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What's a "Trunk Party" Have to do with Treatment?

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What's a "Trunk Party" Have to do with Treatment?

Should I Go to Treatment? Treatment programs such as Alcoholics or Narcotics Anonymous (AA/NA/12 STEPS) are not for everybody. Not everyone responds well to sharing their story with others or listening to others talk about their stories. Sometimes, being with a group of people caught in the grips of addictions isn't a good idea. Especially if many of them are only going to AA or NA because they're ordered to by a judge or some other official. Trunk Parties Have you ever been to an AA meeting where there were trunk parties afterward? What is a trunk party, you ask? A...

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Remembering the Newcomer In Us All…

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Remembering the Newcomer In Us All…

Today was a beautiful day, as I show up to his in-laws front door, “Knock-knock!” Answers come to a barking dog and smiling face. I walk in and the father in law has to make the snide but necessary remark of "no nonsense shall be had here," not acknowledging my six years in recovery but for the sake of his son-in-law’s newfound sobriety; it was a must of tough love. His wife greets me in her pajamas, but you could tell that there was a sense of calm after the storm about her. And then meeting their beautiful daughter, pure...

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He Said, "MEETINGS OR DIE!" Here's what I said...

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He Said, "MEETINGS OR DIE!" Here's what I said...

I used to go to 12-step meetings. That was a little over six years ago. Today, I don’t go to 12-step meetings anymore, and for that, some people would say I’m setting myself up for a relapse. But, in my opinion, I’m countering what triggered me to relapse. I haven’t relapsed since I stopped going, and some would say I’m crazy. Some meeting-goers would say that “if you don’t go to meetings you’ll die.” But the majority out there would, and should say, “Do whatever keeps you sober, bro!” And that’s the motto I live by. Note: This is just...

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Am I Recovered or Recovering?

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Am I Recovered or Recovering?

Recovered or recovering? Is there a difference? Am I a has-been, a used-to-be addict? Recovery was and still is a complete lifestyle change for most of us. Recovery is positive change and growth in mind, soul, and spirit. In order to have true recovery, my mind, soul, and spirit must continue to change and grow. ...

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