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Summer Activities for Those Working on Sobriety

  Summer recovery can be difficult. A lot of summer activities include alcohol, and when you’re struggling to keep sober, it’s not the best idea to be around such activities. Here’s a list of activities you can engage in this summer – drug and alcohol free. Get Outdoors Getting outdoors is a great way for…
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Do Drug and Alcohol Abuse Go Up in the Summer?

  Summertime is a time for being outside, heading to barbeques, and heading to bodies of water. Is there a correlation between summer activities and an increase in the rate of alcohol and drug abuse?  It seems that there is a correlation. A lot of summer socializing revolves around alcohol, but boredom during summer days…
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The Importance of Self-Care for Family Members of Those in Recovery

  Having a family member in recovery can take its toll on an individual as well as the entire family. It is important to engage in self-care while supporting the family member battling addiction or alcoholism. Playing caretaker to another person can be overwhelming, and it’s important to realize that we can’t do the work…
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Families in Recovery

Those working on the journey to sobriety are not just lone wolves. Most individuals trying to get clean or sober are members of family networks. When someone in a family has a problem with addiction, it affects the whole family dynamic. That’s why it’s so important for family members of individuals working on the recovery…
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Step 12: Carrying the Message to Others

We are now at the end of our journey through the 12 Steps, but not at the end of our journey to recovery. For working the 12 Steps means that we must be continually aware of the principles we have discovered, and we must bring those principles to others in need of hearing the 12-Step…
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Step 11: Committing to a Spiritual Purpose

We’ve come a long way in our journey through the 12 Steps, but we still have a little way to go. As we continue to make a personal inventory and correct our wrongs when they happen, it’s also important that we begin to look forward. The traditional framing of Step Eleven is: “Sought through prayer…
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Step 10: Continuing to Take Personal Inventory

Our work is not done yet. In order to continue our path to recovery, we must first be vigilant to continue the hard work we've already done. The traditional Twelve Steps describes Step 10 as: "Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it." The Alternative Twelve Steps defines the Tenth…
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Step 9: Making Amends

  Once we’ve created our list of those needing our apologies, it's time to go out and apologize to them and mend the broken relationships as best as we can. The traditional wording of Step Nine is: "Made direct amends to such people whenever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others."…
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Step 8: Creating an Amends List

  Step Eight of the Twelve Steps involves making a list of all those who were harmed by our addictions. The traditional wording of Step Eight is: “Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.” The Alternative 12 Steps describes Step Eight as being where…
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Step 7: Embracing Humility

Step Seven in the Twelve Steps asks us to embrace humility and remove our shortcomings. In the traditional wording, Step Seven reads: “Humbly asked God to remove our shortcomings.” In the Alternative Twelve Steps: A Secular Guide to Recovery, step seven reads: “Work honestly, humbly, and courageously to develop our assets and release our personal…
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