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Navigating the Holidays Happy, Joyous and Free

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 30, 2022 8:00:00 AM / by John D. posted in Alcoholics Anonymous, alcoholism, Recovery Program, Alcohol & Health, Treatment Program

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The holidays may be “the most wonderful time of the year”, but for those new in recovery they can be fraught with stress and worry. In this article we’ll talk about how a person in recovery can navigate the holidays season while remaining clean and sober, happy, joyous, and free.

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November is National Gratitude Month

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 9, 2022 8:00:00 AM / by John D. posted in Alcoholics Anonymous, 12 step program, Recovery Program, Alcohol & Health, Treatment Program

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Did you know that November is National Gratitude Month? We often hear within the rooms of recovery that it’s important to have an attitude of gratitude, but why all this emphasis on gratitude? Why is it so important to our mental, physical, and spiritual health?

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"Fall Back, But Don't Fall Back"

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 5, 2022 8:00:00 AM / by John D. posted in Alcoholics Anonymous, AA Big Book, Recovery Program, Alcohol & Health, Treatment Program

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Daylight Saving Time ends on Sunday, November 6, 2022, at 2:00 A.M. On Saturday night, clocks are set back one hour (i.e., gaining one hour). This has come to be known as “Fall Back." This event has become part of the fall routine and one which sleep deprived individuals like this blogger look forward to very much.

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Preserving Our Unity

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 31, 2022 8:00:00 AM / by John D. posted in Alcoholics Anonymous, 12 Steps, Recovery Program, Alcohol & Health, Treatment Program

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In sobriety we build new connections to ourselves, our families, and our communities. In our meetings we embrace all who have “a desire to stop drinking” to our tables. Healthy groups lower barriers to sobriety by creating inclusive spaces and meetings. Healthy groups broaden their understanding of what recovery means for people with different experiences.

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Abandon Yourself to God

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 21, 2022 8:00:00 AM / by John D. posted in Alcoholics Anonymous, AA Big Book, Alcohol & Health, Treatment Program, Gratitude

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What does it mean to abandon ourselves to God? On page 164 of the book Alcoholics Anonymous we find this explanation.

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Character Defects: (Steps Six and Seven)

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 29, 2022 8:15:00 AM / by John D. posted in Alcoholics Anonymous, 12 Steps, AA meetings, AA Big Book, Alcohol & Health, Alcoholism Treatment Program

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Where Have All The Flowers Gone?

[fa icon="calendar'] May 18, 2022 8:00:00 AM / by John D. posted in Alcoholics Anonymous, alcoholism, AA meetings, 12 Traditions Of AA, Alcoholism Treatment Program

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There was a popular song in the 1960’s entitled “Where have all the flowers gone?” by Pete Seeger. The chorus went:

“Where have all the flowers gone?
Long time passing.
Where have all the flowers gone?
Long time ago.”

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The Retreat – Alcohol Rehab Guide

[fa icon="calendar'] May 4, 2022 8:00:00 AM / by Ryan Rivard posted in Alcoholics Anonymous, alcoholism, AA meetings, 12 Traditions Of AA, Alcoholism Treatment Program

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Alcoholism is a type of addiction that can affect an individual’s mental and physical health. To avoid further complications, rehabilitation is recommended. However, understanding how to get an alcoholic into rehab can be a confusing process, especially if the affected individual doesn’t acknowledge their addiction. If you or a loved one are looking for recovery options, here is an alcohol rehab guide to help you better understand the process.

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Working with Others

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 20, 2022 8:00:00 AM / by John D. posted in Alcoholics Anonymous, 12 Steps, 12 steps of aa, AA Big Book, 12 Traditions Of AA

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Chapter seven of the book, Alcoholics Anonymous, is devoted entirely to working with others. You get a clue from the author of the “Big Book”, how important certain steps are by the amount of space he devotes to them. When the author has devoted an entire chapter to working with others, i.e., Step 12, it must be important.

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Recovery Birthdays

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 13, 2022 8:00:00 AM / by DeAnna L. posted in families, Sober Housing, 12 Traditions Of AA, Alcohol & Health, celebration, birthday

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There is this thing when you are sober, a celebration of sorts, called a recovery birthday (think cake and laughter and a new shiny chip).  They can be a big deal to those of us living in Recovery.  It is a milestone reached, a celebration of the life we are currently living, an acknowledgment of the journey we have embarked upon and continue to walk everyday despite the difficulties.  A reminder that we are still alive and not just surviving anymore, but thriving.  But these birthdays aren’t always easy, or happy and that can be confusing.

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