How a 12-Step Program Put Me on the Path to Success

How a 12-Step Program Put Me on the Path to Success - group counseling - valley recovery centerA Personal Perspective

Some people need medically assisted treatment for detoxification when they enter recovery. The sudden absence of substances can have physiological effects on the body. While detoxing facilitates clearing the body of these substances under medical care, it does not address the underlying issue of addiction. I never needed to go to detox when I quit drinking and using drugs but I did need to address the many catalysts that led to my addiction. I chose a 12-step program right from the get-go.

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What are “Living Amends?”

living amends - mother and son - valley recovery centerTo understand what living amends are is to understand the concept behind amends in a 12 step program.

Part of healing the past is owning the wrongs we have made towards people and places while living in our addiction. An amends is not an apology or “I’m sorry” for a wrongdoing. The most widely accepted way to offer an amends is to simply state, “I did (fill in the blank), what can I do to make that right for you?”

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Naloxone: What You Should Know

Naloxone: What You Should Know - overdose - valley recovery centerWhat is Naloxone and what should you know about it?

Naloxone is an FDA-approved drug used to counteract the effects of an opioid overdose. When a narcotic overdose occurs, the individual will have labored (or may even stop) breathing, a slow heartbeat, and extreme drowsiness. Naloxone is not a cure for the overdose; instead, it will stop the symptoms for a period.

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Basis of the Whole-Person Care Approach to Recovery

Basis of the Whole-Person Care Approach to Recovery - mind body spirit - valley recovery centerA Personal Story

Being in recovery from alcoholism is not about alcohol at all. The basis of the whole-person care approach to recovery is about the underlying factors that drove me to use alcohol as a method to cope with life in general. When I began a 12-step program of recovery almost three years ago, I had no idea that I, the whole person, needed healing. Through working with a sponsor and working the steps of the program, I began to unveil all the aspects of my life that were not in order. As I look back and continue in recovery, I see that all of these uncared-for corners of my life were the balled-up messes of my emotional and spiritual problems.

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