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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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Watching My Mouth

[fa icon="calendar'] May 20, 2020 10:13:15 AM / by Dede Armstrong posted in families, family recovery, Family Sober Support, 12 Traditions Of AA, Recovery Program, Support Group, COVID-19

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Here we are… months after the world became an unknown place, and many of our creature comforts, things we took for granted, turned into vast luxuries. I dream longingly of a haircut or sitting in a café with a dear friend over a steaming cup of bad coffee…or, hardest of all, receiving a hug at an AA meeting. I am getting accustomed to my new masked reality, the shouting at friends from a distance when I have the rare pleasure of seeing them. And, somehow, it is all ok. Really ok. And that is because I watch my mouth.

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A Brief History on Sponsorship

[fa icon="calendar'] May 14, 2020 12:00:00 AM / by John D. posted in 12 Steps, AA meetings, AA Big Book, 12 Traditions Of AA, Support Group

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A definition of the word sponsor published at a time when the A.A. program was in its infancy states: “Sponsor - One who assumes, or one to whom is delegated, responsibility for some other person.” Webster, circa - 1936

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Tree Wisdom

[fa icon="calendar'] May 8, 2020 12:00:00 AM / by Bob Bernu posted in families, family recovery, Recovery, Recovery Program, Support Group, Gratitude

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Thanksgiving weekend 2019 brought 17 inches of heavy wet snow to northwestern Wisconsin, a special place where our family cabin sits, on the Minerva chain of lakes. As I looked out into the yard this past Sunday morning, I was startled by the sight of our many pine trees – white, blue spruce, and jack pine, all sagging towards earth with heavily burdened branches carrying the weight of nature’s winter storm. Concerned these trees might topple or at least suffer the damage of broken branches, I donned Sorel boots, jacket, hat and gloves and set out intent to remove some of the 17 inches of ice crystals these trees of ours were carrying.

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I woke up this morning and my wife sent me a post

[fa icon="calendar'] May 5, 2020 2:19:02 PM / by Ryan Rivard posted in family recovery, Gratitude, Drug Addiction, higher power

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I woke up this morning and my wife sent me a post that she had shared/read about someone who decided to not let drugs and alcohol numb them, to not just say that they are fine when things are really upsetting them or they are having a hard day. I told her that honestly that was the same reason that I decided to get sober so many years ago because I was numb for so long and I really like feeling all of the emotions good or bad that come with life and it makes me feel strong to face them everyday and not give up.

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Riding the Wave

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 21, 2020 8:00:00 AM / by Dede Armstrong posted in AA meetings, Older Adult Recovery Programs, Alcohol & Health, help group

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During the past several weeks we all have been thrown into a sea of unknowing, with no knowledge of the shore- where it is, when it will rise in our vision, when we will rest knowing it’s popping up in our horizon.

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Virtual tour of the new Women’s Center at The Retreat.

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 16, 2020 4:21:41 PM / by John Curtiss posted in recovery process, Recovery, women in recovery, Women's Sober Residential

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Rule #62

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 8, 2020 4:13:47 PM / by John D. posted in Recovery, Drug Rehab, Recovery Program, Alcohol & Health, Drugs Adiction, Alcoholism Treatment Program

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While we are all hunkered down and sheltering in place, we thought some good old fashion humor might lift your spirits. Here are some humorous thoughts from one of our blog contributors – Maj. Donovan, U.S. Army, Ret.

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There is No Situation So Bad That A Few Drinks Can’t Totally Screw It Up

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 1, 2020 8:00:00 AM / by John MacDougall posted in AA Big Book, Recovery Program, Alcohol & Health, COVID-19

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At the beginning of April 2020, I’m writing this blog at home. I am on a leave of absence from The Retreat due to the Covid-19 virus. I’m not sick, but I’m in the ‘high risk group”.  I’m 71 years old and have long term asthma that is easily activated. My wife, Priscilla, who almost never gets sick, may have had an incredibly short case of this disease. She ran a fever for less than a day, she was confused, had aches and pains, and slept. In one day, it was gone. She’s 81 years old.

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A Silent Challenge… Living Alone in Recovery During COVID 19

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 26, 2020 3:51:29 PM / by Dede Armstrong posted in AA meetings, Older Adult Recovery Programs, Alcohol & Health, help group, COVID-19

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Just a little backdrop... Recently, I have experienced what some might define as significant losses: My last surviving parent died in October; I ended a long-term primary relationship in November; My darling dog of 10 years was put to sleep in February. I am an empty nester, living in a new home in rural America. Despite these losses, daily life was fulfilling and meaningful. I had a job I adored, good friends, a busy social and volunteer life, and, most importantly, a wonderful AA community that grew and deepened every day!

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