“Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.” The 4th step can be a major obstacle in a program of recovery. You may have heard AA or NA members talk about doing the 1-2-3 shuffle. That’s a reference to cycling through the first three steps several...
Alcohol and illicit drugs are all psychoactive drugs. Psychoactive drugs are drugs that affect the Central Nervous System, altering its regular activity. They cause changes in a person’s mood, behavior, and awareness. Psychoactive drugs are usually broken down into four categories: depressants, stimulants, opioids, and hallucinogens. They also include antidepressants, anxiety-relieving medicines, and other psychiatric medications.
It’s normal to think of addiction as a personal illness; one that does damage to the user and their immediate family. Addiction affects much more than this as it puts a huge strain on several aspects of society; from healthcare to employment to prisons and jails. Drug abuse is one of the connecting fibers that join Americans, and one we can’t hide from.
More than 75% of Americans want to be in better shape. This isn’t surprising, but what is surprising is that many people continue to erase many of their gym gains by drinking alcohol. Consuming alcohol damages the human body’s ability to recover and build muscle after cardio and muscle-building exercise.
Although addiction is a problem all around the world, America seems to have it the worst in many ways. There is a complex web of societal and economic reasons but experts cite several reasons that have to do with the opioid situation in this country.
To me, AA and NA literature is a set of manuals for spiritual living. The answers to most of my questions about how to handle life situations are in there. The Big Book, Basic Text, It Works: How and Why, the 12 & 12; I consider all of these books required reading.
In 2001, Portugal became the first country in the world to decriminalize the use and possession of personal amounts of all illegal drugs. Decriminalization is different than legalization. The drugs are still illegal but getting caught with a small amount for personal...
At the most basic level, Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) is a large network of small groups who use the 12 steps as a guide to overcome alcoholism and live sober, happy lives. There seems to be a lot of mystery around what Alcoholics Anonymous is, what it isn’t, and how AA works.
For someone who has battled addiction, talking to a family member or loved one about the addiction can be difficult and emotionally draining. This article will provide some points to keep in mind when explaining addiction to someone to a non-addict.
Getting a sponsor in AA is nearly synonymous with the 12-steps. What’s interesting, though, is that the 12 steps nor the Big Book mention sponsorship explicitly, even though both provide detailed instructions on nearly every other aspect of recovery. To help you out, here are five tips to help you find a sponsor in AA.