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April 29, 2017

Step work is an important part of the recovery process. Even if you do not fully accept the 12 step group idea the premise behind it is very valid and can be used in every area of your life. It is a step by step instruction guide of reacquainting with yourself and evaluating things in your current life.  I hear many times of people gliding right through the first three steps when in reality these are the most important steps as these are foundational steps for the rest of the entire process. Most people see this as easy and of course why not? Understanding your behavior has made life unmanageable should be easy to understand. However, when you start to look closer at the next two steps it is movement towards the letting go of control and the inability to control the world around you along with determining what areas you do.

All human beings have a desire to control the world around them as it makes them feel safer in some way. When we don’t have some form of control we feel out of sorts...

April 22, 2017

What Are the 12 Steps Anyway?

Now that you have determined your first line of defense in this recovery process and made the decision to check out 12 step groups obviously the next step is learning about these “12 steps”. You hear it all the time, “Wow step 4 is some serious business! Don’t be 13th stepping now.” For a newcomer it’s definitely foreign language. Not only is it a foreign language but a feeling of being an outcast in some ways because it is like everyone knows this secret and you have no idea what they are sharing with each other. However, do not despair everyone started somewhere.

So what are the 12 steps anyway that everyone talks so much about? Well let’s take a look! 

  1. We admitted we were powerless over alcohol/addictive behaviors/substances—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/Higher Power as we understood...

April 15, 2017

How Do You Pick Out a Support Group?

When picking out a support group there are many things to consider. Whether you decide to attend a conventional 12 step support group, spiritual group, or a religious based group is up to you. There are online blogs or online closed support groups you can attend on a weekly basis. Groups are now available 24/7 and is made available to anyone who is in need. The cost is usually free unless otherwise specified. 12 step groups is always based on what you can afford and you usually throw the “money” in the basket when they pass it around the room. There are speaker groups in which only one person speaks so for many people who are just beginning to attend this is a great intro meeting. Remember you have the right to “pass” if called upon to speak. Do not be afraid to say it if you are not ready to share your story. A observer in the beginning may be the best place for you in the early stages as you can hear others hopes, fears, and journeys as they ventur...

April 8, 2017

What are support groups anyway? Why do I need it? If I am trying to get better why do I need to tell the whole world my problems? These are just some of the many questions I hear on a daily basis from people when they walk in the door. Well the simple answer is this. Your best thinking got you in the chair you are sitting in so obviously you cannot do this on your own. However, how will you go about starting this process is important as this is truly a major process.

Many people decide to get into recovery for a multitude of reasons. Some purely because of mandatory reasons while others due to personal decisions. Whatever the case may be it is time to look as to why choices were made in using certain behaviors as an escape from reality. These behaviors over time becomes reinforced as solidified behavior patterns which helps us to cope with life stressors. Does it make it right?

It does deem it as being as nothing more than life’s journey. Everyone in life has a journey and understanding...

April 1, 2017

A Gambler's Story

I love the sound of the money being dropped into my bank as I see the coins falling onto the screen. Each time the coin falls is another jolt of excitement into my stomach. Why can’t life be like this always? Why can’t I feel this euphoria all the time, 24/7? I am not hurting anyone. Sitting on my little slot machine gazing upon her vast beauty. No one really understands except maybe another fellow gambler who can embrace the significance of the experience.

When deciding to put another $1 into the machine it’s like no other decision. The reason for this statement is because there is really no thought process behind it. When you are on a roll it just is. You do what it takes to continue this process; nothing more. If it means taking your last chunk of change to do so then that’s what you do. You don’t think about the rent that is due or the food you don’t have because it doesn’t matter. What you do think is the possibility of winning. The chance of being lucky today, the...

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