of Alcoholics, and Alateen is for teenagers with alcohol addicted relatives. Each uses a 12 step process to grieve the past, and to take steps toward one’s own healing.

A Fellowship for Everyone

Each substance and behavior has a separate fellowship, and set of meetings, to allow for greater understanding and support among members. The list below shows the options available to those seeking 12 Step involvement:

  • AA - Alcoholics Anonymous
  • ACA - Adult Children of Alcoholics
  • Al-Anon/Alateen (for friends and families of alcoholics)
  • CA - Cocaine Anonymous
  • CLA - Clutterers Anonymous
  • CMA - Crystal Meth Anonymous
  • Co-Anon (for friends and family of addicts)
  • CoDA - Co-Dependents Anonymous (for people working to end patterns of dysfunctional relationships and develop functional and healthy relationships)
  • COSA - Codependents of Sex Addicts
  • COSLAA - CoSex and Love Addicts Anonymous
  • DA - Debtors Anonymous
  • EA - Emotions Anonymous (for recovery from mental and emotional illness)
  • FA - Families Anonymous, for relatives and friends of addicts
  • FA - Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous
  • FAA - Food Addicts Anonymous
  • GA - Gamblers Anonymous
  • Gam-Anon/Gam-A-Teen (for friends and family members of problem gamblers)
  • HA - Heroin Anonymous
  • MA - Marijuana Anonymous
  • NA - Narcotics Anonymous
  • NAIL - Neurotics Anonymous (for recovery from mental and emotional illness)
  • Nar-Anon, for friends and family members of addicts
  • NicA - Nicotine Anonymous
  • OA - Overeaters Anonymous
  • OLGA - Online Gamers Anonymous
  • PA - Pills Anonymous (for recovery from prescription pill addiction)
  • SA - Sexaholics Anonymous
  • SA - Smokers Anonymous
  • SAA - Sex Addicts Anonymous
  • SCA - Sexual Compulsives Anonymous
  • SIA - Survivors of Incest Anonymous
  • SLAA - Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous
  • UA - Underearners Anonymous
  • WA - Workaholics Anonymous

While there is a fellowship for each substance and behavior, each model branches off from the 12 Steps originally created to treat alcoholics.

Alcoholics Anonymous

AA was established in 1935 and since that time the AA fellowship has helped millions of people around the world get and stay sober. AA has grown tremendously since its creation because the program “works if you work it,” an AA mantra. Along with the serenity prayer, and the 12 Steps themselves, Alcoholics Anonymous’ timeless success is based on its people. The structure of AA, where men and women come together in meetings, allows open sharing of problems, difficulties, vulnerabilities, and the ability to give and receive support. The purpose of personal sharing is to help each participant process his or her life, and to help others see that they are not alone.

For two decades before the American Medical Association identified alcoholism as a disease, Alcoholics Anonymous was treating it as such. By recognizing the progressive deterioration of the mind and body, the growing dependence upon a mind-altering substance, the withdrawal symptoms when alcohol consumption stopped, and the comparability to the criteria for other diseases, AA was one of the first to classify and treat alcoholism as a disease. Subsequently, Alcoholics Anonymous was the first program to bring treatment for alcoholism to the masses so that anyone seeking help could find it.

Decades later, the 12 Step model of Alcoholics Anonymous is consistently used in professional treatment centers. The Big Book is found at every meeting, and can be referenced at any point in recovery for appropriate guidance.

Whatever your situation, understand that recovery is simple, not easy. Recovery Now TV works with treatment centers designed to successfully establish a new life of abstinence from alcohol and drugs, and to help new clients ease into a new life.

Recovery Now TV for Addiction Treatment

Call Recovery Now TV at 800-281-4731 today to break the cycle of addiction once and for all.

Recovery Now TV works with fully-staffed treatment centers who employ medical doctors, psychologists, and certified addiction counselors that treat each client as an individual person with a need for healing of the mind, body or soul.

The first portion of recovery is participation in a detoxification program. With constant medical monitoring and medication management, the pain and discomfort of withdrawal symptoms are alleviated. The goal is to rid the body of all mind-altering chemicals and toxins left from repeated substance abuse.

Following successful detox, a client can enter a formal treatment program aimed at teaching new coping skills. Through individual and group therapy, feelings of inadequacy, necessary isolation, and distrust can be attended to with support and accountability.

Recovery Now TV works toward an ongoing goal of helping each client move through the 12 Steps as completely and authentically as possible to secure a strong foundation of recovery. With years of experience pairing addicts and alcoholics with the proper treatment centers, Recovery Now TV is the best resource for you to utilize for yourself, or for someone you care about who cannot stop abusing drugs and alcohol alone.

Call Recovery Now TV at 800-281-4731 to find out more. Break the cycle of addiction and save a life now!

Sources:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA)
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
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