Spirituality: All Inclusive, Never Exclusive

Ever since its original publishing, the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous makes many references to God. At Discovery Place, a concerted effort is made to avoid placing restrictions on, or promotions toward, any particular form of spirituality; here, spirituality is always purely a matter of personal discernment and choice. Though most of our guests have been raised in some form of Christian environment, some have not.

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Cocaine Withdrawal Symptoms and Tips

My cocaine abuse history was somewhat unusual in that it wasn't my drug of choice. I wasn't Tony Montana, as much as I'd like to think I was. Cocaine complimented every other drug I consumed. Not to say I used cocaine casually. I binged to ward off hangovers or smooth the transition from one drug to another.

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How to Turn Down a Drink Like a Boss

Okay, so you’re sober now. But keep clean long enough, and someone will ask you if you’d like a drink. If you haven’t prepared a response, you could be caught off guard. Hell, you might even relapse. We don’t want that. Hopefully. So what do you say when someone asks if you’d like a drink? It’s best to bring some humor to the table to break the news. You shouldn’t simply say no. Usually the person proposing a beer or cocktail will ask why.

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In Defense of the 12 Steps

It seems the 12 step community is under attack. Articles running in major media outlets and websites question the effectiveness of the 12 step model. Experts in the medical community claim better methods exist. Maybe they do.

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How to Stay Sober on Vacation

The day has arrived. You’ve put in the work. You’ve stayed sober. Now it’s time for a little rest and relaxation. Maybe something on the beach in Florida? Perhaps something more tropical? Or maybe you want something “outdoorsy”, like a trip to Yellowstone. If recovery has been especially generous, Europe could be a possibility.

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What the Top Recovery Blogs Say About Sobriety

I reached out to some of the top recovery blogs around the web for this article and asked them a series of recovery-related questions. It is my hope this article will provide a variety of perspectives from some of the most authoritative sources on recovery. It's the same principle that makes 12 step meetings incredible: listen to different people weigh in on the same topic, and in the process, develop a deeper understanding of recovery. 

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What Recovery Means to Me

How can I put into words something that can only be experienced? It takes my breath away to think of where I was two years ago. I seem to start reflecting on where I’ve been and where I’ve come as sobriety birthdays approach.

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