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Spiritual Liberty and Democracy

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 28, 2016 10:30:00 AM / by John MacDougall posted in 12 Steps, spirituality

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The Presidential campaign this year may appear to be uniquely trashy. It isn’t that unusual, set against the full sweep of American history. The 1884 campaign of  the Democratic President Grover Cleveland against the Republican James G. Blaine was trashier. Blaine was accused of profiting from sales of railroad bonds and Cleveland was accused of fathering a child out of wedlock. Crowds at campaign rallies shouted down each candidate: “Blaine, Blaine, James G. Blaine, the continental liar from the State of Maine” and “Ma, Ma, where’s my Pa? Gone to the White House, ha! Ha! Ha!” Ugly politics is nothing new.

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Parenting: Progress, Not Perfection

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 22, 2016 9:00:00 AM / by Chris Nehotte posted in Recovery, Family, Parenting

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Recovery from the Heart

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 14, 2016 10:30:00 AM / by Cecil B posted in 12 Steps, AA, Recovery

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The Big Book, 12 x 12, sponsors, meetings and the working history of AA used as a template — it had come to seem repetitive and endless to me.

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Recovery and the Man in the Hallway

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 6, 2016 9:00:00 AM / by Judge Shaun Floerke posted in spirituality, recovery capital, Recovery

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Jerry McAuley, A Hero of Recovery

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 31, 2016 11:27:20 AM / by John MacDougall posted in higher power, AA, Divine Higher Power, Recovery

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Recovering Hope: The Pain is Mandatory, but the Misery is Optional

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 24, 2016 9:30:00 AM / by Sherry Gaugler-Stewart posted in Family Program, family support, families, family recovery

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It’s a gray and rainy day, and I’m sitting in a room with a group of people who never wanted to gain entry into the retreat we’re hosting.  They desperately tried everything in their power to never be here.  They formulated plans, they had talks, they paid good money, they supported, they begged, they pleaded, they researched, and they loved with all they had.  And, yet, here they are: the folks who have lost a loved one to the disease of addiction.

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A Part Of

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 16, 2016 9:31:21 AM / by Jake Lewis posted in Recovery, Sober House

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Growing up, I wanted people to like me. I considered it a personal challenge to win people over. And I wanted to feel connected to those people. I was intrigued by spirituality, and how it might make me feel connected, so I would “meditate.”  But really I was just getting high, contemplating not my place in the vast continuum, but rather how a fish might have a swordfight with a bee.

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To Stay Sober, Stay Involved

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 25, 2016 9:30:00 AM / by John MacDougall posted in AA, Recovery

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On July 18th, I received my 27 year AA medallion at the Summit Hill AA meeting in Saint Paul. It’s a big meeting, about 150 people, but I’ve been there most Monday nights since moving to Saint Paul in 2004. Staying sober over the long term is mostly a matter of relapse prevention, because for us, relapse is natural.

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I’m Over Here Loving You if You Need Me

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 19, 2016 1:00:00 PM / by Sherry Gaugler-Stewart posted in Family Program, family support, Family

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“Detachment is not a wall; it is a bridge.”
–Courage to Change p. 22

Detachment.  It’s often viewed as an ugly word, at least at first, by family members who love someone who struggles with alcoholism or addiction.  Many of us come with pre-conceived notions about what detachment means.  Most of us decide, without delving any further into the concept, that it means abandonment.  And, we know that we’re not willing to abandon someone we love, especially when they are struggling, so therefore we won’t be detaching from them – thank you very much!

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Let's Keep Climbing the Steps Together

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 14, 2016 2:47:48 PM / by Dick Rice posted in AA, spirituality, Twelve Step programs

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You might remember the famous “Last Lecture” given a few years ago.  Well, this is my last blog and so I am going to share with you three of the most important realizations I have been blessed with in my years as a twelve-stepper.  My recovery date is May 1, 1979 and so I consider myself a mere beginner in The Climb, but here is my humble offering. 

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