A message from the publisher ...
Drug addiction. It is one of the most misunderstood diseases, and that is why it is often referred to as “The Disease of Shame.”
This series, which will appear in your newspapers over the next several Sundays, reflects The Indiana Gazette’s efforts to shine a light on the disease so our readers can have a better understanding of what it truly is.
"Simply put, addiction is not a choice. Addictive behaviors are a manifestation of the disease, not a cause."
- Dr. Raju Hajela, past president of the
Canadian Society of Addiction Medicine
These are the original twelve steps as published by Alcoholics Anonymous:
1. We admitted we were powerless over alcohol—that our lives had become unmanageable.
2. Came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.
4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
5. Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
6. Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
7. Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
8. Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.
9. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
10. Continued to take personal inventory, and when we were wrong, promptly admitted it.
11. Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.
12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.
Armstrong-Indiana-Clarion Drug and Alcohol Commission: 10829 Route 422, P.O. Box 238, Shelocta, PA 15774, (724) 354-2746, www.aidac.org
ARC Manor, 200 Oak Ave., Kittanning, PA 16201, (724) 548-7607 or 800-323-1333, www.arcmanor.org
The Open Door, The Atrium, 665 Philadelphia St., Indiana, PA 15701, (724) 465-2605, (877) 333-2470, 24-hour crisis hotline, www.theopendoor.org
Community Guidance Center, 793 Old Route 119, Indiana, PA 15701, (724) 465-5576, (877) 333-2470, 24-hour crisis hotline, www.thecgc.com
Alcoholics Anonymous, Pittsburgh area, (412) 471-7472
Adult Children of Alcoholics, (310) 534-1815
Al-Anon, (888) 4AL-ANON
Alateen, (888) 4AL-ANON
Blairsville Support Group Against Drugs, (724) 549-2679
Family Education Support Group, The Open Door in Indiana County, (724) 465-2605
Indiana Area Celebrate Recovery, (724) 599-6699
Serenity Family Support Group, Armstrong County, (724) 297-3861
Narcotics Anonymous, (888) 251-2426
Nar-anon, (800) 477-6291