What Good Are Those Slogans, Anyway? Part 1

If you’ve spent any time around Al-Anon, Alcoholics Anonymous, or other recovery-oriented groups, you’ve heard at least a few slogans and acronyms. Most of them seem to fall into one of three categories, and they include our relationship with: Our addicted loved one. Ourselves. Our Higher Power. This month, we’ll look at a few of my favorites that deal with our relationship with our addicted loved one. You didn’t cause it, you can’t control it, and you can’t cure it. This was the first slogan I heard at the first Al-Anon meeting I attended. Hearing that began to chip away […]

Fixing Myself, Part 1

You’ve discovered your loved one or friend is an alcoholic or addict—now what? For many people in that situation, their first reaction is, “What can I do to fix my alcoholic/addict?” I know that was my reaction, and I tried a lot of things that didn’t work: checking his trunk to see if he had bottles or cans stashed, drawing up agreements for him to sign, buying a breathalyzer, and the list goes on…. It took a while for me to figure out that I couldn’t “fix” my son. Instead, I needed to focus on fixing myself, because my son […]

The Power of Step 12

STEP 12 “We tried to carry this message to other alcoholics.” It still amazes me how this line from Step 12 carries so much power! We learn on pg. 89 of the Big Book, “that nothing will so much insure immunity from drinking as intensive work with other alcoholics.” With long term sobriety being the goal for myself, I follow these instructions only to find that the real freedom is when I get to carry the message of hope to another alcoholic or drug addict. The key to my freedom today is being able to carry the message of recovery into hospitals […]

Why Choose a Residential Rehab?

Dealing With One of our specialties at BRC Recovery is dealing with chronic relapsers, people who have attempted sobriety numerous times with several stints in rehab, but have been unsuccessful long-term. One of the major concerns and questions that anyone has after going through so many treatment centers, especially the loved ones and friends of the addict, is whether long-term residential rehabs are really worth it. Long-term residential rehab centers are usually seen as the last hope for people who want, hope, desire, and need sobriety. They are an intensive option which is well tailored to those who have significant […]

A Parent’s Perspective: Embracing Uncertainty

Control Enthusiast I’m a recovering control freak (I like to think of it as “control enthusiast”) and a grateful Al-Anon. After spending 2014 in introspection, meditating and reading self-help books in an effort to learn more about myself and develop a motto for my life, I was inspired to “embrace uncertainty.” As it turned out, my Higher Power had a sense of humor, because I didn’t even know Step 1 yet! Within a few weeks, I found myself in the rooms of Al-Anon, where I learned Step 1, “We admitted we were powerless over alcohol—that our lives had become unmanageable.” […]

Do You Really Want To Get Sober? Choosing Alcohol Rehab In Austin, Texas

TEXAS There is no shame in admitting that you have an alcohol problem, and that you need help. In fact, it is empowering. However, the statistics on this particular problem are pretty bleak. Only about 15% of people who have a problem actually seek help, and out of that number, only 5% are able to achieve a life of sobriety. This means that it is very important that you seek the right help. But how do you choose a facility for alcohol rehab in Austin, TX? Here are a few things to help you get started on the road to […]

10 Reasons BRC Is The Best Alcohol Rehab In Austin

BRC Recovery is making a name for itself in Austin and beyond as being one of the best recovery centers in the area, with the testimonials speaking for themselves. So what are the 10 reasons BRC Recovery is the best alcohol rehab in Austin? Let’s take a look. #1 – We offer intervention services. Intervention has been popularized by hit television series and people now think this is something they can do themselves. This is not true, however, as it must be strategically planned and executed by a Certified Drug and Alcohol Interventionist. Interventions can be highly successful but require […]

3 Stages of Recovery with Marsha Stone

Marsha Stone, CEO Benchmark Recovery Center   The Benchmark Recovery program is designed as a three stage process. The first stage of that process is the Residential Program. It’s a 90-day minimum stay. Every resident is assigned a recovery manager that works with them and works with their family the entire length of their stay here. From the time they wake up in the morning, to the time they go to bed at night, the program is mindfully designed to institute the principles of recovery in the day to day activities of the resident.   They assimilate those ideas into their physical practices during […]