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Can I Attend AA and Another 12-Step Program at the Same Time?

October 11, 2021 | Autumn Jerumbo

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) is a 12-step program for people who desire to live a life of sobriety. The 12 Steps are a path to surrender, clarity, connection, accountability, and integrity.1 You can choose from multiple types of Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, and you can attend more than one type of 12 step program at a time….

How Can I Help My Spouse Understand AA?

September 21, 2021 | Susanne Reed, PhD

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) is a worldwide peer-led support group that can provide you with motivation to maintain abstinence from, the opportunity to improve recovery skills, and support to reduce cravings and impulsive behaviors.1 Support and understanding from your spouse or partner can be a key part of your recovery. Open AA meetings, the sister group…

How to Drink Responsibly

September 20, 2021 | Susanne Reed, PhD

The results of the 2019 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 85.6% of Americans over the age of 18 reported consuming alcohol at some point in their life. 1 While alcohol is a legal substance for people over 21 in the U.S., many individuals struggle to drink responsibly. Approximately 26% of people in the…

What Are the Alcoholics Anonymous Daily Reflections?

September 20, 2021 | Hannah Sumpter

Long-term recovery from alcohol addiction may include attendance at 12-step groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA).1 As you familiarize yourself with the AA program and AA literature, you may be introduced to the AA Daily Reflections as a way to connect with resources and the experiences of others privately on a regular basis. In this…

4 Strategies for Overcoming Shame Around Alcohol Misuse

September 17, 2021 | Jordana White

Alcohol is one of the most misused substances in the United States.1 Many people experience shame, guilt, or regret about their alcohol use or their behavior associated with it, like arguments with family and friends or uninhibited actions.1 Overcoming shame can be a barrier to seeking alcohol addiction treatment or progressing in recovery. In this…

Taking an “Opposite Action” to Prevent Relapse

September 4, 2021 | Ruben Bermea, LPC

When intense emotions lead to strong urges, taking an opposite action can help you make choices that preserve your sobriety.1 Addiction and substance use disorders can cause urges to use alcohol or drugs, even after you have completed a recovery program.2, 3 The concept of the opposite action is a form of emotional regulation that…

Can I Attend AA With People I Know?

September 1, 2021 | Caitlin Boyd

You may choose to attend your their first open Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meeting with friends or family.1 You may depend on your loved ones’ encouragement and support as you pursue recovery. You may also encounter people you know by happenstance as you attend AA meetings. However, it isn’t always a good idea to attend meetings…

Is Relapse a Decision?

August 31, 2021 | Caitlin Boyd

People with alcohol addiction often relapse, especially during their early recovery.1 Relapse doesn’t mean that treatment has failed, and it’s not a sign of personal weakness. It is possible, with help, to make positive decisions that support long-term recovery and make avoiding relapse less difficult in the future. In this article: How Does Alcohol Addiction…

Anxiety: Before, During, and After Alcohol Use

August 30, 2021 | Hannah Sumpter

People who misuse alcohol may also experience symptoms of anxiety and anxiety disorders. Research has found a strong correlation between anxiety and alcohol use.1 In this article: What Is Anxiety? How Is Alcohol Used as a Coping Mechanism for Anxiety? How Does Alcohol Cause Anxiety Can Alcohol Addiction and Anxiety Disorders Occur Together? What Is…

The Importance of Step Work in AA

August 27, 2021 | Caitlin Boyd

The Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) program includes more than 2 million members in about 180 nations worldwide.1 Many AA members use working the 12 Steps to adjust their thought patterns and manage the urge to use alcohol, helping them create a social and cognitive framework that supports staying sober. Working the 12 Steps can be one…

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