12 Step

Twelve-step recovery aims to provide every individual with a successful and fulfilling life after addiction. Read about the guiding principles that has helped thousands recover their lives.

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Is AA Truly Effective at Treating Addiction? New Study Says Yes

By Nicole Arzt

There isn't a single "best" approach to recovery. Likewise, all studies have limitations, and we need to keep that in mind. Continue Reading

A recovering addict considers whether AA is a selfish program.

No, AA is Not a Selfish Program

By Jamee Larson

Focusing on oneself isn't selfish—especially when helping yourself allows you to help others. Continue Reading

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What to Expect at an Al-Anon Meeting

By Liemann Valdimar

Al-Anon formats, content and discussions remain generally the same across the entire globe. Continue Reading

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What Stuck Out to Me in My First Narcotics Anonymous Meeting

By Lisa OBrien

Here is a first-hand account of one person's first Narcotics Anonymous meeting. Continue Reading

What's the Real Benefit of AA?

By Tess Chedsey

With the number of sober treatment programs that incorporate the 12-Steps, it’s logical to assume that under the right circumst... Continue Reading

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7 Reasons You Shouldn't Be Ashamed of AA

By Dominica Applegate

The stigma of AA can cause feelings of shame, but it's the first step towards redemption. Continue Reading

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The Basics of Al-Anon

By Rose Lockinger

If you have a family member or loved one who is struggling with alcoholism right now, then an Al-Anon meeting may be helpful fo... Continue Reading

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A Guide to Writing Your 4th Step

By Liemann Valdimar

In the 4th step, we must take the time to analyze how we've used the three most basic urges in life—our social, security, and s... Continue Reading

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The Pros and Cons of Attending Online AA Meetings

By Dominica Applegate

We discuss the pros and cons of connecting with other AA members virtually. Continue Reading

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Adult Children of Alcoholics: A Quick Overview

By Kelly McClanahan

Adult Children of Alcoholics aims to help adults recover from the emotional trauma or neglect they experienced as children rais... Continue Reading

7 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Stop Going to Meetings

By Flower B

After being sober for a while, attending meetings can seem tedious, boring and almost pointless. Here are 7 reminders on why yo... Continue Reading

8 Ways to Be a Good Sponsor in AA

By Dominica Applegate

The support that sponsorship brings can have a huge impact in the lives of those in recovery. These 8 tips can help you give ba... Continue Reading

Why I Stopped Attending Meetings Regularly

By Cassandra Huerta

12-step meetings were a part of my recovery process but not everyone's experience ends the same. Continue Reading

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5 Benefits You Gain From Step One

By Flower B

Step one relieves you of having to live up to societal expectations. Here are the top five benefits from practicing step one ev... Continue Reading

REBUTTAL to The Atlantic Article: AA Can't Just Be Written Off

By Rudolph Hatfield

Presenting a more balanced point of view on the functions of AA. Continue Reading

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