How to Stop Drinking Alcohol: 5 Tips

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Are you looking for how to stop drinking alcohol tips? Great!  Because… Stopping drinking alcohol when you’re an alcoholic is the most important thing you can do to improve your quality of life. What follows are tips on how to quit drinking based on the experience, strength and hope of others that have successfully started…

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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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Ask a Family Therapist: If our family is not enabling, what are we doing?

Ask a Family Therapist with Sunil Boodhai, MSW (RSW), BEd., manager of Renascent’s Family Care Programs, therapist and counsellor. Q: I’ve been reading your column and I like many of the things you have been saying. However, I feel like your responses are a bit simplistic. It’s easy to talk about enabling as a major issue…

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The Principle of Honesty in Step 1 as the Foundation of a Healthy Recovery

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There are 12 steps, and for every step, there is a principle. The principle behind Step One is Honesty, and when we take a closer look at this step, it just makes sense: the first step asks us to take an honest look at our lives and tell the truth. For many practicing addicts and…

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Signs That Your Life Has Become Unmanageable Due To Alcoholism and Addiction

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Step One in the 12 step program of AA (which is also used, in modified form, for almost all other 12-step fellowships and programs) is actually a two-part step. The first part of Step 1 is an admission of powerlessness over the drug of choice. Though there is much debate about what constitutes ‘powerlessness’, one…

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What is Step 1 in the Twelve (12) Step Programs

In the recovery community, the term ‘12 Steps’ comes up almost constantly, in one variation or another. In most 12-step meetings, the steps themselves are outlined in banners or boards hanging on the walls, and are recited during the preamble of every meeting. Yet outside the rooms of recovery, the steps are not often investigated…

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The Twelve Steps and Principles of Alcoholics Anonymous

For many, the journey to recovery from alcohol, drugs and harmful behaviours includes learning about the Twelve Steps of recovery. Set out in the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous in 1939, the 12 steps may seem very simple. In reality, they set out a blueprint for a new way of life that is accessible to…

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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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Children in Recovery

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Of all the victims of addiction, children are the most vulnerable when addiction ravages their families. Without having done anything wrong, children of addicted or alcoholic parents are subjected to all kinds of harms, whether overt physical and emotional abuse or more subtle, but equally powerful harms like absence and neglect. Often, children from alcoholic…

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