Do-It-Yourself Repairs

January 8, 2015 by C. Scott McMillin

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By focusing on the welfare of someone else, James had gotten the full benefit of the Ninth Step.

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Holidays Step by Step

December 25, 2014 by Cecile

Reclaiming holidays doesn’t just keep them from becoming relapse triggers– it can also offer chances to live the joy in recovery.

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Understanding Objections to 12 Step Groups

December 18, 2014 by C. Scott McMillin

This is also an opportunity to work on an all-important issue in early recovery: personal boundaries.

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Sobriety: A Graphic Novel

December 8, 2014 by Daniel Maurer

And I needed that gift of desperation to allow the rest of the Steps to work in my life, as I worked them.

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You Get Out What You Put In

November 20, 2014 by C. Scott McMillin

It’s a good question to put to a newcomer, in AA/NA or in therapy: “How much work are you willing to put into this process?”

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How AA Works

November 17, 2014 by C. Scott McMillin

When I first got into counseling, I had this sneaky feeling that it couldn’t possibly be that simple.

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The Five Percent Meme

November 3, 2014 by C. Scott McMillin

People attend AA for a variety of reasons, in different stages of readiness, and with diverse objectives in mind.

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Professionally Suspicious: Clinicians & Recovery Fellowships

August 7, 2014 by C. Scott McMillin

You might as well write ‘I don’t want you to go to AA’ in big letters on the wall behind the therapist’s chair. It’s about that obvious.

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Introducing Newcomers to 12-Step Fellowship

July 31, 2014 by C. Scott McMillin

AA and NA weren’t designed by professionals and they do not operate like professionally-developed behavioral therapy programs.

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Good and Bad Advice at 12 Step Meetings

June 5, 2014 by C. Scott McMillin

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12 Step literature suggests that sponsors stick with advice on how to work the Steps, rather than stray into realms better left to trained professionals.

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