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Is AA Literature Too Old-Fashioned?

Alcoholics Anonymous is the largest self-help recovery group on the planet, and has been since it founded the group-therapy niche. However, despite a long and illustrious history of helping people to move past alcohol addiction and alcoholism, AA and its 12-step method has recently fallen under criticism, largely that program focuses on a higher power [...]

By |2018-04-06T13:41:17+00:00April 6th, 2018|Blog|Comments Off on Is AA Literature Too Old-Fashioned?

8 Reasons Men Keep Their Depression Secret

I was raised with very clear ideas on how to be a man, and giving in to my emotions was definitely not one of them. It started with "big boys don't cry". Once I mastered holding back the tears, I was taught to hit first and ask questions later. Most of my friends came up [...]

By |2018-03-26T09:17:15+00:00March 26th, 2018|Blog|Comments Off on 8 Reasons Men Keep Their Depression Secret

You Don’t Need to Be Spiritual to Recover from Addiction – Even in AA

"There is no sin in being poor, but it's damn unhandy." This is something my grandmother used to say, and it reminds me of my recovery journey. I was raised as a Lutheran, however, by the time I was in my late thirties, I had been a member of three different congregations, and they all [...]

By |2018-01-31T17:01:11+00:00January 31st, 2018|Blog|Comments Off on You Don’t Need to Be Spiritual to Recover from Addiction – Even in AA

7 Ways I Stay Sober Without AA

Six years ago, I got sober through an intervention that landed me in a 30-day outpatient treatment program that focused heavily on the principles of 12-step programs. After I finished my initial treatment, I found myself attending at least three AA meetings a week for the first year or so. Over time, and as I [...]

By |2018-02-01T16:38:05+00:00January 10th, 2018|Blog|Comments Off on 7 Ways I Stay Sober Without AA

Battling Anxiety and Self Esteem Issues After Recovering from Addiction

2 years ago, I was a practicing addict. I think my drinking problem started in college, but I didn't notice it at first. I would go out with friends, and the feeling of being drunk would just kind of sneak up on me. Later, it occurred to me that I was the only one drinking [...]

By |2018-02-01T16:37:52+00:00December 28th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Battling Anxiety and Self Esteem Issues After Recovering from Addiction

Seven Reasons Why People Keep Relapsing

I thought I was different. I thought, "Yes, I was an addict, but it was only due to prescription painkillers my doctor gave me. I'm not getting that prescription anymore, so problem solved." I couldn't have been more wrong. What I didn't know is that it doesn't matter what your drug of choice is, relapse [...]

By |2018-02-01T16:38:24+00:00December 12th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Seven Reasons Why People Keep Relapsing