Emotional Growth through 12 Step Recovery

Many of us fell so deeply into the cycle of addiction that we never had the opportunity to face the world successfully. We retreated into the illusion of comfort provided by drugs and alcohol and, as a result, remained in a state of arrested emotional development. Upon achieving sobriety, however, we found that we had…

How Do I Know if I Need Treatment?

The decision to go to treatment can easily be the best decision a person ever makes. Many men and women who have successfully recovered from addiction and alcoholism can remember a time when they were on the fence about whether or not they needed treatment. Many of us felt that we could overcome our addictions…

What is Medically Assisted Detox?

The first step toward sobriety is often detoxifying the body of any traces of drugs or alcohol to break one’s physical dependence. Some drugs, like alcohol and opioids, create such strong physical dependence that it is necessary for one to receive medical support throughout the process to treat the severity of withdrawal symptoms. Alcohol and…

Incorporating Religion into 12 Step Recovery

It is sometimes easier to approach 12 Step recovery programs without any specific religious ideas because it allows one to be more open to the idea of a personal conception of a higher power. However, many people already have deeply held beliefs about God as a result of their religious beliefs. Fortunately, 12 Step Recovery…

What Do Opiates do to the Brain?

Opioids are a highly addictive class of drugs that cause major damage to the brain. Their high potential for abuse comes from their pain relieving and euphorigenic properties. However, tolerance quickly develops when one is abusing opioids, and more and more of the drug must be taken to achieve the same effects. Eventually, a user…

Forming a Sane and Sound Sex Ideal

As a part of 12 Step recovery, we go through a process of facing the facts about our past conduct, no matter how ugly it may have been. Many of us caused harm in our past sex relations, and we must come to a point of recognizing how we hurt other people. We come to…

How is Addiction Diagnosed Medically?

Addiction is recognized in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5) as Substance Use Disorders. These disorders vary based on the specific substance one is using, as well as the severity of the problem. The current edition of the DSM no longer uses the terms “substance abuse” and “substance dependence.” Rather,…

Mourning the Death of Addiction

Our past reliance on drugs was akin to a relationship. Drugs became our closest friends—we relied on them for a fleeting moment of relief from our inner turmoil, and overtime the relationship grew into complete dependence. Saying goodbye to something that we grew to depend on so strongly can be difficult, and we often go…

How Do I Choose a Recovery Fellowship?

Alcoholics Anonymous, the first 12 Step recovery fellowship, began after a meeting between Bill Wilson and Dr. Bob Smith in 1935. The basic text of Alcoholics Anonymous, known as the Big Book was first published in 1939 and explains the process of the 12 Steps. Since then, many other recovery fellowships have developed using Alcoholics…

Accepting the Disease of Addiction

The first step toward recovering from addictions is admitting that there is a problem. For many of us, it took a long time to come to the conclusion that we were, in fact, suffering from a disease out of our control. We had lost the power of choice, and willpower was not sufficient in stopping…