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One Man’s Tale of Escaping the 12 Step Recovery Trap

I was a child who grew up in an AA household from as far back as I can remember. It was the seventies and early eighties, and many of my siblings and my mother were active members in various 12 step groups at the time. I, too, eventually joined the ranks with my older...

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Who Should Get Credit When You Stop Drinking or Using Drugs?

When criticizing 12 Step groups and treatment based on it, people will often tell me that they know it works because someone they know got sober in AA. I don't doubt their experience as I, too, know people who still attend meetings and have maintained decades of...

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The Scary World of Addiction Treatment

Ghosts and ghouls, witches and jack o' lanterns, and all sorts of scary creatures abound; it's Halloween! These creatures can't hurt you because they only exist in myth and legend, and in our imaginations. But there are myths and legends that have created monsters...

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30 Day Rehab Near Me? Be Cautious

In this age of social media and instant searches for anything and everything, there are benefits to the “instant search” features of the internet we have all become accustomed to. However, there is a dark side to every coin – and in this case, there is as much fraud...

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A Parent’s Nightmare – Heroin

There are few things more terrifying to a parent than finding out that your son or daughter is using heroin. But if you’re going to get through this devastating development, you need to find a way out of the panic. Your fear is valid, but in the long run, it won’t...

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