Why 12-Step Meetings Honor Time with Plastic Chips

When many people think about Alcoholics Anonymous, they picture the chips used to signify important milestones in sobriety. These chips have become widely recognized as symbols of AA, even though many people are unaware of the history and significance of their use. At my12stepstore.com, we enjoy sharing information and resources with our community and are proud to offer the following overview of how and why chips became such a big part of the AA experience. As other 12- step groups have started so has the significance of celebrating recovery time. Continue reading

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Simple Ways to Celebrate National Recovery Month

Simple Ways to Celebrate National Recovery Month

National Recovery Month (Recovery Month) is a national observance held every September to educate Americans that substance use treatment and mental health services can enable those with a mental and/or substance use disorder to live a healthy and rewarding life. http://www.my12stepstore.com/What-Addicts-Know.html   http://www.my12stepstore.com/Alcoholics-Anonymous-Voices-of-Long-Term-Sobriety-Book.html

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Tips on How to Enjoy Labor Day While Living a Sober Lifestyle

Everyone who has struggled with addiction knows how hard it can be to get through a holiday. Christmas and Thanksgiving offer their own unique challenges, but the “lesser” holidays can also be difficult to weather. The good news is that with the right mix of motivation and effort, it is possible to enjoy holiday celebrations while also supporting your sobriety. The following tips are offered on behalf of My12StepStore.com in the hopes of making the upcoming Labor Day an excellent experience and something to truly look forward to.  Continue reading

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Learning How to Forgive Yourself and Others


Forgiveness plays a significant role in conquering addiction, whether it is forgiveness of yourself or forgiving others. These can be difficult hurdles to clear, especially when addiction has played a significant role in your life for a long period of time. The team at My12StepStore.com would like to offer the following tips on how to attain forgiveness and move beyond feelings of shame, remorse and resentment. Here’s also a terrific book to read http://www.my12stepstore.com/product2600.html Continue reading

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Let’s be CRYSTAL CLEAR, meth takes you down fast, most don’t survive.

Crystal meth (meth) is the common name for crystal methamphetamine, a strong and highly addictive drug that affects the central nervous system. Has many street names, Tina, ice, glass… it’s a popular party drug. Usually, users smoke crystal meth with a small glass pipe, but they may also swallow it, snort it, or inject it into a vein. People say they have a quick rush of euphoria shortly after using it. But it’s highly dangerous. http://www.my12stepstore.com/Crystal-Meth-Anonymous-Crystal-Clear-CMA.html

The powerful rush people get from using meth causes many to get hooked right from the start. When it’s used, a chemical called dopamine floods the parts of the brain that regulate feelings of pleasure. Users also feel confident and energetic. A user can become addicted quickly and soon finds he or she will do anything to have the rush again. As one continues to use the drug, you build up a tolerance. That means a need for higher doses to get the same high. The higher the dose, the higher the risks. http://www.my12stepstore.com/Nartcotics-Anonymous-Living-Clean-Book.html

Writer and columnist of The Share, Paulo Murillo, asked a few clean and sober folks with various lengths of clean time to share about their experiences with crystal meth. They agreed to share in hopes it helps someone. http://www.my12stepstore.com/product2560.html

ULTIMATE FREEDOM Crystal meth became my everything quickly. I put the drug in front of my family and everything I loved about myself went completely by the wayside. I just lived to use.

The scariest part about crystal for me were the audio and visual hallucinations. That is the main reason I stopped using. The drug is all consuming and the consequences were homelessness, insanity, psychosis and hospitalization. You are depriving your body of all the basic needs—sleep, food, water, and eventually you end up psychotic. Crystal is a liar. It tells you are going to connect with people, sexually, intimately, or otherwise, but the exact opposite happens. It was very isolating and any sexual connection was completely devoid of intimacy.

Being clean is the ultimate freedom. Crystal does not run my life anymore. I get to actually be there for others, the isolation is over and peace of mind has returned.” —Mike Bealor, clean & sober since November 7, 2013. http://www.my12stepstore.com/Quitting-Meth-Workbook.html

SENSE OF SELF I did meth, but I mostly abused Adderall, which is a legalized form of meth. I did it to stay up all night and to seemingly have fun, but it got to a point where I wouldn’t know where I was, or how I got there. I would lose all sense of self. It made me paranoid, anxious and angry. I don’t recommend people doing crystal meth because of how it affects you physically. It’s very bad for your health, especially for people who like to go to the gym and invest time on their bodies. http://www.my12stepstore.com/Abused-Boys-Wounded-Men-Workbook.html

Today, I can have fun sober and still be a part of. I love that I can wake up the next day and remember what happened the night before. I can get to work and not walk around wondering what happened to my clothes. You don’t have to do drugs to party. Saying no is an option and that is an option that I take every day.” —Armando Melendez, clean & sober since July 4, 2014. http://www.my12stepstore.com/product2388.html

http://www.my12stepstore.com/Gay-Men-And-Substance-Abuse-Alcoholics-Anonymous-Narcotics-Anonymous.html OFF THE STREETS I was 21 when I first did crystal. I met a cute guy that I really liked. I was only going to do it one time, but that one time turned into almost 20 years of addiction. http://www.my12stepstore.com/Answers-In-The-Heart.html

It was kind of fun in the beginning because I was able to stay up all night, but in the end, that stopped working. I’d be tired, depressed and paranoid. I thought people were trying to kill me. A couple of times, I wanted to jump out of windows. I called the ambulance on myself because I thought I was dying numerous times. I also thought my family had turned against me. I was making bad decisions. None of it was good. I felt alone. http://www.my12stepstore.com/Heroin-2nd-Edition.html

Today, I feel like I’m one of the lucky ones, because there are plenty of people who don’t get to recover from their addiction to meth. I’m close to my family, I’m off the streets, and I have a job that allows me to pay my bills. Things are starting to interest me again. I have a lot of people on my side. I’m grateful for my life today. I no longer feel alone.” —Brandon Dehart, clean & sober since August 26, 2016.

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Take a Deep Breath and Relax

“You really need to relax.” How many times have you heard that nugget of advice from well-meaning friends, family and recovery professionals? While the fundamental idea of that message may be accurate, achieving relaxation is something that often proves challenging, even for people who have never struggled with addiction. The following tips are offered by My12StepStore.com to help you find ways to truly relax and recharge. We hope that you find these ideas useful and that you share them with others as you advance on your path toward sober living.  Continue reading

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Ways to Make Friends with Your Body Image


Being able to accept yourself as you are is an important part of sober living. Self-love might be challenging for you, but there are several ways that you can overcome this and learn to have a positive body image. The following ideas can help you adopt a healthy focus on yourself physically and mentally. Continue reading

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5 Ways to Have a Happy Summer

Summer’s slower pace is an ideal time to focus on taking care of yourself and celebrating sober living. Use the following ideas to stay happy and healthy the entire season. Continue reading

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What If I Can’t Afford Rehab?


Many people in 12-step recovery do not go to rehab. You can go to 12-step meetings and start a recovery program that works for you with a support system. Rehab has become more common as addiction and the overdose rate has risen in recent years.  Continue reading

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How to Deal with Isolation in Recovery

Humans are naturally social animals; they rely on each other for basic survival. The lack of social connections is emotionally discomforting, but it can also have a significant impact on your physical and mental health. Unfortunately, one of the most difficult things for those who are in recovery after completing drug or alcohol rehab is building a new social network. Continue reading

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