As many as one in four addicts who seek recovery services have previously tried to quit their drug, alcohol or behavioral addiction. Twelve-step recovery programs, which are based on the well-known Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) model, are successful for many people. However, some people seeking help to overcome their addiction struggle to find inspiration in the 12 steps.
Behind every recovering addict is a recovery hero — the person (or people) who never gave up hope that recovery was possible and supported the addicted loved one throughout their recovery process. Continue reading
For many addicts in recovery and participating in 12-step programs or rehab, steps eight and nine are the most dreaded. You are expected to list everyone you wronged because of your addiction and then make amends. To revisit the past and the people you hurt is a daunting task. How addiction affects the family is major, and facing family members who disowned you can be the scariest part.