Re-Engineering Recovery Tools

June 13, 2013 by C. Scott McMillin

Faded drawing of man's head in profile, on old-looking, stained paper. The "brain area" is filled with gears.

What’s likely to provide you with the best recovery guidance? There’s your ‘recovery guide’- maybe a better description for nonbelievers than “higher power.”

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Cult vs Culture

May 28, 2013 by C. Scott McMillin

As addiction progresses, the addict or alcoholic grows away from the larger culture from whence they came.

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What to Look for in a Sponsor

March 6, 2013 by C. Scott McMillin

Sponsors, the saying goes, carry the message, not the alcoholic.

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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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Five Reasons to Hate AA

January 2, 2013 by site admin

It’s easier to trash-talk the fellowships than think about quitting. But that’s not the only thing behind the negativity.

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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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Families: Getting More From 12-Step Support

February 14, 2012 by C. Scott McMillin

The way you feel changes over time — and that’s why people keep going to meetings.

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Families: On Being a Newcomer in a 12-Step Group

February 13, 2012 by C. Scott McMillin

What can a newbie reasonably expect from participation in Alanon et al? Support, although perhaps of a type you don’t initially recognize, since it doesn’t involve much sympathy.

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Families: Why Alanon?

February 11, 2012 by C. Scott McMillin

If you’ve made friends among people who share your experience and are willing to listen, you’re miles ahead of most family members, who still have no place where they can safely vent their own problems.

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12-Step Programs for Families

February 10, 2012 by C. Scott McMillin

Family programs like Al-anon and Alateen can help us learn ways to recover from the effects of someone else’s addiction, and help us contribute to their recovery

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