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A little ditty on the “Big Book” of Alcoholics Anonymous (Bills Story).

A little ditty on the “Big Book”, Alcoholics Anonymous (Bills Story). Why is Bill’s story the first chapter? Yes, Bills’ story is the first chapter following the doctors opinion. So it would seem that the doctor’s opinion is pretty important, then followed by Bills story, which is called Chapter 1. I cannot make any absolute confirmation to why Bills story was the first chapter, except to say that Bill was in fact the main author of the book, with much input from the original approximately one hundred members. Also Bills story is very much about identification for the reader. This…

A little ditty on the “Big Book”, Alcoholics Anonymous (The doctors opinion).

A little ditty on the “Big Book”, Alcoholics Anonymous (The doctors opinion). Who was the doctor that wrote this? William D. Silkworth, M.D. was Director of the Charles B. Towns Hospital for Drug and Alcohol Addictions in New York City, where he had treated, one of the founding members of AA, Bill W. several times before and was asked to write a letter on their behalf. Because of what he had seen in Bill and the few men that soon followed, the doctor was very happy to write a positive recommendation to put in their book. Why was this doctor’s…

Step Twelve: Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.

Step Twelve: Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs. The final step suggests a result from taking the previous eleven, that being a spiritual experience. Then attempting to take this experience out to other sufferers and finally to practice this in all our relationships and areas of our lives. What is a spiritual awakening? One definition is to awaken the spirit. For many, who have practiced these steps over time it is the release from the prison of the…

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,…

Step Three: Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood him.

Step Three:  Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood him. The steps seem to have a natural order of one step following into the next. If we have expressed willingness of the possibility that a higher power may be able to help solve our obsession then in the natural order of things turning to this power(God as we understand him) for help would make a lot of sense. How can I turn my whole life over to God? It is possible to turn your “whole life” over to…

3 Reasons To Become An Addiction Counselor

Being a substance abuse counselor is a rewarding career, but is it a good fit for you? Here are some reasons you might consider a career in addiction recovery counseling. You Have Personal Experience With Addiction Personal experience with addiction is one motivational reason why many people move into this career. Sometimes they had been addicts themselves. Or, perhaps you never experienced addiction personally, but a close friend or family member has. If the experience of watching a loved one go through a painful addiction had an impact on you, you may be driven by the desire to help others…

Who Qualifies for Drug Treatment Scholarships?

If you are attempting to enter a substance abuse facility, then you must find a way to pay for the program. It is possible that your employer-sponsored and private insurance plans will not cover all of the costs of detoxification and rehabilitation, but there are drug treatment scholarships available. In order to apply for a scholarship, you must complete forms that require information such as your age, gender and the type of drug abuse treatment required. What is the Level of Care with a Drug Treatment Scholarship? The level of care you receive with a drug treatment scholarship is the…

When You Get a Scholarship to Detox or Rehab, Does it Cover Everything?

If you have a drug addiction, then it is essential to seek assistance at a professional rehabilitation facility. Before beginning a 30 to 90 day treatment, you will need a minimum of three days in a detoxification program. These treatments cost money, and when your insurance coverage is not enough, it is possible for you to apply for a scholarship. In most cases, scholarships are part of a financial assistance package and will not cover 100 percent of the costs of treatment. How Long Will Treatment for Substance Abuse Last? Each of our clients in detoxification and rehabilitation require different…

What Makes Faith Based Christian Treatment Centers Different?

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, close to 24 million American people are addicted to drugs. The majority of people who are addicted to narcotic substances cannot overcome this problem on their own. Many people who are hooked on drugs will probably have to struggle with addiction for the rest of their lives. Even though addiction might seem like a hopeless situation – it certainly is not. People must use the services of a treatment center to effectively deal with this problem if they want to increase their chances of recovery. A faith-based Christian treatment center is one…