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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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Celebrating My Freedom on Independence Day

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 3, 2019 2:17:50 PM / by John MacDougall posted in Recovery, things, myself, someone, situation, don, willingness, talk, feelings

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“What has God done for me, that I could never do for myself? On Independence Day, 2019, I get to celebrate 30 years of continuous sobriety in the fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous."

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Deciding Where to Put my Power

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 27, 2019 12:29:53 PM / by Sherry Gaugler-Stewart posted in Recovery, things, myself, someone, situation, don, willingness, talk, feelings

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“Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character."

- Step 6 from the Al-Anon Family Groups

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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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Becoming Self-Supporting

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 5, 2019 11:21:11 AM / by John MacDougall 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.”

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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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“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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The Grouch and The Brainstorm

[fa icon="calendar'] May 1, 2019 7:32:17 AM / by John MacDougall posted in anger, Recovery, boundaries, meeting, retreat, alcoholics, something, steps, need

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Most weekdays I work at The Retreat as the Spiritual Care Coordinator. Most of the time I am meeting with men and women who have already identified themselves as alcoholics and addicts who need recovery and want recovery, using the Twelve Steps and the Big Book of alcoholics anonymous. They understood that what The Retreat has is a thirty day immersion into the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous. What The Retreat does not have is radio, television, computers, cell phones, and much in the way of entertainment. We take people who need recovery, put them with people who have recovery, and let everyone benefit from shared experience.

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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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Sometimes we need to break down in order to rebuild

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 17, 2019 7:55:35 AM / by Kara F posted in Recovery, Love, something, walls, journey, need, suffering, healing, hearts, break

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We have great news here at The Retreat! Our new National Center for Women’s Recovery is now open to lovingly welcome women suffering addiction into a beautiful space to heal! And it’s amazing! I had the absolute privilege to attend an event this past Friday with about 20 other women to break in the center with amazing energy. We wanted to do this so that the energy from women who have been on the journey before could breathe in healing for the women who are to come next. To be in this new space and surrounded by women who have a passion for recovery and a desire to share their unconditional love and energy was heart changing to say the least. As we embraced this new place for community together, we entered each room and blessed the walls with a love and purpose I cannot put down in writing. The new walls are nothing short of extravagant, but what moved me more was the bursting of love from this group of women in preparation to open the doors and welcome home new family. I have often said there is something magic in these walls at The Retreat that is indescribable, that fact most definitely has not changed even though the paint on the walls and the beams that support the walls are rebuilt.

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