Stuff I Learned in AA: How To Live a Sober Life

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AA, or Alcoholic’s Anonymous, is a very popular program of recovery. AA is a 12-step program, meaning you follow or “work” the 12-steps of Alcoholic’s Anonymous upon entrance into the program. The 12-steps are your guide to recovering from alcoholism. Being in this program of recovery, I’ve learned a great deal about myself and the […]

3-6-5: The Numbers I Needed to be Alive


‘Those times when you get up early and you work hard, those times when you stay up late and you work hard, those times when you don’t feel like working, you’re too tired, you don’t want to push yourself, but you do it anyway. That is actually the dream. It’s not the destination, it’s the […]

Your First Year in Sobriety

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What you Learn your First Year Sober Getting sober comes with a whole new system of rules and etiquette in the recovery world. More over, what you will learn about yourself will top anything you could have ever hoped for. Your self-growth will follow the trajectory of your life as you continue your journey in […]

The Atheist and the 12 Steps

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First, I should tell you that I’m a lifelong atheist and I am 10 years sober with the help of a 12-step fellowship. (notice I’m not saying I’m a member or representative of any single fellowship or group in that fellowship, as that would be a tradition violation). I went to 30 days of inpatient […]

How To Have a Sober Thanksgiving

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From my experience in recovery, especially early recovery, holidays can be like walking through a minefield. IEDs everywhere: flame throwers, snipers, relatives throwing grenades. People can tell you a hundred different ways, tips, and tricks, but what worked for me is very simple. Stick to the basics. It sounds obvious, but it’s so easy to […]

What Are the Life Changes that must be made by Recovering Alcoholics?

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The life changes that must be made by recovering alcoholics and drug dependents differ a great deal from those that are recommended for other people having trouble in their lives; the ordinary psychological self-help books don’t apply.   Chemically dependent people are different. It doesn’t matter—and nobody knows—whether they are different to begin with, or […]

A How-to Guide: Set your Recovery Up for Success

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Generally speaking, the goal for anyone in recovery is to maintain their sobriety for the long-term. Everyone knows that it begins with stopping the addictive substances, but how do we continue to be successful in the long-term? Setting yourself up for success early on is extremely important when it comes to recovery, but it’s not […]

I Can Use Other Stuff as Long as It’s Not My Drug of Choice, Right?

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As an addict myself, I can say that getting sober wasn’t easy. The first couple of times I went to treatment was under threat from my parents, they said I wouldn’t be allowed to live with them anymore if I didn’t go to rehab. So, I went, but staying sober never lasted very long. Fast […]

How to Stay Sober After Rehab

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Rehabilitation is the first step towards a life free from the grip of addiction, but the journey to sobriety doesn’t end there. Staying sober after rehab requires a lifetime commitment to recovery. The thought of permanently committing to a sober lifestyle can be overwhelming, but with dedication and consistency, you’ll find that the power of […]

Building a Sober Lifestyle

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Typically, individuals struggle with maintaining a sober lifestyle because humans are creatures of habit. Most people stick to old habits and behaviors because they are comfortable and familiar. For this reason, building this new sober lifestyle can be frustrating and overwhelming for someone new to recovery. It can be a slow process and may require […]