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Alternatives to 12-Step: Options In Recovery

Alternatives to 12-Step: Options In Recovery

My Personal Account of Stepping Outside the Box As many of you know from Facebook, I’ve been exploring alternatives to 12-Step (I.e. multiple pathways to addiction recovery). As of late, many have questioned my endeavors, and I feel an explanation is appropriate. Initially, my sole intention was to pass on what I learned to the many who struggle with 12-Step programs. Subsequentially, I found great potential in many other recovery programs. Still, I never imagined it would alienate me from…

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Remaining Positive in a Negative World

Remaining Positive in a Negative World

Remaining positive in a negative world is an everyday challenge. It is not my natural tendency to awake in a happy, positive mood, excited for life. Remaining positive is a decision I must make each morning. I hope you will find value in the following list of peace and positivity building habits.  They continue to change my negative attitude to a positive attitude when I practice them. Daily Habits to Increase Peace and Positivity I say, out loud, “Today will…

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SMART Recovery Peer Support & Recovery Coaching

SMART Recovery Peer Support & Recovery Coaching

Our Peer Support Specialists/Recovery Coaches are now Certified SMART Recovery facilitators. If anyone is interested in guidance and mentorship through the SMART Recovery program, please contact us. What is SMART Recovery SMART Recovery was established in 1994. SMART stands for Self-Management And Recovery Training. Their purpose is to help individuals gain freedom from addictive behaviors, so that they may lead productive and meaningful lives. SMART Recovery is a free, self-empowering, science-based recovery program. SMART offers face-2-face and online support groups…

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The 3 S Philosophy of LifeRing Secular

The 3 S Philosophy of LifeRing Secular

The 3 S Philosophy of LifeRing Secular Recovery This simple 3 S Philosophy is demonstrated in LifeRing’s meeting format. Sobriety – LifeRing promotes total-abstinence from alcohol and other drugs. Alcohol and other drugs are not viewed separately, but both as addictive substances for which we should abstain. Secularity –  LifeRing believes that recovery is the responsibility of the person in recovery. It is asked that religion should be practiced at church or in one’s personal life. Much like a Weight…

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Benefits of Using Peer Support in Recovery

Benefits of Using Peer Support in Recovery

“The purpose of peer recovery support services is to provide hope to those in recovery and to help them stay in recovery, thus reducing the likelihood of relapse. With their powerful message of hope, combined with the experience of the peers who have been successful in their recovery efforts, these services extend the clinical reach of treatment and go directly into the lives of people who most need them.” “Recovery support is provided through treatment, services, and community-based programs by…

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Craig Whalley LifeRing Secular Recovery Success Story

Craig Whalley LifeRing Secular Recovery Success Story

Craig Whalley is a person in long-term recovery. He is a member of LifeRing Secular Recovery. LifeRing is a worldwide self-help organization that promotes non-religious/non-spiritual, abstinence-based recovery.  They offer peer-to-peer support through face-to-face and online meetings that encourage personal growth and continued learning through individual empowerment. They believe that each person has the power to change. LifeRing focuses on weakening the “Addict Self”  while strengthening the “Sober Self” by focusing on members’ current lives and triggers rather than experiences from the…

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Multiple Pathways to Recovery

Multiple Pathways to Recovery

We will be Exploring Multiple Pathways to Recovery Recently it has been brought to my attention that there are more than two recovery pathways.. Prior to this week, I was only familiar with the NA and AA fellowships, and that which stemmed from those. However, there happen to be many different fellowships worldwide. As a person in recovery, this intrigues me greatly. I believe myself to be a pretty open-minded individual, so I’d like to explore these various pathways with…

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