I have found the Serenity Prayer, as interpreted below, to be of immense help in my continuing search to live a life of positivity and emotional balance. The Serenity Prayer, of course, reads: God, grant me the serenity to: Accept the things I cannot change, Courage to change the things I can, and The wisdom … Continue reading Courage to Change the Things We Can: Attitude and Reactions
Often heard in Twelve Step meetings are a number of comments about how thinking can adversely impact recovery from drug or alcohol addiction, such as: "My best thinking got me here." Beware of "stinking thinking." Like most sayings in Twelve Step recovery, these quotes need some interpretation. I'll just say a few words about each … Continue reading Thinking vs Behavior in Recovery
This is my 40th Christmas in recovery, and I have a great deal to be grateful for. However, I can't help but think back to my first Christmas sober. I was in a halfway house in York Pennsylvania, in a lot of emotional pain from many losses from my alcoholism, with very little hope for … Continue reading Merry Christmas 2017
The term humility is frequently discussed in 12 Step meetings (e.g., Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous), often those involving Step 7, "Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings" ; humility is, in my view, broader than this, and is essential to the individual's ability to embrace the goal of the 12 Step Programs, namely, to find … Continue reading Humility in 12 Step Recovery
Although there is in the 21st Century much research defining alcoholism (addiction) in terms that can be useful, in my view, researchers often ignore the spiritual aspect of addiction and recovery. In addition to the mental-emotional and physical-medical-neurological-aspects of addiction, the spiritual effects of the disease of addiction must be addressed. Alcoholism is a "spiritual … Continue reading Do Individuals with Alcoholism (Addiction) Have a Spiritual Deficit Disorder?
What is the goal of the 12 Step Program known as Alcoholics Anonymous? The answer that may immediately come to mind is abstinence from use of alcohol. But, abstinence alone is not enough. Most individuals with the disease of alcoholism have been able to achieve periods of abstinence; only to relapse into alcohol use despite … Continue reading What Is the Goal of Alcoholics Anonymous?
For years, I worked in the addictions treatment field and taught graduate courses in addiction at a local university. I also was, and still am, a strong, impassioned proponent of ongoing involvement in 12 Step Programs (e.g., Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous) as an integral part of the traditional modalities of addiction treatment such as cognitive … Continue reading Scientific Research Shows Effectiveness of 12 Step Based Treatment