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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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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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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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Spring into Sobriety

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 9, 2022 8:00:00 AM / by John D. posted in alcohol addiction, Alcoholics Anonymous, recovery process, AA meetings, Alcoholism Treatment Program

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On March 1st, meteorological spring started. On March 13th at 2 am, we will spring forward. And on March 20th we will experience equal amounts of sunshine and darkness as we usher in the spring equinox. Shakespeare wrote in his play Julius Caesar to, “Beware the Ides of March.” But from this author’s perspective, it looks like spring has finally spung and that’s a good thing.

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“We tried to carry this message…”

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 9, 2022 8:00:00 AM / by John D. posted in alcohol addiction, Alcoholics Anonymous, recovery process, 12 step program, Alcoholism Treatment Program

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Bill Wilson, the co-founder of the program Alcoholics Anonymous, achieved sobriety in December of 1934. One day in the spring of 1935 he came home in the middle of the afternoon. Utterly dejected, he turned to his wife Lois and said, “I’ve worked with drunks for the last six months and not a one of them is sober.”

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