Sincere Ways to Offer Condolences to Someone Experiencing Grief

Offering someone condolences after a loss isn’t easy or comfortable, but it is one of the most human things that you can offer — your sincere feelings of empathy. There are plenty of things not to say during this difficult and emotional time, but how can you find exactly the right words that will be well-received without adding to their pain? Here are some ideas of ways to communicate your willingness to be there in their time of need and comfort your friends or relatives as best you can.  Continue reading

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“Say the Second Thing” Book Signing Event


Say the Second Thing

By Johnny W. Allem



Wednesday, July 25, 4:00 – 7p

8730 Santa Monica Blvd, B – West Hollywood, 90069

310 623 1702

“Say the Second Thing” furnishes proven, realistic and thoughtful “tools” to address daily situations people face in early addiction recovery (first three years). Each essay focuses on an effective strategy for maintaining and growing recovery in challenges to an individual’s mind, body and spirit. These tools can be learned and practiced methodically or indexed for specific challenges. They are “suggestions” conveyed in a contemporary voice of an experienced helper.


Johnny Allem

A leading recovery advocate in the modern era

  • 2016 recipient of the William L. White Lifetime Achievement Award of Faces and Voices of Recovery.
  • Featured in ANONYMOUS PEOPLE, Greg William’s 2015 film celebrating the vitality and importance of the addiction recovery movement and its power to change minds.
  • Founder and President of Aquila Recovery Clinic, a cutting edge, outpatient addiction health facility in Washington, DC.
  • A Founder and original Board Member of Faces and Voices of Recovery.
  • Author in 2004 of “Seven Policies to Cure Addiction In Our Lifetime.”
  • Trustee for 12 years of Stepping Stones Foundation, maintaining the home and messages of Bill and Lois Wilson in Bedford Hills, NY.
  • Former President of Johnson Institute, featuring the pioneering work of Vernon Johnson, credited with “raising the bottom” for people entering recovery.
  • Practicing recovery from alcohol and other drug addiction since March, 1982.
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How Do We Talk to Our Kids About Drugs and Alcohol?

These days, young children are exposed to conflicting messages about drugs and alcohol from an early age. In some cases, drugs and alcohol are glorified as being fun and exciting, while at other times, they are condemned for being unhealthy and dangerous. Children are remarkably impressionable, especially when they are young, so you want to ensure that your little one takes away the right message about substance abuse. Here’s how to help your kids understand the possible dangers of drugs and alcohol.  Continue reading

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How to Find a Good, Affordable Rehab Program

Making the decision to enter rehab to battle your addiction is an incredible milestone in of itself, so congratulations are in order for choosing to embrace sobriety and a new to live. However, many rehab facilities are incredibly expensive, making it difficult for those who don’t have unlimited funds to get the treatment they need. Fortunately, you have numerous affordable, or even free, options available to you.

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My 12 Step Store Hosts Book Signing in West Hollywood

My 12 Step Store Hosts Book Signing in West Hollywood

We are pleased to have you join us for our first book singing of the summer. Our half indoor, half outdoor book signing is a lovely way to start the summer right with joyful recovery.
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Tasty Treats That Will Make a Big Splash at Your July 4th Event

Summertime is a fun time, and the 4th of July is the perfect opportunity to celebrate togetherness and freedom. This summer, you will be the hit of the party when you show up with these delicious recipes. From light and delicious food to colorful and refreshing drinks, you are sure to find something to enjoy in these recipes. Continue reading

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Tips for Traveling Sober

Traveling is a great way to see the world, broadening your horizons and exposing you to different cultures and ways of life. However, it can also present unique challenges to your sobriety, especially if you are new to sober living. To help ensure your next trip is a success, follow these tips.  Continue reading

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MY 12 Step Store Opens Pop-up Stores in New York for NYC Pride Week


For the second year, My 12 Step Store West Hollywood will open a Pop-Up store in New York City during NYC Pride weekend, June 23-24, 2018. We are excited to announce the locations, which are in conjunction with the Gay Sober Men (GSM) Conference taking place June 21-24, 2018. GSM is a non-profit organization that provides a safe, fun, and enriching experience to the sober community encourage unity and enhance one’s sobriety.

My 12 Step Store Pop-Up Stores will feature some of the most popular items found at our West Hollywood location as well as in our online store. Items will include the beautiful Pride Rainbow Swarovski Crystal Bling Medallions in various styles, along with our limited-edition GSM Commemorative coin, signature recovery t-shirts, various medallions covering a vast number of years, and much more.

Our Pop-Up Stores will take place June 20th – 25th. The primary location will be at Hotel Moxy Times Square. Other store venues located at the NYC Rosenthal pavilion and Circle Line sightseeing cruises.

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My 12 Step Store is coming up on 15 years of providing love and service for all 12-step programs in the recovering community. The recovery book and gift store is located in the heart of West Hollywood USA and ships worldwide. We offer various ways to make 12-recovery fun and livable for all walks of life. We have the largest collection of the splashiest medallion styles, fun apparel, Silver and gold 12-step jewelry including the Surrender Collection, along with prayer bookmarks, unique gifts and inspirational recovery cards.

Visit us online at: Email: 310 623 1702

Visit us: My 12 Step Store 8730 Santa Monica Blvd.  West Hollywood CA 90069

New York contact:  RJ Holguin,

GSM is an International conference in NYC for gay and Sober men. The non-profit organization empowers community members to lead healthy, successful lives. It proudly celebrates the LGBTQ community’s diversity and advocate for those that are new to the journey of sobriety. Their events facilitate face-to-face recovery and provide a safe, fun, and enriching experience to the sober community. Their primary purpose is to encourage unity and enhance one’s sobriety. Conference dates are June 21-24, 2018. To learn more, visit: Email:

NYC Pride offers something for everyone during NYC Pride Week. Heritage of pride works toward a future without discrimination where all people have equal rights under the law. We do this by producing LGBTQIA+ Pride events that inspire, educate, commemorate and celebrate our diverse community. The week conclude with Out in the streets for the biggest Pride celebration in the world! On June 24th, 2018

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Is Your Recovery Ready for Summer?

Is Your Recovery Ready for Summer?

It’s time to enjoy some fun in the sun! That means plenty of outdoor picnics and pool parties. While this all sounds like innocent fun (and it should be), the fact is that summertime get-togethers can often test your recovery. With plenty of alcohol drinks being poured, and possibly weed or other drugs being passed around you will need a strategy to avoid the trappings of these outings. Continue reading

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Celebrating Sober Dads

Celebrating Sober Dads

Not only is June the month when warm weather and school vacations are in full swing, but it’s when Father’s Day is celebrated. It is traditionally a day that begins with breakfast in bed, gifts of clay handprints and of course that old idea of a new tie. This year, instead of the traditional activities and gifts, here are some fun, sober ideas on how to spend the day celebrating your dad, brother, grandfather or any important man in your life. Continue reading

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