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John D.

John is a person in long-term recovery with over 41 years of sobriety. He teaches a monthly workshop at The Retreat on The Steps and Sponsorship.

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Be Careful What You Pray For…

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 16, 2020 8:24:09 AM / by John D. posted in addiction, alcoholism, Recovery, college, counselor, interview, training, plan, lunch

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I was 18 years old and three years sober. Ever since I went through treatment in the summer of 1978, all I wanted to do was to be a counselor. My counselor had saved my life and all I wanted to do was to become a counselor so I could save lives too. I could think of no higher calling or more worthwhile work. So, I applied for a Counselor Training Program.

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The Journey Home

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 11, 2019 7:59:19 AM / by John D. posted in addiction, recovery road

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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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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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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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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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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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