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Sometimes we need to break down in order to rebuild

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 17, 2019 7:55:35 AM / by Kara F posted in Recovery, Love, something, walls, journey, need, suffering, healing, hearts, break

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We have great news here at The Retreat! Our new National Center for Women’s Recovery is now open to lovingly welcome women suffering addiction into a beautiful space to heal! And it’s amazing! I had the absolute privilege to attend an event this past Friday with about 20 other women to break in the center with amazing energy. We wanted to do this so that the energy from women who have been on the journey before could breathe in healing for the women who are to come next. To be in this new space and surrounded by women who have a passion for recovery and a desire to share their unconditional love and energy was heart changing to say the least. As we embraced this new place for community together, we entered each room and blessed the walls with a love and purpose I cannot put down in writing. The new walls are nothing short of extravagant, but what moved me more was the bursting of love from this group of women in preparation to open the doors and welcome home new family. I have often said there is something magic in these walls at The Retreat that is indescribable, that fact most definitely has not changed even though the paint on the walls and the beams that support the walls are rebuilt.

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A Program of Action

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 10, 2019 6:00:00 AM / by John D. posted in addiction, hope, Recovery, alcoholics, meetings, faith, action, door, stay

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“That’s How You Get To Be An Old Pilot!”

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 2, 2019 6:00:00 AM / by John MacDougall posted in god, thing, condition, maintenance, pilot, steps, gate, step, scaffolding, agent

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Two Heads are Better than One

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 29, 2019 6:00:00 AM / by Sherry Gaugler-Stewart posted in god, things, truth, something, someone, thing, everything, fear

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“Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.”

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Building the Ship While We Sailed It

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 6, 2019 6:00:00 AM / by John D. posted in sobriety, drinking, meeting, alcohol, drink, friend, tears, meetings

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If tempted, we recoil from it as from a hot flame

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 27, 2019 6:00:00 AM / by John MacDougall posted in god, drink, cookies, craving, mind, chocolate, desire, temptation, thought

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Hope Starts with “Maybe”

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 20, 2019 6:00:00 AM / by Sherry Gaugler-Stewart posted in alcoholism, person, sane, sanity, something, grandparents, someone, anything

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“Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.

-Step 2 from the Al-Anon Family Groups

 

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Living In Truth

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 13, 2019 6:00:00 AM / by Kara F posted in Love, things, truth, soul, perfection, self, feel, myself, crazy, yourself

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There is something extremely satisfying to me when I look out the window first thing in the morning after a new snow and see the perfectly clean state of the world. No dog prints, no dirty sand sprays from recent plows, no half melted snow forts. It’s just pure, un-touched perfection! I feel this way often when I know I am starting a new day and living an authentic life to the best of my ability. I don’t get perfection like that crisp morning snow, but I do get a clean and un-touched slate every day! And I do get to take advantage of that fresh slate to practice living in my truth.

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ACEs Up the Sleeve

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 6, 2019 6:00:00 AM / by John D. posted in alcoholism, abuse, alcohol, pain, drugs, aces, behavior, parents, childhood, effects

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Reflections on the coldest night of the year

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 30, 2019 8:03:10 AM / by John MacDougall posted in AA, retreat, forecast, night, below, anyone, tonight, everyone, alcoholics

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It’s Tuesday afternoon at The Retreat, and it’s cold. Right now it is 6 degrees below zero. The forecast for tonight is 26 below. Tomorrow’s forecast is 15 below in the daytime and 29 below at night. The all-time low was 32 below, set on the evening of February 3, 1996.

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