The Step Three Spiritual Principles

Congratulations on being on Step Three! This is a wonderful step that marks the end of thinking and the beginning of serious action. Many say that this step is where they truly found peace and freedom from the obsession of addiction, as they turned the key of willingness in the lock of self-will. That is…

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Drug and Alcohol Treatment Centre Tips: Restoring Sanity in 12-Step Programs from the Insanity of Alcoholism and Drug Addiction

Many of us coming into recovery through a drug and alcohol treatment centre can relate to the bouts of ‘insanity’ we experienced while drinking and drugging, the lengths we went to obtain more of our drug of choice, the crazy things we barely remember doing. A more painful type of insanity stems from some the…

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Step 2 in Twelve Step Programs: Finding Hope at a Drug & Alcohol Rehab Centre

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In the Twelve Steps, Step 2 reads “Came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.” The wording of the step is truly important to the individual struggling with addiction, particularly if he or she is feeling broken at the prospect of getting well. By the time we have entered…

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Admitting and Accepting Powerlessness to Addiction and Alcoholism

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“Who cares to admit complete defeat? Practically no one, of course. Every natural instinct cries out against the idea of personal powerlessness. It is truly awful to admit that, glass in hand, we have warped our minds into such an obses­sion for destructive drinking that only an act of Providence can remove it from us.” – Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions Even…

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Discipline and Direction from our Higher Power and Higher Self in Recovery

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The eleventh step in the 12-step recovery process is about making conscious contact with a Higher Power and receiving knowledge, strength, guidance and direction from that power. For someone who is barely more than agnostic – or doesn’t really care to develop their spiritual side – this may seem like a very lofty goal, or…

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Am I an Alcoholic or Drug Addict? 

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If, like most of us did, you spent years avoiding, denying or otherwise evading the question, consider this: People who don’t have a problem with drugs, alcohol or any kind of mind- or mood-altering substances, typically never ask themselves, “Am I an alcoholic or drug addict?”. It’s not even on their radar. Similar to the…

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Self-Love in Alcohol and Addiction Treatment, Recovery and Beyond

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“Self-care is never a selfish act—it is simply good stewardship of the only gift I have, the gift I was put on earth to offer to others.” – Parker Palmer How do I find self-love in alcohol and drug addiction treatment, rehab, recovery and beyond? Is this something you’ve, more or less, asked yourself before?…

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