Recover Integrity: Blog

Alcoholics Anonymous Although somewhat known for dogma - actually has gone out of the way to NOT be dogmatic.   Everything is languaged from a place of suggestion as opposed to declarative statements for how you are supposed to be.   When you see it in the literature of Alcoholics Anonymous, you notice that these were people who were not only NOT particularly dogmatic, but they were also sensitive to the fact that people would be sensitive to dogma.   I am...

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The One major, legitimate critique of traditional 12-step recovery that I hear a lot (and agree with) Dogma.   Which is basically some authority prescribing rules or structure, usually rigid or fixed rules, to a system.   You find that in AA, and for some people that’s a big turn off I don't like that, I’m a questioner, a doubter, I'm curious… and it doesn’t work well with me or a lot of people.   So how do you deal with this?...

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dual diagnosis treatment for mental health and addiction

Some time ago, I had the opportunity to work in the Skid Row area of downtown Los Angeles. In those days (the early ’90s) the residents of the area were divided between need “mental health services” or those needing “addiction services.”  This distinction was usually the result of some odd government funding rules or just the general ignorance of the time. It must have been extremely frustrating for clients to walk back and forth between...

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What to expect in this episode:   People suffering from addiction often feel very rebellious inside The most radical thing about AA is that it's completely detached from the market Alcoholics Anonymous is rebellious, it rejects traditional hierarchy & is free Alcoholics Anonymous is for Rebels    The other thing about Alcoholics Anonymous; addicts and alcoholics often feel rebellious inside.   There’s a rebel piece that grows inside of us during the teenage years and sometimes we have a hard time...

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What to expect in this episode:   Where, specifically, is your resistance coming from? CBT & DBT are nice , but they are cost prohibitive The most radical thing about AA is that it's FREE   The Controversial Nature of Alcoholics Anonymous   The resistance that people have to the 12 steps can be overcome.   What it takes is a person understanding specifically where your resistance is and walking you through it; allowing you to see it and understand it in...

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What to expect in this episode:   Is recovery (just) abstinence? You won't be protected from relapse unless you learn to change and grow through the underlying issues The fastest way to learn, grow, and change is to be in an immersive environment. That's why the recovery community is so important.   Is Recovery Abstinence?   The fundamental question is: What is Recovery?   People don’t ask it because they think they know the answer, but answering that question wrong leads to...

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