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The Road to Relapse

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 14, 2019 1:05:34 PM / by John D. posted in Recovery, things, myself, someone, situation, don, willingness, talk, feelings

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I stopped going to meetings....I stopped hanging out with people in the program

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“God is doing for us what we could not do for ourselves”

[fa icon="calendar'] May 15, 2019 9:02:18 AM / by John D. posted in sobriety, god, kidney, cancer, doctor, compassion, mother, sister, tests, biopsy

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There are struggles we will face in sobriety. Getting sober is not a guarantee that life will be void of trouble. On the contrary, life will be life. Life will have its ups and downs, its triumphs and tribulations, its ebb and flow.

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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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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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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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The Beauty of God…

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 16, 2019 9:58:08 AM / by John D. posted in god, meeting, kitchen, funeral, grief, phone, voice, bishop, seminarian

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I recall how years ago I was contacted by the Diocese of St. Cloud. I was shocked that the Bishop's office would reach out to me - but indeed they did. I was asked by the voice on the phone to hold for the Bishop and then to my surprise the Bishop came to the phone.

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Tips to Avoid Getting Tipsy During the Holiday Season

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 5, 2018 9:30:00 AM / by John D. posted in sobriety, Holiday Season, remaining sober during the holidays

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Staying sober during the holidays can be a challenge. Alcohol permeates so many traditions associated with this time-of-year. From baking recipes that call for alcohol, to festive holiday drinks that are spiked, to toasts at the end of year, all of these traditions seem to revolve around alcohol. However, now that your life no longer revolves around alcohol, perhaps its time to make some new holiday traditions.

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Michelle...

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 11, 2018 12:24:33 PM / by John D. posted in acceptance, shame, guilt, recovery community, rehabilitation, integrity

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I received my three-month medallion on October 22, 1978. I was fifteen, sober and I was thrilled. To add to my excitement - weeks earlier I had scored tickets to see Bob Dylan at the St. Paul Civic Center on October 31, 1978. This would be the first time that Bob Dylan would play a concert in Minnesota in 16 years. The concert had sold-out immediately and I had managed to get tickets. I was stoked. I was three-months sober and I was going to see Dylan.

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Proof of Attendance at Meetings

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 13, 2018 10:10:06 AM / by John D. posted in Alcoholics Anonymous, AA, AA meetings

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There is a question that comes up repeatedly around the rooms of the program - what about these people the courts are sending here? What should we do with them?

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Garbage In - Garbage Out

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 8, 2018 9:30:00 AM / by John D. posted in Alcoholics Anonymous, Twelve Step programs, The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous, 12th step

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There’s an old phrase in computer programming that goes… “Garbage In – Garbage Out”. In other words, if I program a faulty code, I’m going to get a faulty outcome.

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