12-Step Programs


Yesterday (Jan. 18) I received an airmail (would you believe it) from 1301 Bedford Road Pleasantville, NY 10570 in my mail box. I was wondering who could have sent me an airmail. There was no returned mail's address and it was using United States Postal Service with a Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 postal stamp dated Jan. 10 2007. When I opened it up, it was a book... a novel Distortion Lens by Jacob Waletzky.

Then I remembered, I've visited http://www.addictionrecoveryguide.org/ and sent their WebMaster an email asking their permission to use their articles. A doctor with "MD" at the back of her name did reply my email with "Permission Granted". I tried to trackback her email but couldn't find it. I must have deleted coz it was about a month ago, maybe more!

Distortion Lens

The book, Distortion Lens, Jacob Waletzky's unfinished novel about a young Mormon who tries to save his atheist brother Gordon from his heroin addiction. The tragic death of a brilliant young writer named Jacob Waletzky* from a cocaine induced cardiac arrhythmia at the age of 29 inspired the creation of this addiction recovery guide. Funding for this web site is provided by The Jacob Waletzky Fund.

I would like to take this opportunity to thanks her and Addiction Recovery Guide for sending me the wonderful book. Go there now, to get more informations.


For the first time, a Malaysian leave a comment (see "Some People Change") Thank you Zahiruddin.

Out of three, only the Director of our very own National Anti-Drugs Agency replied my email. Like every big-boss, he thanks me and told me to get articles from your own NIDA (US Anti-Drugs Agency). LOL! If only he read Some People Change!

Therefore as usual, following the director's grand idea, here is an article, 12-Step Programs from http://www.addictionrecoveryguide.org/.

Last but not least, an uptempo southern rock sound of the legendary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame March 13, 2006 inductee, Lynyrd Skynyrd's Call Me The Breeze.



12-Step Programs

Twelve-step programs have long been an important part of the recovery process and the basis for many recovery programs. Developed over 65 years ago by a small group of alcoholics, the AA program provides simple tools for living based on a set of spiritual principles and a reliance on the fellowship of men and women who share their experience and offer their support as part of a lifelong process of recovery. This approach has since been adapted for the treatment of many other addictions, and now includes other self-supporting fellowships such as CA and NA.


Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) (alcoholics-anonymous.org)
A twelve-step program for people in recovery from alcohol abuse. The site provides an online list of central offices and groups in the U.S. and Canada, meeting contact information, a description of the 12-steps and traditions, a listing of AA literature and a bulletin board.Some drug addicts prefer AA to NA or CA.

Narcotics Anonymous World Services (NA) (na.org)
This twelve-step recovery program from addiction to drugs is based on the Alcoholics Anonymous model. The site provides basic information on the program, help lines, coverage of NA events and news, reports, recommended books, audio tapes, videotapes and information on how to start a meeting. Under Regional and Area Links, there is an online meeting locator listing registered NA meetings in the US and 35 countries worldwide.


Alchoholics Anonymous: 12 Step Programs for the Deaf Lists TTY equipped 12 Step offices available and other AA offices that rely on relay service for interaction with the Deaf. Information about ASL-interpreted AA meetings can usually be provided by local AA central or intergroup offices listed in the phone book. If there is no local AA office, the Alcoholics Anonymous General Service Office keeps an updated list of over 580 United States andCanadian AA central offices.

All Addictions Anonymous (alladdictionsanonymous.com)
All Addictions Anonymous focuses solely on the 12 step program and how to work the steps. They allow only brief personal sharing about "war stories" in order to illustrate patterns of addiction and do not explore psychological issues. The program connects suffering addicts to recovered addicts who guide newcomers through a personalized one- on-one study of the original 12 step program described in the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous. The program is open to people with any addiction. Go to the Contact Us section and leave a confidential message on their 24 hour pager: 416-468-8603 or send an email. You will be contacted and connected with someone in your area or arrangements will be made to get you help by phone.

Cocaine Anonymous (CA) (ca.org)
This twelve-step program is for people in recovery from cocaine and other drugs. The site describes the twelve-steps and traditions and provides a self-test, a meeting starter kit and CA literature. Under "Local Phones & Links", referral phone numbers are listed by state in the US, with contact numbers provided for Canada, the UK and the Netherlands as well. To participate in online meetings click on "Online, all locations" at the end of the referral list.

CrystalMeth Anonymous (CMA) (crystalmeth.org)
This twelve-step program is for people in recovery from crystalmeth amphetamine and other related drugs. Based on the twelve-step model, the web site includes basic information on the CMA fellowship, the Twelve Traditions, CMA meeting schedules and information on how to start a meeting.

Marijuana Anonymous World Services (marijuana-anonymous.org)
Marijuana Anonymous uses the basic 12-step recovery program founded by Alcoholics Anonymous. Their web site covers the 12-steps and the 12-traditions, online pamphlets on various aspects of marijuana addiction, a meeting directory by geographic area and a list of online meetings.

Methadone Anonymous Support (MethadoneSupport.org)
A twelve-step program for people using methadone in recovery from opiate addiction. The site provides an online meeting locator by state, methadone discussion lists, online meetings, a Methadone News section, a description of the 12-steps and traditions, and information on HIV, Hepatitis C and buprenorphine.

Nicotine Anonymous (nicotine-anonymous.org)
Nicotine Anonymous is a 12-step fellowship program based on the recovery program of Alcoholics Anonymous. Their web site has a meeting locator by state or country and online information in English and five other languages.

Pills Anonymous (pillsanonymous.com)
This web site is geared to the needs of those recoverying from presecription drug addiction. It features daily meditations, detox information, 12-step traditions and tools, recovery stories, and a chat room and message board.

Recoveries Anonymous (r-a.org)
Recoveries Anonymous (RA) is a recovery fellowship that uses the 12 steps for a “Solution Focused Program of Recovery.” It welcomes anyone with any kind of problem or self-destructive behavior including family and friends and those who are looking for spiritual growth. The goal of RA is to “restore one’s sanity”, not simply to remain abstinent. It is especially for people who have not been able to solve their problems or stop their self–destructive behavior or those who are not happy with their life, their serenity, or the extent of their recovery. Their web site provides background information on their approach as well as a meeting locator and information on how to start a group.

Recovery Zone (recoveryzone.org)
This site on 12 step recovery presents both the complete audio version (in streaming audio) and text version of the original book "Alcoholics Anonymous" book written in 1939, the basis of all the 12-step programs.

The Spiritual River (spiritualriver.com)
This website is based on the 12 step model of recovery. It is very clearly written, encouraging, and covers the basic issues related to choosing and maintaining recovery. The section dedicated to exploring spirituality addresses the role of religion and philosphy in the recovery process.

Informations given by the courtesy of http://www.addictionrecoveryguide.org/

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10 Comments thus far...

Trudging said...

Sounds like a good book. Thanks for letting us know.


It's messed up for me to come and visit your blog and see that it is 10:06 PM at night and I am just getting my ass out of bed.
Another great post Noor and Lynyrd Skynyrd is one of my favorites.

Meg Moran said...

This book sounds great I will look for it. You are making progress in your country. Sometimes progress is the best we can do. Do not be discouraged from your effort. We take small steps. It is a journey.

Anonymous said...

How exciting to have you first comment from a fellow Malaysian, Noor Azman!!!!!
Your blog is looking good and loaded with awesome information for people to find help.
Thanks for the book tip.

matthew said...

Hey there. Liking your site very much! Loving the fact that you are into Pink Floyd & Lynyrd Skynyrd!
(but I cant make your link to The Breeze work!).
Pink Floyd are my all time favourites, no doubt about it.
Lets chat about them!
Very good to meet a new friend in Malaysa, even better that my new friend is in recovery! Bring it on!

flowerdave said...

hey Noor , you sure get around and give lots of useful tools in recovery, thanks alot! oh ya skynyrd sure rocks

Mary Christine said...

Thanks for your kind comment on my blog... and your prayers.

I have this song on my iPod, only by JJ Cale, not Lynard Skynyrd.
Mary Christine

Michael said...

Thanks Noor Azman for your very kind and helpful comments on my blog, Alf is starting to get over his great loss with the sad demise of Burty though he still occasionally bursts into tears.
Its great to have a visitor from Malaysia and I shall look up about the book.
Your blog is excellent, informative and by the number of comments you are very well received.
As for hobblies I might start ice skating again

recoveryroad said...

Thanks Noor. Sounds like an interesting book. I may check it out.

Have a great day!


Michael said...

Hi Noor,
I am at work using Bill Gates Internet Explorer, when i go on your blog I get tons of messages popping up about secure connections and proxy servers which i wade through.
I am a bit of a (dare i say it) Madonna fan but i am open really to any music so thanks for your pink floyd info
May the force be with you

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