Some people have asked me in the past, after six years in recovery, so why do you carrying on working a 12 step programme?

First and foremost I continue to work a programme to make sure that my sobriety is of the best quality it can be. By this I mean that each day can hold new struggles. I may have self esteem issues that suddenly come back on any given day or I may have anger issues. If I am working the programme to the best of my ability then these issues can be dealt with in an effective way.

Anger and resentment are the number one offenders for relapse. If I am working Steps 10, 11 and 12 on a daily basis then there is no need for anger and resentment to be a major issue in my life.

If Step one has been taking whole heartedly then there is no room for doubt when it comes to the question Am I powerless over alcohol and did my life become unmanageable?

Although the steps I am about to discuss strike up the age old debate of is their a god? I feel they are immensely important in my daily living. Step 11 asks me to improve my conscious contact with god through prayer and meditation. Right at the start of my recovery the word god put me off the 12 step programme. Now I feel this step is in a way my saving grace. When things get tough I can hand them over to a god of my understanding and get on with my day.

Everyday I try to be aware of the way I have treat people or if I have offended someone in anyway. Step 10 is now like a spot check almost instantaneously I will check in with myself to see if any given situation is sitting right with me.

Then there is Step 12 which asks me to help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety. I feel this is also the step which helps me to remember I have to carry on working this programme if I want to stay sober.

In conclusion the programme helps me to stay grounded. If I have a problem then I know I have a solution to fix it without it having to play on my mind and get out of control which it would have in the past. It gives me a daily reprieve from “stinking thinking” my first reaction is always to see a situation in the worst case scenario my programme helps me to see the same situation but objectively. Because I have this new way to look at life and everything that goes along with it there is no reason for me to ever start drinking again over things such as resentment, anger or any other difficult emotion.

Addictions UK is a Home-based provider of Addictions Treatment and Home Detox. See their website for further information

As a recovering alcoholic, married to a recovering alcoholic, also the daughter of alcoholics I don’t believe that alcoholism/addiction can be cured alone. We all need help especially with issues relating to denial.
Growing up surrounded by alcoholics and drug addicts meant that my teenage years were plagued with unmanageability and chaos. The abnormal became the normal and drinking, drug taking and violence was an everyday occurrence.

Once I became a mother myself something within me changed and I had a moment of clarity. I knew I wanted better childhood for my children than I had myself. This new way of thinking for me was only the start. I tried to stop drinking by myself only managing a few days until I Thought maybe just a few drinks at the weekend would be fine. Once the weekend came and the drinks began then I could not stop again I had set off the craven which then began the whole vicious cycle again. I had a few more failed attempts at doing it alone and began to lose hope.

My father and my husband had been attending AA meetings so I decided I should try it also. Life slowly became less unmanageable and a lot more serene. With the help of another recovering alcoholic I managed to abstain from alcohol and have done so for nearly six years now. I am positive that I would not have been able to do this by myself as my own and my family’s failed attempts in the past to do it alone is all the proof I needed.

I continue to look to other alcoholics for support and guidance as again I have seen other alcoholics who think they no longer need help and can do it alone have relapsed and very quickly sank back into a life of unmanageability.

My life has turned around since I found recovery. I am now working with an addiction agency, undergoing a degree at my local University and leading a happy life. I am encouraged when my friends now tell me that it gets better ….

I am impressed with the work of Addictions UK and wish them well in their work. They can be contacted by telephone on 0845 4567 030

The Home Office launch their own blog to receive comments on the Policies.

We welcome the Home Office launching their blog – even though they take up to 24 hours to moderate comments and will only keep the blog live for another week. It really makes sense for a Government to listen to the views of stakeholders and electors generally. It is a good move and we hope the Government retains this blog.

We have posted the following on their blog…
Addictions UK welcome this new blog from Government.
The more people that access this site with comments may lead the Home Office to support recovery policies and to be bold and radical in this regard.
We are a provider and supporter of abstinence programmes although we recognise the importance of harm minimisation for those who reject abstinence. We will inform others of this blog.

Addictions UK provides Home based Addictions Treatments throughout England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland including Home Detox for alcohol dependency and drugs. For further information contact us via our website or by telephone – 0845 4567 030