Since its inception in the early 20th century, Alcoholics Anonymous (simply called “AA” by many) has grown exponentially. The peer recovery and self-help program has endured the test of time, growing in popularity, with current membership estimated to be more than 2 million members worldwide, according to AA.org. But while the program and its terminology have become part of modern culture, how much do you really know about the 12 Steps?
Summer is over, and that means back to school. It’s an exciting time of new school supplies, haircuts, and Instagram feeds full of perfectly posed children holding chalkboards announcing the new grade they’re entering.
When substance addiction appears in relationships, the elements that once made things click begin to deteriorate. Those battling addiction begin focusing on getting the drugs to maintain their habit — and their high — at whatever the cost.
Remaining faithful to your recovery efforts may be the most challenging thing you’ve ever had to do. The reasons that lead many to live lives with addiction vary, but addiction is usually the byproduct of adversity and trauma, which pushes individuals to pursue unhealthy and dangerous ways to cope.