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John D.

John is a person in long-term recovery with over 42 years of sobriety. He teaches a monthly workshop at The Retreat on The Steps and Sponsorship.

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The 3 L's

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 3, 2021 7:33:00 AM / by John D. posted in recovery process, family recovery, Recovery, Recovery Program, Support Group

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The Loot, The Lift and The Lover

During my four decades of recovery, I’ve worked with hundreds of young men who are enthusiastic and excited about recovery. For them, everything is new and life has taken on a different meaning. They are going to meetings regularly; they are working with their sponsors and the wreckage from their past is slowly getting repaired. But alas, they seem to hit three common roadblocks which sends them spiraling back down the path whence they came. I refer to these three roadblocks as: The Loot, The Lift and The Lover.

 

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LDRSHIP

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 2, 2021 4:27:50 PM / by John D. posted in recovery process, 12 step program, Recovery, 12 steps of aa, 12 Traditions Of AA

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We have the 12 Steps and the 12 Traditions on which volumes of material have been written. Yet, a common theme running through the steps and traditions is this idea of principles. But what are these principles and from where do they come?

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Romanticizing the Past

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 30, 2020 7:11:11 AM / by John D. posted in alcohol addiction, Alcoholics Anonymous, 12 step program, AA meetings, AA Big Book, 12 Traditions Of AA, Alcoholism Treatment Program

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“By 1937, some of us realized that AA needed a standard literature. There would have to be a book ... Well, we did quarrel violently over the preparation and distribution of that book. In fact, it took five years for the clamor to die down. Should any AAs dream that the old-timers who put the book together went about in serene meditation and white robes, then they had best forget it.” - AA Co-Founder, Bill W., November 1951, “Services Make AA Tick”, The Language of the Heart.

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Rule # 62.5

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 2, 2020 8:00:00 AM / by John D. posted in alcohol addiction, 12 step program, AA meetings, alcohol abuse, AA Big Book, Recovery Program

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Tis the season to be jolly”, as the age-old song reminds us. In that vein, here are some stories to lift your spirits - Happy Holidays!

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An Interview on Recovery with Maj. John G. Donovan, U.S. Army Retired.

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 5, 2020 12:00:00 AM / by John D. posted in alcohol addiction, 12 step program, AA meetings, alcohol abuse, AA Big Book, Recovery Program

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Q: How do you define recovery?

A: I consider myself a person in long-term recovery. To me, that means that I haven't had a drink or drug in over 42 years.

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An Ex-Head Speaks Out

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 14, 2020 7:00:00 AM / by John D. posted in Recovery, Drug Rehab, Support Group, Chemical Dependency, Drug Addiction

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An excerpt from The Cathedral Crusader published February 28, 1979.

Author’s Note: This article was published nine-months after I got clean and sober. My high school newspaper asked me to write a story about going through treatment. I was glad to do so. The published story set off alarm bells with the school administrators and it led to changes in school policy toward drug and alcohol use.

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September is National Recovery Month

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 10, 2020 10:35:29 AM / by John D. posted in recovery process, family recovery, Alcohol & Health, help group, Support Group

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What is Recovery Month?

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Get Healthy - Stay Healthy

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 5, 2020 10:30:00 AM / by John D. posted in 12 step program, substance abuse, AA Big Book, Recovery Program, Support Group

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National reports estimate over 25 million Americans have a substance use disorder. This includes illicit drugs, prescription medications, and alcohol. In fact, when it comes to alcohol it is estimated that one in eight American adults have an alcohol problem.

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A Brief History on the Development of A.A.

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 8, 2020 12:00:00 AM / by John D. posted in Alcoholics Anonymous, AA meetings, 12 steps of aa, AA Big Book, Family Sober Support, Alcoholism Treatment Program

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On December 11, 1934, while under treatment at Towns Hospital for alcoholism, Bill Wilson, co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous, experienced a profound and lasting spiritual experience. This intense and life-changing spiritual awakening left Bill with an overwhelming sense of well-being and freed him from his obsession and craving for alcohol. Bill said this about his “hot flash”, “I knew I was a free man”.

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How the Charlie Daniel’s Band Helped My Family into Recovery

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 5, 2020 2:15:11 PM / by John D. posted in family recovery, substance abuse, Drugs Adiction, Treatment Program, Chemical Dependency

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I found sobriety in the summer of 1978. I had been severely addicted to mood altering chemicals for six years. I hit bottom, went into a Substance Use Disorder treatment center, and started practicing a recovery program in August of 1978.

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