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Can You Attend AA Meetings if You’re Addicted to Something Else?

People struggling with addictions other than alcohol sometimes want to know whether they can attend AA meetings. Usually, the reason for this comes down to the broad availability of AA meetings compared to other kinds of 12-step meetings. There may be only AA meetings in your area, or you may not like the NA meetingsRead More

Why Acceptance is Important for Recovery

Acceptance is one of the most important skills to learn in recovery. Acceptance is the opposite of denial. Denial is refusing to acknowledge reality. No one refuses to accept good things. No one goes into denial over finding a parking space by the door or discovering her crush likes her too. Denial is for allRead More

Why Share at 12-step Meetings?

Sharing at 12-step meetings is an important part of recovery. While you can get some benefit from just attending meetings and listening, you will get more benefit if you share too. While it’s understandable to feel hesitant, especially at first, there are several reasons for you to pluck up the nerve to say your piece.Read More

Why Higher Intelligence Can Make Addiction Treatment Harder

Studies have shown that people with higher IQs are actually more prone to addiction. There are a number of possible reasons for this. One is that intelligence correlates with a number of mental health issues, including depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and ADHD, all of which put you at greater risk for addiction. Intelligent peopleRead More

Are Perfectionists More Vulnerable to Addiction?

Perfectionists set impossibly high standards for themselves and others. They are disappointed if they fail to meet these impossibly high standards, which means they are usually disappointed. Perfectionism may drive ambition and achievement to a certain point, but more often, it leads to perpetual feelings of failure. Here are some ways perfectionism can lead toRead More

How Writing Can Help Your Recovery

Stress, anxiety, loneliness, anger, and depression are all common relapse triggers. Learning to manage your emotions keeps these feelings from getting the better of you, but that’s much easier said than done. For most people, emotions are the inevitable response to whatever happens to them, and the idea of managing those responses seems either mysteriousRead More

What if I Get Waitlisted for Treatment?

It’s so frustrating: you reach a point where you know you have a problem, you’re so sick of using, and you want to get better. So you work up the nerve to call a treatment center and they put you on a waitlist. This is a common problem in the US. Even states that takeRead More

At Meetings, Don’t Skip the Chit Chat

12 Step meetings offer a lot of different tools for beating addiction–sympathetic ears, inspiring recoveries, cautionary examples, a plan for personal progress, and, of course, coffee. 12 Step meetings are pretty informal affairs to begin with, but the least formal element might be one of the most useful–chatting with others in recovery before and afterRead More

Do I Need Therapy if I’m Already in AA?

AA and other 12 Step programs are free and abundant. Wherever you are in the world, there is probably a meeting not far away. As a result, 12 Step meetings are the only help many people get for addiction, and they often work. You might wonder whether 12 Step meetings are all you need toRead More

Do I Need Treatment if I Only Use Marijuana?

Marijuana is by far the most commonly used illicit drug in the US. Most adults have at least tried marijuana at some point, and at least 15 percent use it regularly. Whereas about 600,000 people say they’ve used heroin in the past year, about 55 million say they’ve used marijuana in the past year. ThatRead More