Step 12: Carrying the Message to Other Alcoholics

When you attend and alcohol rehab or after you go home from rehab, you may read and learn about the 12 Steps. While you work through these steps, there are many things you can learn. There are many tools you can bring into your life as well. When you reach Step 12, you will learn that carrying the message to other alcoholics is one of the best things you can do. You are helping them, helping yourself, and staying committed…...
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Step 11: Using Prayer and Meditation

When you are in recovery from an addiction, there are many ways that you can benefit from Step 11 of AA. First, it might be helpful to have a reminder of what this step is. Step 11 of AA is, “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.” As you can see, from this step alone, prayer…...
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Step 11 and Reviewing Your Day

According to Chapter 6 of the Big Book, it states "When we retire at night, we constructively review our day. Were we resentful, selfish, dishonest or afraid? Do we owe an apology? Have we kept something to ourselves which should be discussed with another person at once? Were we kind and loving toward all? What could we have done better? Were we thinking of ourselves most of the time? Or were we thinking of what we could do for others,…...
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Hanging Onto Sobriety When You are Feeling Weak

There are some people who have cravings so strong, they don't know how they are going to stay sober. There are others who don't experience cravings, yet all of a sudden something triggers them to drink. Many people feel weak to alcohol and this causes them to drink again. If you are feeling weak for any reason, after your alcohol or drug rehab stay, it is important to hang onto your sobriety. There are some tips that can help you…...
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Handling Pain in Recovery from an Addiction

When you are in recovery from an addiction, especially from a drug addiction, there are some things you must keep in mind. One of the things you will learn about is relapse prevention. There are so many recovering addicts who relapse because they don't learn, or take seriously, the relapse prevention tips they need. The main relapse prevention tip you will learn about today is how to handle pain in recovery from an addiction. Many people who are in pain…...
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Simplicity: Add It To Everything In Your Recovery

Many people are afraid to get into recovery from their addiction. They are afraid or nervous about all the changes that will need to happen in order to live a clean and sober lifestyle. While that is true, recovery can be a lot of work, it doesn't have to be so complicated. According to the book, Narcotics Anonymous, it states, "Simplicity is the key to our symbol..." As you can see in this picture, if you don't keep things simple,…...
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Righting Your Wrongs

In Chapter 6 of the Big Book, it says that "We should be sensible, tactful, considerate and humble without being servile or scraping." What does this mean? During your recovery from an addiction, you must right your wrongs. This is part of the amends process. If you don't take part in this process, you will likely have issues with your relapse prevention. You may have more cravings if you don't right your wrongs. So, with that being said, after your…...
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Ways to Reach Out in Recovery

When you enter into recovery from an addiction, after your stay in an alcohol or drug rehabilitation program, there are many things you can do to get the support you need. Before diving into these things, there are few things you should know. The first thing you should know is that everyone needs help in their recovery. This is nothing to feel ashamed of. Asking for help is going to assist you in the recovery process. The second thing you…...
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Asking for Patience, Tolerance, Kindliness, and Love

According to Chapter 6 of the Big Book, when you are working through an alcohol or drug rehab program or you have finished, it is best to ask your "Creator to show you the way of patience, tolerance, kindliness, and love." When it comes to your recovery, you will want to have all 4 of these things with you at all times. They are very important to a successful recovery. Patience You will want patience to be a part of your…...
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The Alcoholic is Like a Tornado

According to Chapter 6 of the Big Book, it states, "The alcoholic is like a tornado..." If you have ever been around an alcoholic or if you are a recovering alcoholic or addict, you know this statement is true. While many people who are actively living an addictive lifestyle don't want to believe this is true, it is. There is more to an addiction than just the alcoholic or addict drinking or doing drugs. Lives are often destroyed because of…...
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