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Struggling with Meaning in Life? Here’s What You Can Do

Struggling with meaning in life? I totally get it. I think most people go through this struggle. The human experience is a beautiful, scary, chaotic, emotional one. We are thrown into this world without always knowing why. While many people may have such a strong purpose in their life — whether that be through their religion/faith, their work, or something else — many of us still struggle… 

How Treatment Centers Fail Patients

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In this week’s episode of The Addiction and Mental Health Podcast, we discuss the various ways that treatment centers are failing alcoholics/addicts and what they can do better. Listen here.

The Success Rate of AA Is 5–10% — Here’s Why

Depending on whom you ask, AA has a success rate of about 5–10%. And when I say “whom,” I mean people who actually study this shit — you know, scientists — not the schmuck old-timer at AA who likes to quote page 58 about, “rarely have we seen a person fail blah blah blah.” Let me back up a bit and say that I work… 

What To Expect At Your First AA Meeting

Going to your first AA meeting can be pretty stressful, especially if you don’t know anyone or have any friends who go to AA, so I’m going to tell you what to expect at your first AA meeting so that it’s not so scary. There are a lot of preconceived ideas and thoughts about what AA is and how the meetings are, especially when it… 

What an Open AA Meeting Is

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An open AA meeting is just an AA meeting where anyone can go. By anyone, I mean anyone, whether you’re an alcoholic or not. Why Open AA Meetings Are Good There are a few things that make open AA meetings really great. The first thing is that, because anyone can go, it makes people who aren’t sure if they’re alcoholics or not feel more comfortable… 

How to Practice Submission to God

I am going to get vulnerable for a second and open up about submission to God, something that I think a lot of people might feel afraid to talk about. Let’s face it — we live in a time where it just isn’t cool to be a Christian. The Bible says that the righteous will walk the narrow path while the rest will take the… 

Spiritual Fulfillment | 20 Ways to Become Spiritually Fulfilled

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According to the experts, spiritual fulfillment always has to do with a poorly defined definition of what the spirit is — namely, that it’s something that has nothing to do with reality, that it must have something to do with gods or spirits or a connection to the universe or some other religious or faux-religious bullshit. I reject this definition. I think that spiritual fulfillment… 

Recovered Alcoholic vs Recovering Alcoholic | What Do They Mean?

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What’s the difference between being a recovered alcoholic and a recovering alcoholic? We hear it all the time in AA. I’m a recovered alcoholic or recovered addict. I’m a recovering alcoholic or recovering addict. But what does that mean? Why do we say it? Recovering Alcoholic vs Recovered Alcoholic — Recovered = No More Pain Being recovered means that I don’t suffer anymore. I no longer… 

What to Do After a Relapse

Although it’s not a requirement for a drug addict in recovery, relapse often happens and is a part of many recovery journeys. Relapse is not a single event; it’s an insidious process that eventually leads to an addict taking that first drink or drug. So, what often leads up to a relapse? Things start to slip in an addict’s program: meeting attendance dwindles, nightly inventories… 

Acceptance in AA | The Answer to All My Problems

Here’s what the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous has to say about acceptance in AA. “And acceptance is the answer to all my problems today. When I am disturbed, it is because I find some person, place, thing, or situation—some fact of my life—unacceptable to me, and I can find no serenity until I accept that person, place, thing, or situation as being exactly that…