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The 12 Steps—Super Effective Addiction Recovery!

From time to time, I notice various treatment programs and therapists criticizing the 12 Steps as “ineffective” or “outdated.” When I dig deeper I typically find one or more of the following to be true—

1.  The 12-Step critic is trying to market, sell or promote some kind of alternative treatment philosophy to gain exposure, notoriety […]

By |September 18th, 2018|Recovery Blog|Comments Off on The 12 Steps—Super Effective Addiction Recovery!

Take the Alcoholism Test to Rate Your Drinking

If you drink, where would you rate yourself on the drinking scale? Occasional drinker; social events only; just on the weekends; I can hold my liquor; I get drunk but it’s no big deal . . .

From a purely factual reality standpoint, many drinkers underestimate or understate their drinking level. This becomes even more prevalent […]

By |August 27th, 2018|Recovery Blog|Comments Off on Take the Alcoholism Test to Rate Your Drinking

Are You Co-Dependent on an Addict?

From personal experience I can tell you that co-dependency is a very normal and natural reaction when a loved one has an addiction that they won’t address or face. Addicts we care about know how to push all of our co-dependency buttons.

At first we might buy in to all of their rationalizations, justifications and outright […]

By |August 21st, 2018|Recovery Blog|Comments Off on Are You Co-Dependent on an Addict?

The Summer Party is Almost Over! Time to Get Sober?

Although it’s hard to believe, summer 2018 is closing fast! And if you or someone you love has a drinking or drug problem, then it’s likely been a summer of “party on dude!” and worry about the consequences later. Well, “later” is here—it’s called “the end of summer.” So what now? Do you get serious […]

By |August 16th, 2018|Recovery Blog|Comments Off on The Summer Party is Almost Over! Time to Get Sober?

Willpower ≠ Recovery!

Here at Action Recovery Group, a LOT of people come into our drug and alcohol rehab program because they have tried a thousand times to overcome drug or alcohol addiction on their own and they just keep failing! It is very typical for struggling addicts to use one primary strategy in their attempt to break […]

By |July 16th, 2018|Recovery Blog|Comments Off on Willpower ≠ Recovery!

Action Free Family Education & Support Group

Alcohol and drug addiction happens to the best of families. The more a family can learn about alcohol and drug addiction, the more they can help their struggling loved one, as well as themselves.

Every Monday night, from 6:30 to 8:00 pm, one of Action’s professional team presents vital education and support to parents, spouses and […]

By |June 29th, 2018|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Action Free Family Education & Support Group

How is Drug Addiction Affecting Your Family?

A big part of recovery success nearly always includes the involvement of the addict’s family. Here at Action Recovery Group, along with a very strong focus on the recovery of the individual, we also provide a lot of education, support and healing opportunities for spouses, parents and other family members. This is essential because addiction […]

By |June 18th, 2018|Recovery Blog|Comments Off on How is Drug Addiction Affecting Your Family?

What’s Harder—Recovery or Addiction?

Have you “dabbled” in recovery?

For years I “dabbled” in recovery—trying for awhile but always running back to my addict brain’s go-to-solution for self-medication and self-soothing in the face of life’s pressures and my own unwanted feelings and emotions. Whenever I couldn’t cope with life, I became a sort of “Houdini”–an “escape artist.”

What has your addiction taken […]

By |June 12th, 2018|Recovery Blog|Comments Off on What’s Harder—Recovery or Addiction?

Recovery isn’t just for Celebrities!

We’ve all seen the tabloids plastered with the latest juicy gossip about another celebrity drug scandal, drunken brawl or fifth visit to rehab. Miraculously, there are actually celebs that get clean and stay that way! Here’s a list of 29 top celebrities who did just that—http://ibnlive.in.com/news/10-hollywood-actors-that-have-battled-some-serious-addiction-issues-and-come-out-clean/543478-79.html

The great news is, you don’t have to be a […]

By |May 21st, 2018|Recovery Blog|Comments Off on Recovery isn’t just for Celebrities!

Your Best Friend in Recovery!

Here at Action Recovery Group we are BIG believers in helping people in recovery build a strong support system around them. This includes our programs and staff here at Action; clean and sober family members and friends; 12-Step support groups; spiritual connections, and many others.

With all of that said, there is one major support that […]

By |May 8th, 2018|Recovery Blog|Comments Off on Your Best Friend in Recovery!