Alcohol and Addiction Treatment and Recovery



Freedom from Addiction -- We have a way out for those that want help.





Step12.com is about Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery and we are here as a support group to provide information and resources to help all who are looking for help.

Perhaps you're NOT an alcoholic or an addict. Maybe you have a different problem. Maybe you have landed here looking for information and resources to help someone who does have a problem. Or, maybe, because another person has a problem -- it's causing you problems.

The Founder and Pioneer's who provide this web site are long-time recovered alcoholics and addicts. Most of us have had our share of other problems, too. And, we all have friends and family and employers that were affected by our problems. The foundation of our recovery is built upon helping others -- that's why we're here to help you. When we can help you -- it helps us. That's the deal and that's why we're here offering to help.

We found a way out and we want to share it with you if you want it.





Our basic program of recovery has been through the 12 Steps and anonymous Fellowships. But, kind of like putting the 12 Steps on Steroids or Turbo-boost, we have also found other tools and resources that could help us and propel our experience with the 12 Steps into the levels of recovery and problem solving that the Founder of A.A.'s 12 Steps had hopes, dreams and visions of exploring more than eighty years ago!

When Alcoholics Anonymous was in it's founding stage -- their Founder's and pioneers used any and all resources and literature that would help them. And, they encouraged their followers to do the same. Since that founding and the publishing of their book, Alcoholics Anonymous, their Fellowship has grown around the world helping millions of alcoholics to recover. And, it has spawned over 200 other fellowships and anonymous organizations to use A.A.'s 12 Step formula for recovery to solve their problems and to recovery from their conditions. People have found ways to use the 12 Steps to recover or at least get better from almost any problem.

If you have a problem other than alcohol or drugs -- We believe that our experiences and tools of recovery will be of interest and helpful to you, too. And, if we're not directly helpful -- we hope to at least be able to point you in the right direction to finding the help you seek.

Can we be of help to you? That's for you to decide.





If you, or a person that you're concerned about has a problem with any addiction that is having a negative effect on your life or the lives of those around you -- we encourage you to look around and check us out. There is no cost or fees or dues and we do not ask for donations and we are not trying to sell you anything. Our only desire is to be helpful.

Not everyone who has a problem with alcohol and drinking is an alcoholic just like not everyone who takes drugs is an addict. Sometimes, it just feels like it gets out of control and next time you'll manage better. We understand. We felt that way, too!

Sometimes, a pressing problem or a crisis is all that it takes for some people to get their drinking or drugging or eating or gambling or spending into control and manage it better. Things like a relationship break-up, a warning on the job, a termination, an accident, or an arrest will definitely get some attention and might provide the incentive to suddenly stop and stay stopped.

The problem is sufficient enough to wake a person up and motivate them to change. And, they change. They simply stop drinking entirely. Or, they stop before they drink too much. They stay out of trouble and never have another problem with alcohol, drinking or drugs.

There are some people who have had many problems with drinking and druging and binge drinking. Then, something serious happens -- and, they just stop. And, never have a problem again.

There are some -- who simply need some guidance. Some new information. Maybe a little recovery help and support -- and, then, they can be on their way again and never have another problem.

Then, there are some, who intend to have one drink, or one pill, or smoke a little bit of pot -- and, the next think they know they've lost all control, over and over and over and over again. They want to stop. They want to be able to control it. And, sometimes, for short or long periods of time -- they do stop and control it, until the next time -- and the cycle repeats.

Of course, there are a few -- who actually realize that they do have a problem with alcohol or an addiction and they have no doubts about it. They have had sufficient life experience to convince them that their situation is different. They know what they do with drinking or drugging is not normal. They know that they are an alcoholic. Or, they know that they are an addict.

We do not pronounce anyone as an addict or an alcoholic -- regardless of how bad their problems may have become. We believe that this is a diagnosis that only does good if the individual makes the decision that they have become an alcoholic or addicted.

Regardless of which type or category that you believe you come under -- if we can be of help to you, we would like to help. We simply provide information and leave it up to you to decide.

And, regardless of what you decide about your own situation -- we simply want to be helpful and we hope that we will have provided you with something that you can use to better your situation and your life.

Here, you can learn how recovery-oriented care and recovery support systems have helped people with mental, emotional, spiritual and/or substance use disorders manage their conditions successfully.

The adoption of recovery by behavioral health systems over the years has signaled a dramatic shift in the expectation for positive outcomes for individuals who experience mental, emotional and/or substance use conditions. Today, when individuals with mental and/or substance use disorders seek help, they are met with the knowledge and belief that anyone can recover and/or manage their conditions successfully. The value of recovery and recovery-oriented behavioral health systems is widely accepted by states, communities, health care providers, peers, families, researchers, and advocates including the U.S. Surgeon General, the Institute of Medicine, and others.

Challenges and conditions can be overcome. This is the foundation of recovery. A person’s recovery is built on his or her strengths, talents, coping abilities, resources, and inherent values. It is holistic, addresses the whole person and their community, and is generally supported by peers, friends, and family members.

Recovery may include clinical treatment, medications, faith-based approaches, peer support, family support, self-care, and other approaches.

Recovery is characterized by continual growth and improvement in one’s health and wellness that may involve setbacks. Setbacks are a natural part of life, resilience becomes a key component of recovery.

"Despite all we can say, many who are real alcoholics are not going to believe they are in that class. By every form of self-deception and experimentation, they will try to prove themselves exceptions to the rule, therefore nonalcoholic. ~page 31, Alcoholics Anonymous"

Addiction data and statistics in the USA

Alcohol Addiction Treatment and Recovery Information

The 12 Steps by book Alcoholics Anonymous


STEP ONE

A.A. Twelve Step Study

A Step Study on the 12 Steps of A.A.

Step One -- The Most Often Misquoted Step of A.A.'s 12 Steps

— A detailed observation of A.A.'s Step One. Have you noticed how often the AA First Step is Misquoted and Mis-stated when read and discussed in meetings? This article is about it.

Step 1 Test and Worksheet for AA 12 Steps.

Step One: Are you alcoholic? A detailed observation of A.A.'s Step One using the Big Book of AA Alcoholics Anonymous as a self-test.

AA Step One -- 20 Questions Test Worksheet

A 20-Question test that was used by many A.A.'s as a worksheet to decide if they were alcoholic or not.

AA Twelve Step Video

12 Steps Father Martin - Video — This video has Father Joseph C. Martin (October 12, 1924 – March 9, 2009) delivering his famous Chalk Talks -- on the importance of TAKING all of A.A.'s 12 Steps together.

Medical Definition of an Substance Abuse, Alcoholic and Alcoholism

Not everyone who drinks heavy or gets into trouble drinking is an alcoholic. What does the Medical Community say, in regards to the difference ins Substance Abuse, Heavy Drinking, Alcoholic and Alcoholism?

Step One of AA's 12 Steps video

Step One of AA's 12 Steps video Father Joseph C. Martin (October 12, 1924 – March 9, 2009) was a Roman Catholic priest, recovering alcoholic and renowned speaker/educator on the issues of alcoholism and drug addiction. These talks were first published in the book, Chalk Talks by Father Martin.

What happens to your liver as a result of heavy drinking?

Whas is just one of the physical problems associated with heavy drinking? Alcoholic Liver Disease ALD. Do you know someone that you think drinks too much? What is one of the long-terms symptoms associated with alcohol abuse and alcoholism?

Can drinking too much kill you?

Alcohol Poisoning. Is it true that it is very often fatal and can kill you?

Can you die getting sober?

Surprising to many the answer is YES! What are Alcohol Withdrawal Symptoms? Can you die withdrawing from alcohol? — Read this and get immediate medical attention for anyone suspected of having Alcohol Withdrawal Symptoms!

Addiction and Alcohol Rehabilitation Glossary & Terms

A Laymen's guide for the definition of words used in treatment centers rehab centers and recovery of alcoholics and drug addicts.

The 12 Steps Forum



STEP TWO

STEP TWO of A.A.'s 12 Steps

-- An A.A. member explains their personal experience on Taking Step 2 and Coming To Believe...

Step 2: 12 Step Discussion Forum



STEP THREE

STEP THREE of A.A.'s 12 Steps

-- An A.A. member explains their personal experience on Taking Step 3 and Making A Decision

STEP THREE is about Making A Decision

What does the Step 3 Decision mean? The book, Alcoholics Anonymous tells us to think well before making our decision. Why?

Twelve Steps Discussion Forum

— This link goes to our Fellowship discussion on each of the 12 Steps in the Alcohol Addiction Drug Treatment Recovery forums here on Step12.com



STEP FOUR

4th Step Worksheets and Guides and 12 Step Study Work Sheets

Step Four Discussion Forum

— This link goes to our Fellowship discussion on Step Four.

A.A. Meeting information for A.A. Meetings in each State of the United States.

A.A. Promises

The Promises of A.A. 12 Steps.

Vision For You - A.A..

Alcohol Addiction Treatment and Recovery Support