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What is the difference between the 12-steps of recovery, and Alcoholics Anonymous?

What is the difference between the 12-steps of recovery, and Alcoholics Anonymous? This is the third in a 5-part series of articles in which I discuss various aspects of 12-step recovery programs, and how you may utilise counselling alongside them....

What are the 12 steps and how do they work?

What are the 12-steps and how do they work? This is the second in a 5-part series of articles in which I discuss various aspects of the 12-step recovery program (and associated fellowships), and how you may utilise counselling alongside...

Where do 12-step programs come from?

Where do 12-step programs come from? This is the first of a 5-part series of articles in which this, and other related questions will be discussed at some length. While this first blog looks at where 12-step recovery programs come...

Am I an alcoholic (Part 2 of 2)

Am I an alcoholic? This blog is the second of a 2-part series in which I discuss this question that I am asked roughly once a month in my counselling practice in Bishops Stortford – (though sometimes it is asked...

Am I an alcoholic? (Part 1 of 2)

Am I an alcoholic? I am asked this question roughly once a month in my counselling practice in Bishops Stortford. It is also often asked as: “how do I know if I’m an alcoholic?”. Either way, it is not a...

Back on the market: The newly single 50-year-old woman

Back on the market: The newly single 50-year-old woman. As I expressed in last week’s blog, it may not be seen as a politically correct thing to acknowledge, but most marriages these days do not last for life. In fact,...

Back on the market: The newly single 50-year-old male

Back on the market: The newly single 50-year-old male. This may not be a very politically correct thing to acknowledge, but most marriages these days don’t last for life. In fact, the average long-term relationship lasts somewhere between 8 to...

I can see clearly now the rain has gone….

I can see clearly now the rain has gone….

Your standing there, umbrella in hand, the rain subsided. The wind has died down now and you are able to resume your walk, with the sun (rather beautifully) setting just over the horizon. The rain has gone. The skies are...

Free babysitting comes at a price

Free babysitting comes at a price

Free babysitting comes at a price, and this price is too often paid by a grandparent brought in to be that free babysitter. If you are one of the thousands of UK grandparents who take up the mantle of caring...

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