Tag Archives: 12-Step Program

Tag Archives: 12-Step Program


Volunteering and doing service in recoveryThe 12th Step of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) states:

“Having had a spiritual awakening as a result of these Steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.”

12-Step programs emphasize service heavily, but why? Many people in who have completed the 12-Steps discover how truly transformative it can be to strengthen the mind, body and spirit, as when addiction is active, it clings onto all three of these essential aspects of wellbeing. Service, as it relates to the 12-Step program, often involves supporting others in their journey to recovery and giving them the tools and resources, they need to complete a 12-Step program themselves. In 2015, one writer shared their story of recovery and the 12-Step program via The Fix. They stated,

“I wasn’t going back [to addiction], that was for sure. Everything had improved, and when a new person stumbled into a meeting, I had no choice but to be willing to help him or her as I had been helped.”

Those in recovery often go on to provide service to others in many ways:

  • Sharing what has helped them recover
  • Inviting others to 12-Step meetings
  • Encouraging people to seek help
  • Serving as a sponsor and leading meetings
  • Becoming an addiction recovery counselor
  • Volunteering at a local addiction recovery organization
  • And more

Addiction is a devastating disease that takes so much time, effort and support in order to become restored from it. Service benefits communities by passing down the love that one has received throughout their own journey of recovery, and it gives others the opportunity to benefit from local resources as well. Service also does a lot for the person who has found success in recovery, such as:

  • A sense of fulfillment from the work they do
  • Betterment in helping others
  • Personal growth and transformation as they develop their own skill sets
  • Reinforcement of their own recovery

If you are currently in recovery, consider making a difference in your 12-Step program today. If you are currently struggling with addiction, seek the help you need now – there is an entire community waiting to support you.

Cumberland Heights is a nonprofit alcohol and drug-addiction treatment center located on the banks of the Cumberland river in Nashville, Tennessee. On a sprawling 177-acre campus, we are made up of 2 12-Step immersion campuses, 12 outpatient recovery centers and 4 sober living homes. We believe that each person has a unique story to tell – and that’s why we always put the patient first.

Extend your heart during meditation and recovery“Your own capacity for loving, whether you know it or not, is infinite.”

They say that when we open our heart and give love and kindness to others, we ourselves feel happier and more connected to people. Addiction can separate us from those we love and from activities that mean a lot to us, as addiction “hijacks” the brain and causes us to focus on one thing: substances. We lie to those we love, we steal, we say hurtful things and we miss out on opportunities that can truly enrich our lives. Addiction recovery is about gaining that back – and through service, we can do this.

A type of Buddhist meditation, loving-kindness meditation is about extending warmth and love to other people. As Medium suggests, there are four parts to loving-kindness:

  • Loving-kindness
  • Compassion
  • Sympathetic joy (being truly joyful in the good fortune of others)
  • Equanimity (balance of mind)

12-Step programs, such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), often lead those in recovery through similar paths as they develop a firm understanding of God, or another Higher Power, by helping others and appreciating the small moments in life. In 2015, a study published in the journal Frontier Psychology assessed 24 studies to gain some understanding of the benefits of loving-kindness. They found that loving-kindness meditation can bring about many positive emotions for others, which can have a major impact on addiction recovery as it combats many of the symptoms that come with anxiety and depression.

Simply wishing others well and being kind to others through service can open up your mind, body and spirit to building an enriching life. A common misbelief is that serving ourselves is the key to happiness, but it’s truly found in serving others – through volunteering, telling others you love them and wishing the best for people around you.

If you’re ready to start your journey to recovery today, speak with someone from Cumberland Heights.

Cumberland Heights is a nonprofit alcohol and drug-addiction treatment center located on the banks of the Cumberland river in Nashville, Tennessee. On a sprawling 177-acre campus, we are made up of 2 12-Step immersion campuses, 12 outpatient recovery centers and 4 sober living homes. We believe that each person has a unique story to tell – and that’s why we always put the patient first.

Call us today at 1-800-646-9998 to take the next step towards your happiness and health.

Living life sober of alcoholThe path to sobriety is a long, winding road, but so many people find immense healing and transformation along the way.

If you’re just beginning your journey or are contemplating it, you’re not alone in feeling apprehensive.

Recovery means change and change can be scary – but that doesn’t mean it couldn’t improve your life in ways you never thought possible.

Holly Glenn Whitaker, the founder of HipSobriety.com, a website that shares her personal story with addiction and eating disorders, explained some of the most inevitable changes those in recovery are likely to experience via Self.com.

These are noted:

  1. Friends will change.
  2. Social situations will change as sobriety is placed as a higher priority.
  3. You will learn more about your true self – and your real personality that is no longer masked by substances.
  4. Questions may come your way about why you don’t drink or use other substances and you’ll become more confident in responding with however you feel is appropriate.
  5. Intimacy will take on an entirely new meaning.
  6. Certain friends or potential love interests may no longer be interested in the “sober” you – and that’s okay because they weren’t meant to be in your life anyways.

Not only will your social circumstances change, but you’ll witness some amazing changes in your mind, body and spirit, too. A 2017 study published in the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment sought to explore how abstinence affected those in addiction recovery. Participants who successfully quit substance abuse for one year showed greater life satisfaction, executive functioning and less psychological distress compared to groups who did not practice sobriety.

We have to stop fearing change. This type of fear is what holds us back from living a life that will benefit us in so many ways; if you’re ready to start your journey to recovery today, speak with someone from Cumberland Heights. The time is now.

Cumberland Heights is a nonprofit alcohol and drug-addiction treatment center located on the banks of the Cumberland River in Nashville, Tennessee. On a sprawling 177-acre campus, we are made up of 2 12-Step immersion campuses, 12 outpatient recovery centers and 4 sober living homes. We believe that each person has a unique story to tell – and that’s why we always put the patient first.

Call us today at 1-800-646-9998 to take the next step towards your happiness and health.


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