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 Post subject: Clean Time
PostPosted: Sat Nov 04, 2017 11:37 am 
I didn’t write the following commentary myself, but I identified with it so strongly I felt it was worth sharing. I found it in the comments section of the online magazine “The Fix”, under an article entitled “Why I Don’t Have a Sobriety Date”.


“As a person who has been in/around the field for many years, and one who has ceased the use of drugs; my personal experience and feelings associated with sobriety/clean time countdowns ...

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 Post subject: A fantastic article that summed up my 12-step experience
PostPosted: Thu Feb 18, 2016 9:53 pm 
Good to know there are other people out there with the capacity and desire to question the program's dogma.

https://www.thefix.com/aa-without-12-steps

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AA, Without the 12 Steps

By Hank Murphy 02/10/16

I took a few basic AA principles that helped me stop drinking and left step 3 through 11 behind. I found my own path to healing and so can you.

The book In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts by Gabor Maté quotes Dr. Bruce Perry, a ...

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 Post subject: Two tears for Suboxone
PostPosted: Wed Dec 09, 2015 9:19 pm 
Here's a fantastic article written by an NA OCM (Older Cleaner Member) about how Suboxone treatment is viewed within the 12-step fellowships.

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Two Tears for Suboxone
By MICHAEL CLUNE


Why is the addiction-recovery world so adamantly against a pill that helps users kick heroin?

Imagine you’ve been diagnosed with a fatal disease and you have two options for treatment. In the first option the doctor directs you to an Institution where the staff speak in ...

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 Post subject: How Obamacare is killing AA membership
PostPosted: Wed Dec 02, 2015 8:43 pm 
https://www.thefix.com/content/how-obamacare-killing-aa%E2%80%99s-membership

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Under Obamacare, insurance will only pay for evidence-based treatment. Consequently, rehabs are eliminating 12-step groups in favor of harm reduction and other statistically strong methods.

There is a section of the Affordable Care Act of 2008 called the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act. The Mental Health Parity Act of 2008 requires that insurance pay equally for mental and addiction treatment as general medical treatment. It ensures that if a person requires a ...

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 Post subject: Hazelden and Suboxone
PostPosted: Wed Dec 02, 2015 8:35 pm 
This was a fantastic article from 2 years ago detailing the shift in attitude towards maintenance that's happened over at Hazelden.

Now (in 2015) it seems a lot of the 12-step inpatient rehabs are under fire due to Obamacare requiring treatment be "evidence based" in order to qualify for insurance cover. And given 12-step groups reluctance to be studied by the scientific community, they no longer can claim to be evidence based.

It seems we're ...

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 Post subject: Starting a new NA meeting. HELP!
PostPosted: Fri Oct 02, 2015 3:48 am 
The area I live in their are no NA meetings only AA. The closest NA meeting is over an hour away.. anyways I know the basics of starting the meeting like I need drinks, cookies/snacks, the sober chips ect i also want to do a closed group unless open is better I'm new to this so I'm not sure what to pick. I don't have many friends in the area so I want to post ...

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 Post subject: Online Sponsors?
PostPosted: Sun Apr 13, 2014 12:55 pm 
Hi everyone! As I stated in my introduction, I'm a newbie to this kind of thing. This question may have been asked in another forum, if so, I apologize for being repetitive. I have been in Sub treatment for 10 months. I go to the sub doc and see my counselor weekly. My counselor is concerned because I have very little support in my life. I know one of the steps of recovery is being ...

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 Post subject: First Timer/ First Blog
PostPosted: Mon Oct 21, 2013 3:25 am 
Hi guys!
Let me just start by saying.... this is the very first time I have ever stumbled upon ANY type of Suboxone support group/ forum, and to say I am releaved is the understatement of the decade! A quick run down about me: I am a 27 yr old student living in the FL Keys, and am new to the island (moved here with my sis about a yr ago). I made the personal ...

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 Post subject: help with doctors who are huge fans of meetings
PostPosted: Mon Sep 02, 2013 10:37 pm 
my suboxone doc cut me off because i wouldn't agree to go to meetings. he said he would no longer prescribe sub unless i went to meetings. yeah, screw that. i have an appt. with another doc but i feel like he is going to tell me the same "you have to go to meetings, you have to work the steps, you have to get a sponsor". i really hope he is more open minded ...

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 Post subject: Hopeless Newbie
PostPosted: Fri Aug 02, 2013 2:02 pm 
That's all really. I saved you the long and pathetic story about how I feel like a loser, especially for being on Suboxone for over 15 months and too much of a 'female cat' to get off of it. Also my failed weans and cold-turkey jumps. On top of it, I'm stuck on Paxil as well, which has completely changed my personality over the last 11 years. I HATE who I've become! I just long ...

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