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“It works if you work it.”

If you’ve been to 12 Step programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) or Narcotics Anonymous (NA), then chances are good that you have heard this popular program catchphrase. Here’s another variation: “AA will work if you want it to work.”

But is it really true? Is it possible to work a 12 Step program wholeheartedly and have it not work for you?

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When you’re ready to get clean and sober, you want to ensure that you’re going to a facility with useful programs. For many years, medical professionals didn’t know how to help people who were struggling with addiction. In recent decades, the medical community has come a long way in discovering effective methods for treating addiction. The evidence based treatment center Seattle residents need will employ many of these approaches.

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Do you need to hang your head in shame because of the choices you made in the past, when you were in mental and emotional pain and didn’t know any other way?

Does being completely responsible for your experiences mean that every bad thing that happened to you is your fault?

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For many local residents, detox in Seattle seems like the obvious choice. While detox is a good start, it’s only the very first step on the road toward recovery. After detox, it’s important to address the underlying core issues and work toward relapse prevention. Explore the benefits of treatment after detox is complete.

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Did you know that the cells of your body are affected by your thoughts? It’s true. That’s what “the biology of belief” means: that the thoughts racing through your mind on a moment-to-moment basis have the power to build up or tear down your physical and mental health, including addictive tendencies.

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Not all drugs come in pill or powder form. Lean is one of the most dangerous drugs out there, and it comes as a beverage. What is Lean? Learn more about the drug, why it's dangerous, and how you can fight back against a lean addiction.

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Here's what I know from helping hundreds of people struggling with addiction ... 

Your recovery looks much different when you gain confidence.

When you feel confident, you don't hesitate to make the decisions that are right for you. You don't go back and forth on your word, exhausting yourself with pros and cons. You don't shy away from your depression, anxiety, and trauma.

Instead, you do the work of healing your underlying core issues. You show up, speak up, and stand up. You live from your heart, with a deep sense of worth and belonging. 
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At the end of the year, it's always a good time to look back and reflect on what has changed. Unfortunately, addiction is still a big problem in the United States. In some areas, however, we can see some positive changes, which is encouraging. Take a closer look at these 2017 addiction statistics to see the ways that we as a country still need to improve.

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Taking the 12 steps on the journey to overcome drugs or alcohol may not be the right solution for most people. They may find that the best non 12 step rehab programs have more to offer as they struggle with an addiction.

Recovery requires an effective approach. Choosing from more than one option can in itself be empowering.

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Often people in recovery fall into the trap of believing that in order to stay clean, they have to say goodbye to playfulness, spontaneity, and fun.

As it turns out, when you disown any aspect of yourself, you only slow down your healing.

Journalist, author, and recovering alcoholic Neil Steinberg said it well in our conversation about The Adventure of Recovery:

"if Keith Richards can create this mythos of a heroin addiction, then why can't we create a mythos of recovery? To me, recovery is an adventure. I don't want to live a dull life.”

We agree. Giving up alcohol doesn’t mean giving up on fun, festivity, and good cheer. On the contrary, you can enjoy yourself even more without the guilt, shame, and hangovers!

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