RECOVERY 101: What are the Twelve Traditions?

what are the Twelve Traditions

The readings at various 12 Step recovery meetings are plentiful, regardless of the fellowship — but newcomers often listen to one of the longest and find themselves asking, “What are the Twelve Traditions?” Various Alcoholics Anonymous groups read both the Preamble and the Promises. Narcotics Anonymous meetings usually include readings such as “Who Is an…

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National Recovery Month highlights a way out of addiction’s grip

National Recovery Month

September is National Recovery Month, and given the dire headlines surrounding addiction and alcoholism that are often buried beneath more urgent news items, it’s more important than ever to recognize it. National Recovery Month, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), “is a national observance held every September to promote and…

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The aviation industry comes together: Helping employees find recovery

HIMS Program

The hardest phone call Brad Sayles ever had to make was the one that changed his life. The East Tennessee native and UPS pilot, who also serves as the company’s chairman of the HIMS Program (Human Intervention and Motivation Study), couldn’t even bring himself to utter the word “alcoholic,” as least in regard to the…

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Refreshment or relapse: Can alcoholics drink nonalcoholic beer?

can alcoholics drink nonalcoholic beer

Can alcoholics drink nonalcoholic beer? It’s a fair question, especially in the heat of summer, when a sweaty job of mowing the grass is often followed by the thought, “a cold beer would be nice right now.” And despite the trappings of alcoholic consumption — namely, to drink as much as possible, as quickly as…

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Warning signs of severe alcoholism: Is my liver failing?

is my liver failing

It’s often a brutal moment of reckoning toward the end of a particularly severe drinking problem, that glance into the mirror … the shock of what stares back … and the unspoken query that blares like the incoming missile klaxon on a naval warship: “Is my liver failing?” It may be, and that’s a life-threatening…

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Is being sober boring? A look at life after addiction and alcoholism

is being sober boring

No matter how much pain addiction and alcoholism bring to those who suffer, one of the biggest impediments to going to treatment comes down to a single question: “Is being sober boring?” It’s understandable, because even after a drinking problem gets out of control … long after casual drug use turns into a daily exercise…

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Five reasons why a sober Memorial Day is more fun

sober Memorial Day

One of the biggest reasons those new to recovery dread observing a sober Memorial Day — or any big holiday, actually — is the misconception that sobriety is boring. It’s not true, but it sure seems that way sometimes. For many of us, however, the idea of a sober Memorial Day means being left out…

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What happens after alcohol rehab? Setting you up for sober success

what happens after alcohol rehab

You’ve made the decision to get help for a drinking problem, you’ve scheduled your admission appointment to a treatment facility and you’re already beginning to wonder: What happens after alcohol rehab? Ideally, of course, the goal is to stay sober — but just as treatment involves more than simply putting down the booze, staying sober…

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May the Fourth Be With You! Examining ‘Star Wars’ and addiction recovery

Star Wars and addiction recovery

Star Wars and addiction recovery may seem like random, completely unrelated topics, at least on the surface. After all, the former is a massively popular film franchise that’s become part of the pop culture zeitgeist over the last 50 years, spawning endless sequels, television series, animated shows, toys, games and conventions. May 4 is actually…

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