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The Dangers of Mommy Wine Culture

“It’s Mommy’s turn to wine!” You’ve probably seen the memes on Facebook or the clichéd quotes on novelty glasses and sparkly t-shirts. Mommy wine culture is everywhere. Wine moms are fun, cool, and young at heart. They’re the antithesis of the supermom stereotype, demonstrating that it’s normal for parents not to be perfect. The message … Read More

The Serenity Prayer: A Valuable Coping Device

Many people struggle with the idea of acceptance, but those of us afflicted with addictions seem to be fighting more of an uphill battle in this area.  It may seem paradoxical, but although recovery is all about making positive changes, we can only incur those changes once we accept our present circumstances. The concept of … Read More

“Can I Tell You A Sobering Story?”

This story is about one of my proudest sober accomplishments. Honestly, sometimes I think I’m more proud of this than graduating from college.  It all began when three friends of mine decided to plan a trip to the Tetons.  Knowing that I was a certified mountain guide, they figured that if they convinced me to … Read More

How Acceptance Solidified My Success in Sobriety

Some days, I look in the mirror and ask myself, “Who is this person?” I’m over here doing things I never imagined were possible: accepting things I never thought I would and changing things I never thought I could. I certainly wasn’t able to do either when I was out there drinking and using. In … Read More

“Cali Sober” – A Potentially Harmful Term?

If you have ever visited (or heard of) California, then the recently trending term “Cali Sober” probably sounds like an oxy-moron.  After all, with its landscape full of vineyards and being the first state to legalize medical Cannabis, California is not exactly a symbol of abstinence. Indeed, if you go so far as to listen … Read More

How to Talk to Your Son About His Drinking Problem

Teenagers shouldn’t be drinking alcohol, plain and simple. Unfortunately, the truth is that many teens will experiment with alcohol during their high school years. Some will pass the point of simple experimentation and may develop full-on alcoholism. If the latter sounds like your son, talk to him about it as soon as possible. Studies show … Read More

4 Signs My Son is an Alcoholic

For many teens, high school is a time of experimentation. Sometimes this experimentation is harmless, like a new haircut or a change in style. Other times, these experiments can have a darker impact. The 2019 Youth Risk Behavior survey found that 29% of high school students reported drinking in the last 30 days, with 14% … Read More

4 Signs My Son is Using Drugs

The teenage years can be awkward and difficult for many kids. Too often, a good kid may fall in with the wrong crowd at school and begin experimenting with substances like drugs or alcohol. In a 2015 survey, almost 36% of teenagers reported having tried marijuana and nearly 13% reported abusing prescription drugs. If you … Read More

It Is Well

What is Step 12 in AA?

When we showed up at our first AA meeting, the idea of ever reaching step 12 in AA may have seemed like a far-off fantasy. For some, it may have seemed impossible. But here you are, ready to embark on your final step. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we … Read More

What is Step 11 in AA?

What is Step 11 in AA?

Back in step 10, we turned our focus from our past to our present. Now, as we begin to understand and work step 11 of AA, we’ll start to think about the future, particularly in regards to our spiritual path. Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood … Read More

What Is Step 10 in AA?

What is Step 10 in AA?

By this point in your recovery journey, you’ve done a lot of hard work in clearing out negativity from the past. You’ve admitted your life became unmanageable, turned control over to your higher power, understood and asked God to remove your defects of character, and made amends with those you’ve harmed. In step 10 of … Read More

What is Step 9 in AA?

What is Step 9 in AA?

Congratulations: you’ve finished step eight and by now, you should have a list of names of people that you want to make amends to. Logically, step nine in AA is to move forward and actually make these amends. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do would injure them or others. … Read More

What is Step 8 in AA?

What is Step 8 in AA?

Reaching step eight of AA means that you’ve spent a great deal of time working on yourself, reflecting inwardly on your character flaws, admitting them out loud, and finally turned control over to your higher power to remove them. In step eight of AA, we begin to turn our focus outward. In steps eight and … Read More

What is Step 7 in AA?

What is Step 7 in AA?

Steps four through six in AA have been working up to this point. In step four and five we explored and came to terms with our shortcomings. In step six, we mentally prepared for having our higher power remove our character defects. Now, we’ve reached step seven in AA, where it’s time to actually ask … Read More

What is Step 6 in AA?

What is Step 6 in AA?

Step six in AA is incredibly freeing. In the last two steps, you made a searching and fearless moral inventory of yourself and admitted the exact nature of your wrongs to yourself, your higher power, and another person. Now that we’re so familiar with these faults, it’s time to let them go while we work … Read More

What is Step 5 in AA?

What is Step 5 in AA?

The infamously scary step number four is finally behind you. Step five in AA is next, and it builds on the exercise we completed in the last step. Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs. The 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous build on each other and … Read More

What is Step 4 in AA?

What is Step 4 in AA?

By this point, you’ve already admitted and accepted that your life as an addict has become unmanageable, began a relationship with a higher power, and committed to turning over all your control to this power. In Alcoholics Anonymous, next is step four of AA, the infamously scary step: Made a searching and fearless moral inventory … Read More

What is Step 3 in AA?

What is Step 3 in AA?

In step two of AA, you were exploring your relationship with God or another higher power and beginning to wrap your mind around the idea of surrendering control to this power. In step three of AA, you’re making the conscious decision to actually do this. Made a decision to turn our will and lives over … Read More

What is Step 2 in AA?

What is Step 2 in AA?

If you’re at all familiar with the 12 steps of AA, you probably know that they’re a very spiritual program. But what is step 2 in AA, the second step is where participants begin to create a relationship with a higher power, a relationship that they’ll explore more deeply as they move on to other … Read More

What is Step 1 in AA?

What is Step 1 in AA?

We admitted we were powerless over alcohol and that our lives had become unmanageable. It can be scary and challenging to take the first step and admit that you have a problem with addiction. However, the only way you can start down that path toward sobriety is by taking the first step forward. Step 1 … Read More

The 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous

The 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous

Even those who have never had first- or second-hand experience with addiction are likely somewhat familiar with the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous. This is one of the most well-known programs for addiction recovery and for good reason: it’s also one of the most effective programs. According to AA, up to 75% of its members … Read More

5 Signs my Partner is Addicted to Drugs

5 Signs My Partner is Addicted to Drugs

The moment you begin suspecting your partner of a drug addiction can be shocking, particularly if you’ve never known anyone who has been addicted to drugs. What should you do in this situation? How can you be certain your suspicions are correct? Below, we’ve listed a few common warning signs to be on the lookout … Read More

12 Suggestions for Staying Sober Through the Holidays

12 Suggestions For Staying Sober Through The Holidays

The holidays can be a rough time of the year for anyone, and is especially when staying sober through the holidays may be a struggle for you or a loved one. Families have separated, the Fear of relapse brings worry and doubt. For the families of alcoholics and addicts, we worry, will my son or … Read More

5 Signs My Partner is an Alcoholic

5 Signs My Partner is an Alcoholic

Because alcohol is so easily obtainable and a common part of most adults’ social lives in the US, it can be difficult to discern whether your partner’s drinking habits are normal or a sign of a problem. Chances are, though, that if your partner’s drinking concerns you, you can trust your gut. Learn these 5 … Read More

What is White Knuckling?

What is White Knuckling & How to Overcome It

AA’s Big Book states that “We are not fighting it, neither are we avoiding temptation. We feel as though we had been placed in a position of neutrality—safe and protected. We have not even sworn off. Instead, the problem had been removed. It does not exist for us.” Recovering from a substance addiction is more … Read More

How to Talk To A Loved One About Their Addiction

How to Talk to A Loved One About Their Addiction

It is never easy to start the conversation to someone you love about their addiction, so how do you talk to a loved one about their addiction? It’s not something that comes naturally to most people, and it’s something most people hope they’ll never have to do. Certain ways of communicating produce better results than … Read More

Common Drugs

Common Drugs & Their Paraphernalia

If you’re concerned that your loved one might be taking drugs, one of the first things you’ll want to do before staging an intervention is find evidence. One of the easiest ways to find evidence is to look for any hidden drug paraphernalia. However, if you’ve never had a friend or family member who uses … Read More

Loving An Addict to Death

Loving an Addict to Death

When dealing with a loved one who is suffering from addiction, the line between supporting them through a hard time and enabling them to continue can easily be blurred, and ultimately we don’t want to be loving an addict to death. We’ve spoken about this difference on the blog before, but we know that showing … Read More

How to Get Your Loved One to Stop Doing Drugs

How to Get Your Loved One to Stop Doing Drugs

Unfortunately, if your loved one is addicted to drugs or alcohol, they probably won’t wake up one day and decide to stop using. They’ll need the help of someone they care about (you!) to help them realize they have a problem and get them into treatment. So, how can you get your loved one to … Read More

5 Signs Your Loved One Has A Drug Problem

5 Signs Your Loved One Has A Drug Problem

What do you do when you begin to suspect that someone you love might have a drug problem? Don’t know the signs of your loved one has a drug problem? First thing’s first: educate yourself on substance abuse and addiction. Learn the signs of drug abuse and what to do if you notice them in … Read More

How to Get a Loved One Into Treatment

How to Get A Loved One Into Treatment

If someone you love is suffering from a substance abuse problem, the idea of helping them recover can be intimidating. How do you talk to your loved one about it? Do you need to stage a full-on intervention? How long should you wait before getting them into a treatment program? Why do people even become … Read More

What is Collegiate Recovery

What is Collegiate Recovery?

Binge drinking, late-night partying, and experimenting with drugs are seen as a normal part of the American college experience. But it’s not all harmless fun. College students in the United States are at a high risk of developing addiction or abusing substances. Approximately 80% of U.S. college students have abused alcohol, while the number of … Read More

Difference Between Supporting and Enabling and Addict

What is the Difference Between Supporting and Enabling an Addict?

Loving an addict is hard. Of course, you want to show them you still love them and support them through their recovery journey. Knowing exactly how to support him or her can be tricky, though. Sometimes, it may feel like you’re helping them when you’re actually enabling their addiction. It can seem like a fine … Read More

5 Benefits of Exercise for a Recovering Addict

5 Benefits of Exercise for A Recovering Addict

Exercise has a ton of benefits for a person’s mental health and can do a lot to aid an addict in recovery. It doesn’t have to be complicated, either! Simply heading outside for a 30-minute walk each day is enough to receive the benefits. Alternatively, training for a marathon, taking up yoga, or working on … Read More

How Long Does It Take To Recover From Addiction

How Long Does it Take to Recover from Addiction?

If you have a close friend or family member suffering from addiction, you might be wondering how long recovery takes. It’s certainly an understandable question – addiction is hard to cope with, both for the addict themselves and for their loved ones. Unfortunately, the answer to that question is not as clear-cut as you’re probably … Read More

5 Signs of Xanax Abuse

5 Signs of Xanax Abuse

Xanax, the brand name of the drug alprazolam, is a highly addictive benzodiazepine usually prescribed to treat panic and anxiety disorders. Tolerance to Xanax can develop quickly, so addictions can develop even when it’s taken as prescribed. When taken, Xanax produces a “chill out” effect on the brain and body. Users who take Xanax will … Read More

How to Support Someone Through Recovery

How to Support Someone Through Recovery

There is absolutely nothing easy about having a loved one who is suffering from an addiction. Even when they are in recovery, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed wanting to help but not knowing how. There are plenty of ways for you to support your loved one through his or her journey to lifelong recovery: Educate … Read More

5 Signs of Meth Use

5 Signs of Meth Use

Meth, short for methamphetamine, takes an extreme toll on the body, both physically and mentally, making it one of the most addictive and dangerous substances out there. In both the short- and long-term, meth can produce negative side effects, and always carries the risk of overdose. If you’re worried that one of your loved ones … Read More

What is Al Anon

What is Al-Anon?

Having a friend or family member who suffers from addiction or alcoholism is hard. It can be a roller coaster of emotions, and you may find it harder to cope some days. Addiction and alcoholism are family illnesses, because they don’t just affect the addict – they affect the whole family. In reality, loving an … Read More

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