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Twelve Steps

Letter to My Brother Six Feet Under

Allison Hudson | Posted 03.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Allison Hudson

I wish I had been able to recognize and deal with my alcoholism before you died. I wish we could have gotten sober together. I wish I could have been the sister I should have been. I wish we could share recovery together. I wish you didn't have to die for me to acknowledge my own addiction.

ReThink Review: Thanks For Sharing -- Sex Addiction Goes Mainstream

Jonathan Kim | Posted 11.20.2013 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

When I saw the trailer for Thanks For Sharing, I wrote it off as a fluffy ensemble rom-com questionably based in the world of sex addicts in recovery. But I'm happy to admit that I had this movie totally wrong.

St. Francis, Pope Francis And Being 'Right Sized'

Rev. Emily C. Heath | Posted 05.20.2013 | Religion
Rev. Emily C. Heath

Though I'm not a Catholic, I'm always genuinely inspired by followers of Christ who try to live lives of true humility and true right-sizedness. I hope, for both the sake of his church and the church universal, that Pope Francis lives into the name he has chosen for himself.

Gun Culture Versus Human Life and Dignity

Thomas Worcester | Posted 03.30.2013 | Religion
Thomas Worcester

U.S. Catholic bishops have been criticized for many things in recent years, among them an over emphasis on abortion issues to the exclusion of other issues. Is this a fair criticism? What other 'life' issues do the bishops address?

Taking the 12 Steps in Stride... Again

Martha Pasternack | Posted 02.09.2013 | Healthy Living
Martha Pasternack

I love being able to experience the depth and breadth of midlife. I am fortunate to have been able to update my understanding of how powerful the 12 steps can be in my life. I am very different from the 28-year-old I used to be.

Amends And Forgiveness: Taking Step Eight

Rev. Dr. Paul Bradley | Posted 01.15.2013 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Paul Bradley

The need for reconciliation is at the heart of the Gospel message, and it is at the heart of Twelve Step recovery as well. Without reconciliation, a right relationship with God -- and peace of mind -- is not possible.

Andrew Zimmern's Road To Recovery

Guideposts | Posted 12.24.2012 | Religion
Guideposts

Outside the kitchen my life was spiraling downward. I told myself I was in control, that I wasn't really addicted at all. I used heroin to come down from coke, alcohol to moderate the pills. I had it all figured out.

Step Seven: Performing The Surgery

Rev. Dr. Paul Bradley | Posted 12.15.2012 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Paul Bradley

By the time we get to the Seventh Step in the Twelve Step recovery process, our denial has been ripped away and we've done some very deep soul-searching. We come to the Seventh Step in a vulnerable state.

Removing The Anesthesia: A Reflection On Step 6

Rev. Dr. Paul Bradley | Posted 08.11.2012 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Paul Bradley

We can't and shouldn't demand perfection of ourselves, but we must always keep moving ahead, challenging ourselves to move past our personal zones of comfort.

Sundance 2012: Smashed

Heather Donahue | Posted 04.02.2012 | Arts
Heather Donahue

So many addiction narratives make it easy to say, "That's not me. I might drink a lot, but it's not that bad." Smashed acknowledges why anybody drinks in the first place: because it's fun.

Step Four: Letting Go to Let in God's Light and Love

Rev. Dr. Paul Bradley | Posted 03.30.2012 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Paul Bradley

In clearing away our own baggage, our ego, our obsession with self, we can open ourselves to God's power to work wonders in us.

Acceptance, Awareness, Action: Preparing For Step Four

Rev. Dr. Paul Bradley | Posted 01.29.2012 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Paul Bradley

There are three guiding concepts on the pathway to freedom from addiction: Awareness, Acceptance and Action. All are made possible through God's grace.

The Third Step: "An Unknown God" As Higher Power

Rev. Dr. Paul Bradley | Posted 12.14.2011 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Paul Bradley

By opening ourselves to the possibility of God and then the possibility of God's help in the Third Step, we open the door to an incredible journey of personal growth and discovery.

The Freedom Of Imperfection

Kevin Griffin | Posted 11.23.2011 | Religion
Kevin Griffin

When we make amends, we begin to see the freedom of non-attachment and to see ourselves in more generic terms: as humans, prone to error, but doing our best.

We Came To Believe: Step Two On The Recovery Journey

Rev. Dr. Paul Bradley | Posted 10.29.2011 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Paul Bradley

People in recovery joke that in sobriety they "get their brains back." God helps us not only to become sober and stay sober, but also restores us to sane and sensible thinking.

A Buddhist Approach To Recovery: Step Four -- Searching And Fearless

Kevin Griffin | Posted 08.08.2011 | Religion
Kevin Griffin

Investigation is the effort to see things clearly, to see them just as they are. In Vipassana meditation, this is what we are doing, investigating the present moment.

A Buddhist Approach To Recovery: Turning It Over

Kevin Griffin | Posted 08.08.2011 | Religion
Kevin Griffin

If we are to get and stay sober, we need to live less from the lower and more from the higher self. Turning our will and our lives over is the way we do this.

One Blog At A Time: Karma And Recovery

Kevin Griffin | Posted 08.08.2011 | Religion
Kevin Griffin

If we don't believe we can change -- if we think we are bound to stay addicts forever and that we can't heal -- then we don't believe in the Law of Karma.

AA: The Magic Of Bill Wilson

Jeff Witzeman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jeff Witzeman

Many know Bill Wilson as the founder of Alcoholics Anonymous, but few realize his brilliance as it relates to healing the human condition, alcoholic or not.

Empathy for Society's Child

Don McNay | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Don McNay

I want someone on the United States Supreme Court who can look back at actions that were wrong, feel a sense of injustice and make amends, even if the act happened forty or fifty years ago.

Battling Addiction: Are 12 Steps Too Many?

TIME | John Cloud Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2009 | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

January is a big month for winter sports and post-Christmas sales. It's also -- as people who treat substance abuse know -- a big month for drinkers w...

Exclusive: New York Times Reporter Benoit Denizet-Lewis Talks Addiction, Recovery, Drug Policy, Obama and America Anonymous

Rachel Kramer Bussel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Rachel Kramer Bussel

In his new book American Anonymous, Denizet-Lewis gets into the heart of addictions across the country, roads to recovery, detailing the heights of abuse, including health problems, and lost jobs and families.