The disease of addiction was prevalent in my life before I ever picked up a substance. I can remember my friends and I riding bikes across town to shoplift from the local convenience store. As my friends distracted the store employees, I stole cigarettes and candy. We had the art of shoplifting down to a
Could you imagine being able to function on a daily basis without putting a substance into your body? Ever think about having a family of your own, going back to school, owning a home, or building healthy relationships with the people around you? Wondering how you would overcome years of self-hatred, guilt, shame, and fear?
Blog post by: Alumni Relations Specialist It says it right in the 1st step. We admitted we were powerless. What exactly does that mean? The definition of powerless is “without ability, influence, or power.” I am okay with the fact that I powerless over things like, drugs, alcohol, the weather, traffic and other people. I
Blog Post by: Alumni Relations Specialist When I entered rehab, I didn’t know anything about a program or a fellowship. I did not know AA meetings were real. I thought they were made up things on television. I never even heard of a NA meeting. Is this all a joke? Do I really have to do
Common things I hear from addicts in the 12 step meetings are “When will I get my family’s trust back?” and “When can I make my amends for my addiction?” It is great to feel remorse and want to make the situation right with their loved ones, but it takes time. Let’s face it, when we get sober many
Blog Post By: Alumni Relations Specialist Sometimes the fear of not knowing is worse than knowing. However, we come into the program and work with our sponsor on step work. Our sponsor goes over a step 3 with us and we learn about the spiritual principle “Faith.” I now must turn over my will to
The holidays are upon us. It is a time to celebrate and give thanks with family and friends. And although these celebrations can be wonderful, sometimes sobriety is tested. There is alcohol at almost every gathering and emotions are high, which can be a dangerous combination that potentially could lead to a relapse. There are many
Blog post by: Alumni Relations Specialist Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) was founded by Dr. Bob and Bill Wilson in an attempt to help other suffering alcoholics. They had found a plan, or program, of recovery that worked for them and they wanted to share this with others who were struggling with getting and staying sober. When