Recovering from Recovery Blog Introduction.
Welcome to my blog about recovering from Alcoholism and Addiction which generally contains posts about non 12 step recovery. I was a member of AA for a while, but decided it did not have all the answers for me and decided to explore alternatives to it. I discovered many other people who had moved on from AA after making use of the support there, who were leading successful lives away from the standard recovery world and who were not living a life that centred around 12 step meetings.
I mention books that I have read, and link to sites that offer support or solutions, as I realise that not everyone is looking for a spiritual solution based on prayer, and some people are actually turned off recovery when they come into contact with the 12 step world. I would have certainly taken a different route in my own recovery if I had known about solutions such as the Sinclair Method, in the years where I was still struggling with my drinking.
I am in my ninth year of completely alcohol free living and enjoying life to the full. I decided to stop drinking shortly before I joined AA and am happy that I chose to stop. After about 18 months of AA and continuous sobriety I moved away from the steps and made use of CBT type methods and professional counselling to sort out issues in my life that I felt would not be improved by the 12 Steps. I then left formal recovery groups but keep in touch with my own sober network online and in person.
I also write a monthly piece for a new site called addiction.com which explores all areas of addiction and recovery. I concentrate on non 12 step recovery for them.
I have also started doing podcasts about alcoholism and recovery from alcoholism and I hope to explore many different ideas on how people can beat their problems. I made a new site for the Podcasts called www.Alcoholism-Recovery-Radio.com You can subscribe to it on Sound-cloud or iTunes . I will attempt to offer a balanced view on the different subjects, even solutions ad support groups that are not ones that I use.