The Culture of Drug Use

May 8, 2014 by C. Scott McMillin

After years in the drug world, it may not be easy for someone new to recovery to fit comfortably into the larger society. It helps to find people such as yourself– who used to use drugs but no longer do– to relate to.

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The 12-Step Success Rate

April 7, 2014 by C. Scott McMillin

AA and NA aren’t designed to have a ‘success rate’. Their mission is to reach out a helping hand to those who still suffer.

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Engaging Engagement

July 29, 2013 by C. Scott McMillin

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Sending somebody to meetings without some prep work is like making a referral for therapy without bothering to find a therapist.

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Finding a Skeptical Starting Point

May 22, 2013 by C. Scott McMillin

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“How will your program curriculum and staff work for someone who doesn’t believe in a god?”

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Coordinates on the Recovery Map

April 30, 2013 by C. Scott McMillin

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Addicts and alcoholics follow a fairly predictable route from drinking/using to stable abstinence and recovery, whether they believe in God or not.

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Seven Tips for Getting Started Right With AA

February 26, 2013 by C. Scott McMillin

The more we exert ourselves to help those with problems like ours, the more concrete benefits we receive from AA.

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What IS a “Recovery-Friendly” Community?

January 7, 2013 by Cecile

Recovery-friendly communities encourage education, provide support for open communications, and reject assumptions that perpetuate stigma.

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RecoverySI’s Sober Blogroll

December 27, 2012 by Cecile

Blogs by recovering folks, about sobriety, sober living, and the perils of taking yourself seriously.

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Online: The Power of 24/7 Fellowship

December 26, 2012 by Cecile

Whatever problem we’re facing at our 2:00 am relapse decision point, it’s an almost certain bet that another recovering person has been there.

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If You’re Really Recovering, Why Do You Need AA?

April 29, 2012 by C. Scott McMillin

Motivation springs from external as well as internal sources. Our internal desire for change is rarely enough to get us all the way through to our stated goals.

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