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  • Brain Circuitry Changes From Social Drinking

    Brain Circuitry Changes From Social Drinking

    When someone develops an addiction, they run the risk of not only seeing their personality and behavior change but also the way their brain functions. Scientists have seen a noticeable difference between an addicted brain and a non-addicted brain especially in terms of control mechanisms.

  • Is Alcohol Really Being Sold On Instagram?

    Is Alcohol Really Being Sold On Instagram?

    Unfortunately, recent advances in both alcohol sales and social media have proven to be a new way that teens may be at risk for finding and abusing dangerous alcoholic drinks.

  • How The Body Reacts To Long Term Heroin Addiction

    How The Body Reacts To Long Term Heroin Addiction

    Heroin is a very addictive drug that can be extremely challenging to withdraw from because of the fact that a person who is withdrawing from heroin addiction may experience extremely uncomfortable and unpleasant sensations.

  • Insurance Difficulties Heroin Addicts Have When Seeking Help

    Insurance Difficulties Heroin Addicts Have When Seeking Help

    Heroin addiction is one of the most difficult forms of substance abuse to quit and addicts need extensive treatment to experience a successful recovery. Unfortunately, many heroin addicts seeking help for their problem are finding it hard to get approval for their treatment from insurance companies.

  • The Sad Story Of Peaches Geldof Problems With Addiction

    The Sad Story Of Peaches Geldof Problems With Addiction

    Peaches Geldof, daughter of musician Bob Geldof and his late ex-wife Paula, was a beautiful young woman, a television presenter, a journalist, a model and a mother, who died at the age of only 25. What killed her was her addiction to heroin, the same thing that took her mothers life when Peaches was only 11 years old.

  • ‘Epipen For Addicts’ Prophylactic Naloxone Used To Counter Drug Overdoses

    ‘Epipen For Addicts’ Prophylactic Naloxone Used To Counter Drug Overdoses

    Heroin and opiate addiction is a deadly disease that continues to plague millions of Americans. Heroin is one of the most addictive and dangerous drugs and it carries with it a very high risk for death by overdose. As heroin and opiate addiction continues to become an increasingly large public health problem, many professionals in the medical and pharmaceutical industries have clamored to find ways in which the number of deaths related to heroin use may be minimized.

  • Dual-Diagnosis Was The Case For Demi Lovato

    Dual-Diagnosis Was The Case For Demi Lovato

    Demi Lovato is known by millions of Americans as a young and successful singer, actress, and television host. The twenty one year old celebrity has enjoyed quite a bit of public attention as both a recording artist and one of the hosts of the popular television show The X Factor.

  • How to Build a Strong Support Group in Recovery

    How to Build a Strong Support Group in Recovery

    Recovery is more than just abstaining from drug use or going through detox; it is a long process that can be filled with many ups and downs. There are a myriad of issues that a recovering addict must face even long after they have completed a rehab program.

  • 5 Tips To Avoid The Pitfalls Of Dating In Recovery

    5 Tips To Avoid The Pitfalls Of Dating In Recovery

    When someone gets sober, the "good feelings" that were produced from using drugs or alcohol seem like they are no longer available due to the fact that using drugs and alcohol is no longer an option.

  • Understanding The Process Of Heroin Withdrawal

    Understanding The Process Of Heroin Withdrawal

    One of the hardest parts of recovering from an addiction is going through the steps of detoxification. For a serious addiction like heroin abuse, the process can be especially painful and difficult to get through. It is crucial for anyone looking to quit their heroin addiction to find a safe and comfortable detoxification center or rehab facility that will help them through the process of withdrawal.

  • 'Take Back’ Programs For Unused Prescription Drugs Are On The Rise

    'Take Back’ Programs For Unused Prescription Drugs Are On The Rise

    The growing dangers of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. have prompted the creation of a number of programs designed to reduce the instances of abuse and addiction. These kinds of programs that are active across the country are known as "Take Back" programs which offer a way for communities to properly dispose of any unused prescription medications so that they do not end up in the wrong hands.

  • The Most Addictive Prescription Drugs Currently Available

    The Most Addictive Prescription Drugs Currently Available

    The abuse of prescription medications has become a problem in the U.S. with more than 2.4 million Americans using them non-medically on a regular basis. Although prescription drugs are provided by doctors and pharmacies to treat specific ailments, they are not always safe and in many cases can become highly addictive.

  • The Contagious Nature Of Drinking Alcohol

    The Contagious Nature Of Drinking Alcohol

    Many recovering alcoholics know that one of the biggest triggers for drinking can be the company of others who are drinking. Many alcoholics may have, for some time, been unaware of the severity of their problem because of the fact that they considered themselves "social drinkers." Many people may incorrectly assume that those who drink primarily in the company of others cannot be alcoholics. The reality is, however, that it is highly possible for alcoholism to be contagious and for a group of people who are addicted to alcohol to, in effect, enable one another.

  • Zohydro Abuse Concerns Go Nation-Wide As A Gateway To Heroin

    Zohydro Abuse Concerns Go Nation-Wide As A Gateway To Heroin

    Doctors. law enforcement agencies, and addiction treatment specialists have been disappointed with the recent approval by the FDA of a new drug call Zohydro, which many medical experts believe is the most dangerous opiate to hit the market to date. Many other experts believe that the drug, in addition to being highly addictive and dangerous in and of itself, may be a gateway to heroin use.

  • Russia's Recalcitrance to Recovery Movements

    Russia's Recalcitrance to Recovery Movements

    Alcoholism has been a significant problem in Russia for many years but citizens seem resistant to change and have not fully embraced the kind of recovery efforts that are common in the U.S. Russian leaders have made efforts to fight against the growing numbers of people suffering and even dying from alcoholism in the country but historically many of their attempts haven't worked.

  • Short And Long Term Effects Of Alcoholism On The Human Body

    Short And Long Term Effects Of Alcoholism On The Human Body

    There is no doubt that alcoholism can have devastating effects on a person's emotional life but it can also cause serious physical health problems and harm to the body. Alcohol is a drug that affects the body dramatically over a period of time.

  • Suboxone Carries A Heavy Price For Recovering Addicts

    Suboxone Carries A Heavy Price For Recovering Addicts

    Heroin and opiate addiction are two of the fastest growing health problems currently facing America. Heroin has long been viewed as one of the most dangerous and addictive drugs, and every year, the number of deaths related to opiate use and abuse sky rockets. Detoxing from opiates can be an extremely painful, uncomfortable, and even dangerous process. 

  • Scott Storch Recovers From Cocaine Addiction

    Scott Storch Recovers From Cocaine Addiction

    Famed music producer Scott Stortch has been reported to be in jail and, at times, even dead over the last several years. After publicly battling cocaine addiction and then relapsing after spending time in rehab, the producer has come out of his private life and announced that he is keeping a lower profile after struggling with a serious cocaine addiction that led him to lose virtually everything he owned, including almost all of a thirty million dollar fortune. 

  • Ray Charles’s Daughter To Sing And Speak About Addiction Recovery

    Ray Charles’s Daughter To Sing And Speak About Addiction Recovery

    Sheila Raye Charles is one of the singer’s 12 children and she too went down the path of addiction for years before finally experiencing recovery.She is traveling to a number of venues including churches and prisons across the country to speak about her experiences with addiction while singing and performing some of Ray Charles’ music as well. Sheila is now living a more successful sober life after recovering from her issues of drug abuse.

  • Powdered Alcohol (Palcohol) Is As Dangerous As It Sounds

    Powdered Alcohol (Palcohol) Is As Dangerous As It Sounds

    A new product has recently hit the market that has caused quite a stir among parents, teachers, and law enforcement agencies as well as those who work in drug treatment centers. The product, dubbed “Palcohol,” is powdered alcohol.

  • Ibogaine And Its Role In Heroin Addiction Treatment

    Ibogaine And Its Role In Heroin Addiction Treatment

    Heroin and opiate addiction is one of the most serious and rapidly growing health problems currently facing the United States. Heroin is a very dangerous drug for a number of reasons: it is highly addictive (many experts rank it as the most addictive narcotic), and it is linked to overdose more often than almost any other drug.

     

  • Mental Health And Addiction Often Coincide

    Mental Health And Addiction Often Coincide

    Addiction can already be a complex problem to resolve but addicts often suffer from issues of mental health which can compound the situation, making it harder for them to reach a full recovery. 

  • Elizabeth Vargas Writing A Memoir Of Her Struggle With Alcoholism

    Elizabeth Vargas Writing A Memoir Of Her Struggle With Alcoholism

    The co-anchor of 20/20, Elizabeth Vargas has only recently begun to open up about her issues with alcoholism after completing a stay in rehab. She is now willing to share the details of her story by writing a memoir about her alcohol problem and the process of her recovery. 

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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