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It is also our commitment and desire to be of help and service to the public and to families, friends and loved ones of the addicted through education, information, tools and resources -- so that they, too, can find solutions to their problems.
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- Alcohol abuse is at the top of the list of all drugs — in regards to drug abuse and addiction.
- Alcohol is the number one, gateway "drug of choice" that is used by most substance abusers and those that become addicted to other drugs.
- Alcohol is the number one "drug of choice" that is used in early relapse from sobriety.
Each year — billions of dollars are spent — to research and to educate on the problems related to alcohol abuse and drug addiction. And, to study alcoholics and addicts — to understand them — so that more effective treatments can administered.
While most, in the field of addiction science and academia will agree, that there is not one solution or treatment or cure that will work for everyone -- nearly all will agree to the following three core tenets of treatment:
- 1. Absolute abstinence: Alcohol can not be safely used in any form or quantity at all by an alcoolic or anyone addicted to drugs.
- 2. Treatment and continued recovery efforts will last a lifetime.
- 3. The greatest insurance against relapse comes from active participation in a recovery support community that focuses on individual members helping others to achieve and maintain their sobriety.
Our Primary Purpose is to be helpful to individuals seeking sobriety, recovery and treatment for all addictions and addictive behaviors.
We realize that we cannot help everyone -- but, at least we can try to be helpful to all!
It has been said -- that not one solution or one unique treatment will prove effective to help everyone. So, we do not focus on one solution or treatment. Our focus is to provide information to help you discover -- what works best for you!
You can recover! And, you can get well!
Discover the benefits of sobriety!
EVIDENCE BASED TREATMENT AND RECOVERY!
Alcohol Addiction Treatment
and Recovery Information
Includes: Articles on AA, 12 Step Recovery, AA Guides, 12 Step Worksheets, AA Litterature, Big Book Study, Addiction Research, Sponsor Information, AA Meetings, 12 Step Worksheets, Addiction Science, Prevention, Research and Educational Links
Also includes: Anything else -- that may help YOU to recover!
The 12 Steps
12 Steps to recover from alcoholism and addiction AND to be happy, joyous and free -- while sober! — Here, you'll find an online copy of the 12 Steps that you can download to print, or to save on your computer, tablet, or Smart Phone! There is also a message on the page about the purpose of the 12 Steps.
AA 12 Traditions — Short Form and 12 Traditions Long Form As read in many AA meetings.
Step 1 Video — Father Joseph C. Martin (October 12, 1924 March 9, 2009) was a Roman Catholic priest, recovering alcoholic and renowned peaker/educator on the issues of alcoholism and drug addiction. These talks were first published in the book, Chalk Talks by Father Martin.
12 Steps Discussion — 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
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 12 Steps together.
12 Steps in Reverse — Laugh as you read this How to NOT take the 12 Steps of AA and ask yourself if you know someone who is taking the AA 12 Steps this way!
The 12 Traditions of AA — (as read in AA Meetings).
20 Questions Test - Are you alcoholic? Take this test and then you decide.
The 4th Essential Requirement AA in Recovery — Do you know what the FOURTH Essential Requirement is — for AA Recovery?
AA Conventions & Events List List of AA Conventions Round-ups Workshops and Special Events. Send us your groups convention or events so it can be posted here!
AA Meeting Directory for each state in the USA. Here you will find links for meetings, Central Offices, AA Districts and Intergroups for each state and city.
What is The AA Recovery Program? Is there an OFFICIAL plan of recovery?
AA First Step Most Often Misquoted — 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.
AA - What is AA? — Do you know what AA really is?
The Medical Definition of an Alcoholic and Alcoholism —
— What is 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?
What is Alcohol Poisoning? — Is it true that it is very often fatal and can kill you?
Alcohol Addiction Drug Treatment Recovery Forum — Help for alcoholics in recovery with online discussions and answers to many questions.
Alcoholic Self Test from The Big Book — This study of the book Alcoholics Anonymous was used as the foundation for this test.
What are Alcohol Withdrawal Symptoms And, can you die withdrawing from alcohol? — YES. Read this and get immediate medical attention for anyone suspected of having Alcohol Withdrawal Symptoms!
Chapter 3 More About AlcoholismA portian of Chapter 3, More about alcoholism -- as read in many AA meetings in Southern California
Chapter 5 How it works A portian of Chapter 5, How it works -- as read in many AA meetings
Spiritual Way of Life - Part 1 -- Chuck C. Video, (New Pair of Glasses). Very rare!
Spiritual Way of Life - Part 2 -- Chuck C. Video, (New Pair of Glasses) Very rare!
Spiritual Way of Life - Part 3 -- Chuck C. Video, (New Pair of Glasses) Very rare!
Spiritual Way of Life - Part 4 -- Chuck C. Video, (New Pair of Glasses) Very rare!
Spiritual Way of Life - Part 5 -- Chuck C. Video, (New Pair of Glasses) Very rare!
Spiritual Way of Life - Part 6 -- Chuck C. Video, (New Pair of Glasses) Very rare!
Clancy's 7 Questions: This is the Original Clancy's 7 Questions (A.A. Sponsor, Sponsorship, for Newcomer and Old-timers) — There are many copies of this floating around that have been stolen, copied, changed, modified. If you get it here -- you're guaranteed it's the real original! :-)
Conventions & Special Events AA Conventions, Round-ups, Workshops, Book Studies, and Retreats.
Doctors Opinion The Doctor's Opinion, from the book, Alcoholics Anonymous
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Emotional Sobriety What is Emotional Sobriety? How do you get it? This article goes beyond the common letter by Bill W. on Emotional sobriety.
God as we understand Him - A Documentary Video
How Bill W. Took The Steps How did Bill W., take the 12 Steps — Before the 12 Steps were written?
AA Meeting Directory Directory of AA Meetings with links to pages for AA meetings throughout the United States.
Meeting Topics in the AA Big Book A list of suggested meeting topics for AA discussion meetings -- that are found in the AA Big Book.
Prayer of St. Francis Video Music video Prayer of St. Francis Video the AA book 12 Steps and 12 Traditions
Principles of The 12 Steps : An article by a renowned AA Historian and Archivist, writes about The Principles of the 12 Steps and where the 12 Step Principles come from
Promises — on Page 83 The Promises in Big Book (page 83) that are read in many AA Meetings
Rehab Glossary & Terms A Laymen's guide for the definition of words used in treatment centers rehab centers and recovery of alcoholics and drug addicts
Steps DiscussionA Discussion of the 12 Steps in the Recovery Forum
Step 1 Misquoted An AA Member shares -- Step One is the most misquoted Step of the 12 Steps. Had I known the proper description of an alcoholic and realized that the and my life had become unmanageable -- was not part of the description of an alcoholic I might have had a better chance of grasping the concept of alcoholism and recovery.
Step 2 Personal Experience ~An alcoholic shares a personal story of how he took Step Three, of AA's 12 Steps
Step 3 Personal Experience~An alcoholic shares his personal story of how he was able to jump through the hoop and take Step Three, of AA's 12 Steps
Step 4 Worksheets These are the Official 12 Step AA 4th Step Guides and Worksheets created and used by Dallas B., using the AA Big Book in the AA 4th Step Workshops. If you get these anywhere else -- they are probably NOT original, and not the same
Step Study Workshop Notes and handouts from a 12 Step Big Book workshop on AA's 12 Steps, as presented by Dallas B.
Traditions Check-List The 12 Traditions Checklist - from the A.A. Grapevine / Service Material is from the General Service Office: These questions were originally published in the AA Grapevine in conjunction with a series on the Twelve Traditions that began in November 1969 and ran through September 1971. While they were originally intended primarily for individual use, many AA groups have since used them as a basis for wider discussion.
Treatment ProgramsNo single drug addiction or alcohol treatment approach works for everyone. This article and guide is to help you find an Alcohol and Drug Addiction Treatment Program That Works For You
Vision For YouVISION FOR YOU AA Big Book Vision For you,is read at the end of many A.A. Meetings right before the ending prayer.
What is the AA Program?An essay by a member shares about the AA program.
Select the State where you want to find or attend an AA Meeting or a Local AA Contact.
Once you select the State for AA Meeting -- then, you can select a City, Area or Region for Local AA Meetings
A.A. — Alcoholics Anonymous is a worldwide fellowship of men and women who help each other to stay sober. They offer the same help to anyone who has a drinking problem and wants to do something about it.
Since they are all alcoholics themselves, they have a special understanding of each other. They know what the illness feels like and they have learned how to recover from it in A.A.
What are the AA Meetings about?
The A.A. people in each group get together, usually once or twice a week, to hold A.A. MEETINGS, of two main types:
(1) At " OPEN AA MEETINGS ": speakers tell how they drank, how they discovered A.A., and how its program has helped them.
Members may bring relatives or friends, and usually anyone interested in
A.A. is also welcome to attend " OPEN AA MEETINGS. "
(2) " CLOSED AA MEETINGS " are for alcoholics only. These are group discussions, and any members who want to may speak up, to ask questions and to share their thoughts with fellow members
At " CLOSED AA MEETINGS, " A.A.s can get help with personal problems in staying sober and in everyday living.
Some other A.A.s can explain how they have already handled the same problems often by using one or more of the Twelve Steps.
Like other illnesses, alcoholism strikes all sorts of people. So the men and women in A.A. are of all races and nationalities, all religions and no religion at all. They are rich and poor and just average. They work at all occupations, as lawyers and housewives, teachers and truck drivers, waitresses and members of the clergy.
Note: At the bottom of this page you can read more on What AA is about.
What is AA?
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS® is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism.
· The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees for A.A. membership; we are self-supporting through our own contributions.
· A.A. is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization or institution; does not wish to engage in any controversy; neither endorses nor opposes any causes.
· Our primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety.
We have learned a great deal about how to identify and arrest alcoholism. But so far no one has discovered a way to prevent it, because nobody knows exactly why some drinkers turn into alcoholics.
For that reason, A.A. concentrates on helping those who are already alcoholics, so that they can stop drinking and learn how to live a normal, happy life without alcohol.
A.A. believes. If they do not stop drinking, their alcoholism almost always gets worse and worse. Both the American Medical Association and the British Medical Association, chief organizations of doctors in those countries, also have said that alcoholism is an illness.
Not all alcoholics have the same symptoms, but many at different stages in the illness show these signs: They find that only alcohol can make them feel self-confident and at ease with other people; often want just one more at the end of a party; look forward to drinking occasions and think about them
a lot; get drunk when they had not planned to; try to control their drinking
by changing types of liquor, going on the wagon, or taking pledges; sneak
drinks; lie about their drinking; hide bottles; drink at work (or in
school); drink alone; have blackouts (that is, can-not remember the next
day what they said or did the night before); drink in the morning, to
relieve severe hangovers, guilty feelings and fears; fail to eat and
become malnourished; get cirrhosis of the liver; shake violently, hallucinate, or have convulsions when withdrawn from liquor.
Source: Some excerpts from — A.A.® Copyright © by A.A. Grapevine, Inc.; reprinted with permission Copyright © 1939 Alcoholic Foundation, — 1972 Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc. 475 Riverside Drive New York, NY 10115 Mail address: Box 459 Grand Central Station New York, NY 10163 www.aa.org