Recover Integrity: Blog

Adam Mindel Interventionist with patient

As I look back over the last several months of working with individuals and families towards recovery, I promise I am terribly understating when I describe interventions as a process versus an event. All interventions are a process, I promise you, and I promise you so is recovery. Firsthand, I reflect on my nearly 17-year journey of recovery and recognize the years I spent in my addiction leading up to my current sobriety as all...

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Let’s face it, the media has an impact on our opinions and how we view the world. Unfortunately, seeing the world through the eyes of the media isn’t always...

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Coming to treatment has always been a hard threshold to cross - but more so now… Working in treatment for a long time, I’ve experienced greater consumer wariness.   People are more hesitant to send their loved ones to treatment and people who are looking for treatment are more hesitant to come. I think one of the reasons is the discourse about addiction, treatment and recovery has hit the mainstream, and one of the things that has...

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[vc_row row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" text_align="left" box_shadow_on_row="no"][vc_column][vc_column_text] Dogma is not actually something I would want to get rid of within Alcoholics Anonymous.   I would also say dogma is not something that I want to get rid of in alcoholics anonymous. On some level, what it means to be a person in recovery, who's engaged in traditional 12 steps is to have some sense of acceptance, that you are not in charge of the world.   And it's sort of...

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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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