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Step Ten: Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.

Step Ten: Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it. By the time you have made every effort to clean up past harms and set matters straight, you have come a long way. Step 10 is the first of what many refer to as one of the maintenance steps. This is where we practice these steps on a daily basis . Step 10 is about daily self examination and cleaning up our current mistakes as we go along. What exactly does “continue” mean in this context? The word continue, according to Merriam-Webster dictionary means ;…

Step Nine: Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.

Step Nine: Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others. After making the list in step 8 it is now time to go out into the world and do our best to straighten out the past. This is the step that suggests that we make “direct amends” to those we have harmed. It is interesting that in the AA big book, when referring to the ninth step, it states, “remember we agreed we were willing to go to any length for victory over alcohol”. So if you are ever asked…

Step Six: Were entirely ready to have God remove all of these defects of character.

Step Six: Were entirely ready to have God remove all of these defects of character. After sharing your inventory in step 5 it is now time to use what I like to call “the power steps” , 6 and 7 , to get rid of these objectionable items. Step 6 is about drawing out the willingness to give them up. Once again willingness is the key. When you can look back and see that you were given freedom from alcohol/drugs or whatever the obsession, maybe now you can believe that God can take the defects of character as well. If…

Step Five: Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.

Step Five:  Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs. Having honestly written down some hard truths about ourselves in step 4, it may seem like a useless exercise in beating ourselves up for past resentments and  mistakes made. That might be true if not for the steps that follow .  Step 5 is the first part of the solution to these things we now have put on paper.   What are the exact nature of my wrongs? These are the things you wrote down in your 4th step inventory. Resentments, fears,…

5 Good Qualities of a Good Addiction Counselor

When you are ready to overcome an addiction to drugs or alcohol, it is time to meet with a counselor to begin the process of recovery. If you have never talked to a counselor before, then you need to know the qualities to look for when hiring an addiction therapist. Appropriate Education and Certification Each state has regulations concerning the appropriate education and certification for an addiction counselor, and our rehabilitation facilities follow these guidelines when hiring employees. You can verify a counselor’s certification by checking a state’s online professional regulation agency or making a telephone call to the agency.…

How Much Does It Cost To Become a Drug Counselor?

Drug counseling is a growing field; it is due in part to the new requirements of the Affordable Care Act which considers addiction a treatable disease. Many health services providers have added drug treatment to their services menus and medical care networks. Types of Counselors Counselors vary by the role that they play and the types of organizations they represent. Much of the current system of counseling for drug addictions grew from two very distinct branches. It grew from recovered addicts who became program resources to guide and counsel others on the path to recovery. These self-help organizations have played…

How Becoming a Drug and Alcohol Counselor Can Help Your Recovery

How Becoming a Drug and Alcohol Counselor Can Help Your Recovery Many recovering addicts become alcohol or drug addiction counselors after completing their own detoxification and rehabilitation program. It is actually helpful for a recovered addict to begin a career as an addiction counselor because they are immersing themselves in a 12-step recovery program on a daily basis while assisting new clients. The Level of Care Offered in Rehabilitation Centers Each rehabilitation center has its own methods to help clients overcome addiction to drugs or alcohol, but the level of individualized care is high. Each client undergoes an evaluation before…

How to Become an Addiction Counselor in Southern California

Helping others to overcome addiction is a noble career choice that offers opportunities to see your work change people’s lives. In southern California, it is necessary to comply with state regulations that demonstrate your competence before you can become an addiction counselor. If you have always wondered what it takes to become an addiction counselor, then here are the requirements that must be met before a person can be certified. Earn a Degree The first step toward becoming an addiction counselor is to obtain a degree in a Behavioral Science field that includes Addiction Counseling. The amount of time a…