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What does Alcoholics Anonymous mean by “Physical Allergy”?

For many years, alcohol use disorder, or alcoholism, has been known as a threefold disease that affects the mind, body, and spirit. Within the disease, three parts are referred to as the spiritual malady, the physical allergy, and the mental obsession. These components, in conjunction, make up the disease of alcohol addiction, as defined by…

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Is Alcoholics Anonymous Right for You?

There are many people who suffer from substance abuse issues, and one of the most common substance abuse issues is alcohol addiction. It is important to make sure that this serious condition is treated in a comprehensive manner. There are many people who begin the treatment process by going to an inpatient center, where they…

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Benefits of AA

Recovering from an addiction is a journey that you cannot undertake on your own. You will need the services of professionals to help you with the recovery process. Recovery does not stop at the alcohol treatment facility. The post-treatment phase, where you rejoin the general population, is still part of the process. That’s why it…

Oceanfront Recovery Now Accredited By The Joint Commission

Oceanfront Recovery proudly announces that it has received The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Behavioral Health Care Accreditation. A symbol of quality and compliance, this tremendous honor demonstrates that the Oceanfront Recovery program upholds the highest standards in providing safe and effective care. We are honored and humbled to join the ranks of…

The Dangers of Complacency

In our journey toward sobriety, we may find ourselves at a point where we feel as though we are just “going through the motions” of our program. We find ourselves losing the feeling of excitement we had when we first entered into our recovery program.  Boredom was often a reason for our past use, and…

What is a “Spiritual Awakening”?

12-Step recovery programs often refer to the necessity of a spiritual awakening or experience to maintain long-term sobriety. Carl Jung, as quoted in the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous, described the nature and importance of a spiritual awakening, explaining that “once in a while, alcoholics have had what are called vital spiritual experiences. To me…

Is Alcoholics Anonymous a Religious Group?

There is no skirting around the issue that words like “God” and “Higher Power” are commonplace in Alcoholics Anonymous meetings. It’s easy for a newcomer to assume that A.A. is composed of religious men and women, and that a belief in a religious deity is a core component of the program. This, however, is a…

12-Step Opportunities in Daily Life

The 12th Step of Alcoholics Anonymous states: “Having had a spiritual awakening as a result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs”. We are encouraged to carry these spiritual principles with us through our daily lives. The core principles of the program…

Can I Go to Alcoholics Anonymous if I Had a Problem with Drugs?

Many men and women who choose to enter into a life of sobriety believe that Alcoholics Anonymous is a program solely for those who have problems with alcohol. At face-value, this makes sense, and some people in the recovery community firmly believe that Alcoholics Anonymous is for treating the disease of alcoholism, which Narcotics Anonymous…