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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Addiction Recovery Program: Coming to Believe in a Power Greater than Ourselves

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Coming to believe is a process that can take time, no matter what the subject. For example, we may come to believe that a friendship we once cherished has turned toxic. We may come to believe that baking soda works just as well on tough stains as harsh chemical cleaners. Or we can come to…

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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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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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A Step 12 Guide: Spiritual Awakenings in Addiction Recovery

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Even after so many decades, some mystery remains as to why the 12 steps present such a useful plan for addiction recovery. After all, only one step (the first) even discusses mind-altering substances; the rest seem completely unrelated to addiction, and while many of the steps involve common-sense spiritual principles familiar to many cultures and…

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A Quick Guide to Step 11, Prayer, Meditation and Recovery

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In the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous, where the 12-step program is outlined, Step 11 reads: Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for the knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out. If those words seem like a…

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The Power of Remembering When in Recovery

On November 11th, many people around the world will be celebrating Remembrance Day – a day devoted to honouring the veterans who sacrificed so much in the world’s many wars. Sadly, though we do take a moment of silence to remember them, much of the world still remains embroiled in conflict of one sort or…

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3 Tips for Staying Connected in Addiction and Alcoholism Treatment and Recovery

New research suggests that addiction has its roots in an inability to connect with others. This new evidence shows that the opposite of addiction isn’t sobriety, but human connection. If that seems just too simple — or perhaps too vague — consider that one way or another, we have known this about addiction in all…

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Aboriginal Recovery – Helping Those in Need the Most

Substance abuse and interrelated mental health issues have had, and continue to have, a strong negative impact on Aboriginal and First Nations communities throughout Canada. Whether on the reservation or on the streets of Toronto, First Nations men and women who could be vital to their families and communities are struggling with drugs and alcohol.…

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