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  • Why Resentments Damage your chance for Recovery

    Why Resentments Damage your chance for Recovery

    Resentment is a negative emotion that comes out of an experience of being wronged. Whether the perceived wrong is truly coming from being hurt by another person, or simply something you imagine, resentment can gnaw at you, making relapse more likely or the recovery process less enjoyable.

  • 5 Things you need to know about effects of Opioid Withdrawals

    5 Things you need to know about effects of Opioid Withdrawals

    Abuse of prescription opioid painkillers can be a very dangerous addictive habit. Even if you avoid a life-threatening overdose, it can greatly harm your body, and develop a sense of tolerance and dependence that will leave you unable to function without it.

  • Identifying the Difference between Alcoholism and Problem Drinking

    Identifying the Difference between Alcoholism and Problem Drinking

    People may assume that anyone who drinks heavily is an alcoholic, but there are specific symptoms that can identify someone as an alcoholic rather than simply a problem drinker. Even though it may seem like problem drinking and alcoholism are really the same, there are distinct differences between the two and it is important know whether someone is an addict or just developing an unhealthy relationship with alcohol.

  • Canada Takes Unique approach to Combat Drug Addiction

    Canada Takes Unique approach to Combat Drug Addiction

    Traditional understandings of drug use and prevention have centered around discouraging use by punishing drug users, and educating people in ways that stigmatize users so experimentation would be discouraged. However, many of these efforts have been ineffective levels of drug use down.

  • Helping Those Who are Struggling in Early Recovery

    Helping Those Who are Struggling in Early Recovery

    Whether you are a long-time recovery veteran or you are still involved in your journey to sobriety, it can be beneficial to support and help others who are getting treatment for addiction. There are many resources available for people who are struggling with quitting their drug or alcohol use but some of the most helpful and lasting assistance can come from those who have been through it themselves.

  • Alcoholic Stigma Still is Deterrent for Professionals Who Need Treatment

    Alcoholic Stigma Still is Deterrent for Professionals Who Need Treatment

    Although there is plenty of help and support for alcoholics from all walks of life, there are still many individuals who might delay or avoid treatment because they worry about the stigma of addiction. This is especially the case for people in high profile careers or professional jobs that require them to maintain a certain image or reputation.

  • Handling Surgery and Pain Management in Recovery

    Handling Surgery and Pain Management in Recovery

    For a recovering addict, any type of substance can prove addictive because they have already shown an inability to exhibit self-control. People who are recovering from all types of addiction, whether it is alcohol, opiates or illegal drugs are told by specialists to stay away from all drugs in order to experience successful sobriety.

  • Know Your Rights: Taking Medical Leave for Opiate Recovery

    Know Your Rights: Taking Medical Leave for Opiate Recovery

    Recovery from opiate addiction can be a very painful process, and involve a lot of hard work. Addiction is an all-consuming condition that makes it impossible to live a full life, and so the recovery process is also going to be an all-consuming commitment to do whatever it takes to take care of yourself, weather out the storms of withdraw, and learn how to live a more healthy life.

  • Why Alcoholics Like to Isolate

    Why Alcoholics Like to Isolate

    For someone who likes to drink occasionally, it is usually when they are around friends or a crowd of people at a party. When it comes to alcoholics, however, they often like to drink in seclusion.

  • Why Anxiety and Depression are Prevalent in Opiate Use and Abuse

    Why Anxiety and Depression are Prevalent in Opiate Use and Abuse

    According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 9 million people both have a mental health issue and abuse drugs. Anxiety and depression are thus very strongly linked with abuse of drugs, presenting people in recovery with the challenge of treating two very different, overpowering conditions that both have to be dealt with in the recovery process.

  • ‘Downtown Divas’ is a NSFW look into the Eyes of Drug Addiction World Wide

    ‘Downtown Divas’ is a NSFW look into the Eyes of Drug Addiction World Wide

    In Downtown Divas, two artists, Loral Amir and Gigi Ben Artzi have strived to dispel this illusion of a seemingly glitzy life as a heroin addict. The artists have taken a series of striking and disturbing photos of heroin addicts who are also Russian prostitutes in very expensive designer clothes, and the results are thought provoking and gut wrenching.

  • 5 Tips on How to Stay Sober During the Holidays

    5 Tips on How to Stay Sober During the Holidays

    Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years can be challenging time when you are a recovering alcoholic. The holidays themselves and the many parties and get-togethers in between are sure to be filled with plenty of tempting kinds of wine, champagne and cocktails.

  • Use Contrary Action to Participate in Your Recovery

    Use Contrary Action to Participate in Your Recovery

    A concept that is used often in recovery circles is the idea of "contrary action" in fighting addictive impulses. Addicts can have overwhelming urges and thoughts that are self-destructive and lead down the path of dependency.

  • Positives and Negatives of Clonidine’s Use for Withdrawal Relief

    Positives and Negatives of Clonidine’s Use for Withdrawal Relief

    The high from drug use can often seem attractive in the moment, but can also cause less pleasant effects as you come down. Especially if they are used habitually over a long period of time, trying to stop substance abuse can often be a very painful process, as your body tried to adapt to going without something it had become dependent upon.

  • The Physical Consequences of DXM

    The Physical Consequences of DXM

    DXM is a drug that has grown in popularity among young people for a number of reasons. The chief reason for it popularity may be that it is found in a substance that many parents may be keeping in their home: cough syrup. Indeed, DXM is a psychoactive and highly dangerous drug that is contained in many formulas of common cough syrup.

  • 5 Ways Admitting You Have a Problem Can Change Your Life

    5 Ways Admitting You Have a Problem Can Change Your Life

    Recovering from an addiction is a long journey and the first step is admitting to yourself and others that you have a problem. Even this first step can be one of the hardest to accomplish because it means you are finally breaking through the deception and denial that could have gone on for years.

  • 5 Ways You May Be Self-Medicating

    5 Ways You May Be Self-Medicating

    When people suffer from anxiety or depression and are not getting proper treatment from psychotherapy or medication they often develop their own ways of dealing with the symptoms. Because treatment can be costly and time-consuming, those suffering from depression may take matters into their own hands without understanding the consequences of delaying professional help.

  • Elton John Helps Lady Gaga Kick Drug Addiction

    Elton John Helps Lady Gaga Kick Drug Addiction

    The singer has been open about her drug use during past interviews, saying that smoking pot is her way of dealing with stress, pain, and emotions. In 2013, Lady Gaga suffered from a hip injury that required surgery and left her wheelchair bound to recover.

  • Kendra Wilkinson Battled Drug Addiction Before Achieving Fame

    Kendra Wilkinson Battled Drug Addiction Before Achieving Fame

    The reality tv star and former Hugh Hefner girlfriend is known for being quite candid about the details of her life. In her 2011 memoir Sliding Home, Wilkinson opened up about life at the Playboy mansion, as well as her struggles with drugs and sex as a teenager in Southern California.

  • Claudia Gadelha Credits Sports To Helping Her Beat Drug Addiction

    Claudia Gadelha Credits Sports To Helping Her Beat Drug Addiction

    MMA fighter Claudia Gadelha is on the brink of winning the title if she can defeat Joanna Jedrzejczyk on December 13. Gadelha has her work cut out for her going up against the undefeated Jedrzejczyk. Winning the title is something of a dream for Gadelha, who 10 years ago led a very different life.

  • 5 Signs You Might Have Hit Your Bottom

    5 Signs You Might Have Hit Your Bottom

    For many people, it can be difficult to tell the difference between acceptable or heavy use and addiction. Here are a few indicators that can help you determine whether you have, in fact, hit your own rock bottom.

  • U2 Makes Mistake by Sending Slash a Case of Guinness

    U2 Makes Mistake by Sending Slash a Case of Guinness

    The Irish natives of U2 sent a welcoming gift to Slash upon his arrival in Dublin that unfortunately missed the mark. Slash, the renowned guitarist for Guns and Roses, has been sober for eight years and yet received a case of Guinness as a "Welcome to Dublin" package from Bono and his bandmates.

  • Brooke Shields Talks about her Mother’s Alcoholism

    Brooke Shields Talks about her Mother’s Alcoholism

    Former model and actress Brooke Shields is releasing an upcoming memoir called "There was a Little Girl" which will detail her rise to fame as well as her troubled childhood before she was launched into stardom in the 70s and 80s. Shields opens up in the book about a painful past dominated by her alcoholic mother, Teri Shields who recently passed away at the age of 79.

  • James Kottak returns to Scorpions line-up after Rehab Stint

    James Kottak returns to Scorpions line-up after Rehab Stint

    After battling some controversy with the band and finally coming to terms with his alcoholism, drummer James Kottak will finally rejoin the Scorpions for their upcoming album and next year's tour. This summer Kottak made the announcement that he would be working with Bob Forrest, an addiction specialist known for working with musicians and "Celebrity Rehab".

  • California Taking Steps To Change Drug Incarceration Laws

    California Taking Steps To Change Drug Incarceration Laws

    After recently passing proposition 47 in the November elections, California voters took a significant step toward ending mass incarceration and the war on drugs. The state already made steps toward changing drug law in 2012 when it reformed the 'three strikes law'.

  • Methadone Turns 50

    Methadone Turns 50

    Although the drug methadone was first developed during World War II in Germany, it wasn't until the mid-sixties that it began to be used as a treatment for heroin addiction. In the 40s and 50s the drug was not broadly used at first because of reported side effects such as nausea and possible overdose.

  • Florida Judge Seeks Pay While In Alcohol Treatment Program

    Florida Judge Seeks Pay While In Alcohol Treatment Program

    A judge for Broward County that was recently suspended by the Supreme Court because of her alcohol problem and is currently undergoing treatment has been looking for continued pay. Judge Gisele Pollack was accused of being intoxicated twice in court and driving under the influence around local streets in the area.

  • Alcoholic Genetics And The Role They Play In Getting Sober

    Alcoholic Genetics And The Role They Play In Getting Sober

    Genetics plays a large part in determining whether a person is susceptible to addiction. Experts have determined that genetics are responsible for about half of addictive behavior and that environmental factors are responsible for the other half.

  • Bunavail Is Approved By FDA To Treat Opioid Addiction

    Bunavail Is Approved By FDA To Treat Opioid Addiction

    Vicodin, morphine, OxyContin, methadone, heroin, and codeine are commonly abused opioid drugs. There are more than two million people with opioid dependence who require some type of treatment to overcome their addiction.

  • Treatment Options for those Struggling with Alcoholism

    Treatment Options for those Struggling with Alcoholism

    Alcoholism is a serious disease affecting 6.8 percent of Americans. Alcohol addiction occurs when the body becomes chemically dependent upon the substance, and a person may also have an emotional dependence as well.

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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