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Sherry Gaugler-Stewart

Director of Family and Spiritual Recovery

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Talk About It

[fa icon="calendar'] May 29, 2019 11:50:23 AM / by Sherry Gaugler-Stewart posted in Recovery, things, myself, someone, situation, don, willingness, talk, feelings

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“Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.”

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The Truth below the Truth

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 24, 2019 3:46:35 PM / by Sherry Gaugler-Stewart posted in alcoholics, truth, yourself, 12 Step family recovery groups, moral inventory

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Two Heads are Better than One

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 29, 2019 6:00:00 AM / by Sherry Gaugler-Stewart posted in god, things, truth, something, someone, thing, everything, fear

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“Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.”

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Hope Starts with “Maybe”

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 20, 2019 6:00:00 AM / by Sherry Gaugler-Stewart posted in alcoholism, person, sane, sanity, something, grandparents, someone, anything

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“Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.

-Step 2 from the Al-Anon Family Groups

 

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Powerlessness is not Hopelessness

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 23, 2019 5:48:56 AM / by Sherry Gaugler-Stewart posted in drinking, alcoholism, reactions, alcohol, drink, disease, things, person

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Detachment with Respect

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 17, 2018 12:06:56 PM / by Sherry Gaugler-Stewart posted in alcoholic loved one, alcoholism, boundaries, healthy detachment, detachment with respect

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Slamming doors. Broken dishes. Arguments that the neighbors could hear clearly. Tears. Unkind words. And, conversely the resonant sound of hostile silence. The disease of alcoholism had wedged itself into the middle of our marriage.

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Digging the Hole

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 18, 2018 11:14:08 AM / by Sherry Gaugler-Stewart posted in addiction, family recovery, alcoholism, Recovery

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Watching someone you love struggle with addiction or alcoholism is extremely painful. I often liken it to watching someone dig a deep hole.

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Boundaries or Bolsters

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 20, 2018 10:18:08 AM / by Sherry Gaugler-Stewart posted in Recovery, relationships during recovery, boundaries

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“With dignity we will stand for ourselves, but not against our fellows.”

-“From Survival to Recovery”

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Navigating Addiction During the Holidays

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 20, 2017 10:30:00 AM / by Sherry Gaugler-Stewart posted in addiction, Holiday Season, Family

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Oh, the holidays! When we think of them, so many thoughts and images pop into our heads! Snow! Family! Food! Togetherness! Traditions, old and new! Excitement is in the air, and we start planning how and when our ideal holiday will come together. Unfortunately, for those who have a loved one struggling with alcoholism or addiction, an additional level of stress typically accompanies the holidays: worry that our imagined holiday will turn into our worst-case scenario.

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The Gift of Self-Care

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 22, 2017 9:31:39 AM / by Sherry Gaugler-Stewart posted in Christmas, Holiday Season, self-care

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The first time I went with my husband to his side of the family for the holidays, I struggled. Although my family was far from perfect, the holidays were something that I felt we did really well.

Even in my adult years, my mom always waited until everyone was asleep on Christmas Eve to put gifts under the tree. We would awake to magic. We would open stockings, and have a little breakfast, and then start a leisurely unwrapping of the presents. Gifts would be opened one at a time, and everyone would have an opportunity to see what everyone else was receiving. If a little one opened something that they wanted to play with for a while, we allowed for that. After all of the gifts were open, we would start cooking the big family meal. It smelled divine! We would eat, basking in the abundance, and then clean up, have dessert, and sit around the table for hours having conversation and playing games.

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