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Addiction is No Joke

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 13, 2019, 8:00:00 AM / by John D. posted in addiction, recovery road

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I recently listened to a radio episode about addiction on the program “This American Life” by Ira Glass.  The episode was entitled “Dopey” and talked about Chris and Dave who conducted a weekly pod cast about addiction.  Both Chris and Dave were in recovery.  When they started the podcast, they made an editorial decision to not really stress “recovery”.  Their reasoning was that recovering was boring and people really didn’t want to listen to addicts talking about being clean and sober.  Instead they would run through their favorite drug stories and regal the audience with humorous accounts of how they got high, picked up by the police, stole, etc.  They called this philosophy “The Rope-a-Dope”.  People would tune in for the humorous stories and stay for the recovery. 

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“A Real Man in Beverly Hills”

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 7, 2019, 6:00:00 AM / by John MacDougall posted in meeting, friend, look, suits, loyalty, priscilla, hands, beverly hills, street, suit

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It’s Friday, November 1st, and I took the day off. I flew with my wife, Priscilla to Los Angeles. This fall I joined “The Magic Castle” in Hollywood. It is a private club in a castle, located in the Hollywood Hills. I sponsor a 94 year old psychologist who lives in California, and he both introduced me to the Magic Castle, and sponsored me for membership.

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What is a Recovery Community Organization?

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 23, 2019, 9:00:00 AM / by John D. posted in Recovery, things, myself, someone, situation, don, willingness, talk, feelings

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“A Recovery Community Organization (RCO) is devoted to providing services to and tearing down barriers for those suffering from a substance use disorder. It is a
grassroots community-based organization staffed by people in recovery." 

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Aim High

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 17, 2019, 8:50:50 AM / by John D. posted in Recovery, things, myself, someone, situation, don, willingness, talk, feelings

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“The 12 Traditions of A.A. tell us that “we ought not ever be organized…” (Tradition Nine) but, this statement comes out of the organization’s lack of sanctions and disciplinary measures for the membership." 

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“I’ve got this.” – or so I thought

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 22, 2019, 9:18:16 AM / by Sherry Gaugler-Stewart posted in Recovery, things, myself, someone, situation, don, willingness, talk, feelings

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“Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.”

- Step 7 from the Al-Anon Family Groups

 

"I am fairly certain that given a cape and a nice tiara, I could save the world."

- Leigh Standley

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Broken to Glow

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 14, 2019, 7:00:00 AM / by John D. posted in Recovery, things, myself, someone, situation, don, willingness, talk, feelings

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“Before I was broken, I was convinced that my problems were:  My family, my school, the police, my girlfriend, my lack of a girlfriend, my peer group, my lack of money, etc., etc. etc.”"

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We’re As Sober As Our Driving

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 6, 2019, 12:37:42 PM / by John MacDougall posted in Recovery, things, myself, someone, situation, don, willingness, talk, feelings

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“I don’t mean driving under the influence of alcohol, I mean driving under the influence of anger, resentment, and ego. “You’re in MY lane!” “You’re in MY way!” “You cut ME off!”"

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Where is this Spiritual Awakening?

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 29, 2019, 2:13:44 PM / by Kara F posted in Recovery, things, myself, someone, situation, don, willingness, talk, feelings

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“Step 12 says “as a result” of these steps.  It doesn’t say you can work on the steps if and only if you first have a spiritual awakening.  So I needed to start over and work on steps 1-11 first. "

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For it is in giving that we receive

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 17, 2019, 8:00:00 AM / by John D. posted in Recovery, things, myself, someone, situation, don, willingness, talk, feelings

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Every A.A. group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions.” (Tradition Seven of the 12 Traditions of Alcoholics Anonymous)"

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Celebrating My Freedom on Independence Day

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 3, 2019, 2:17:50 PM / by John MacDougall posted in Recovery, things, myself, someone, situation, don, willingness, talk, feelings

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“What has God done for me, that I could never do for myself? On Independence Day, 2019, I get to celebrate 30 years of continuous sobriety in the fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous."

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