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Can Unity Exist in Relationships?

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 15, 2017 8:30:00 AM / by Sherry Gaugler-Stewart posted in family recovery, AA meetings, 12 steps of aa, Family Sober Support, 12 Traditions Of AA

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Unlocking Your Truth.

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 15, 2017 9:00:00 AM / by Kara F posted in Alcoholics Anonymous, 12 steps of aa, 12 Traditions Of AA, Recovery Program, Chemical Dependency

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Yesterday I broke a little. OK, since I am talking about unlocking truth, I think I actually broke a
lot. I sort of shattered.
 
This process of recovery...its more than putting down my substance. Although that was the first
obvious step, and a struggle in itself, nobody could prepare me for the journey that lay ahead
once I got sober. As I write this, my desire is to fill a page with positive and encouraging words
that will uplift and give hope. But today I am not feelin’ it and am in the midst of unlocking some
truths. Truths about myself and my character. Truths about my past and the harm I have done.
Truths about the harm that I endured through others. Truths about the fear I am allowing myself
to live in.
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Practicing Hospitality

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 28, 2016 9:00:00 AM / by John MacDougall posted in Alcoholics Anonymous, 12 steps of aa, AA Big Book, 12 Traditions Of AA, Recovery Program

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The Family Afterward

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 19, 2016 9:05:00 AM / by Mark Korman posted in Alcoholics Anonymous, family recovery, 12 steps of aa, Family Sober Support, 12 Traditions Of AA

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When I am facilitating Family Program sessions I often ask participants to think of a family affected by addiction like a mobile floating over a child’s crib. When you imagine a mobile, there are a few things that instantly come to mind.  You’ll see a bunny, bear, frog, and bird: rotating around and helping the mobile to maintain balance.  There’s often quiet music playing in the background.  

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Spiritual Liberty and Democracy

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 28, 2016 10:30:00 AM / by John MacDougall posted in Alcoholics Anonymous, alcoholism, 12 steps of aa, AA Big Book, 12 Traditions Of AA

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The Presidential campaign this year may appear to be uniquely trashy. It isn’t that unusual, set against the full sweep of American history. The 1884 campaign of  the Democratic President Grover Cleveland against the Republican James G. Blaine was trashier. Blaine was accused of profiting from sales of railroad bonds and Cleveland was accused of fathering a child out of wedlock. Crowds at campaign rallies shouted down each candidate: “Blaine, Blaine, James G. Blaine, the continental liar from the State of Maine” and “Ma, Ma, where’s my Pa? Gone to the White House, ha! Ha! Ha!” Ugly politics is nothing new.

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Recovery from the Heart

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 14, 2016 10:30:00 AM / by Cecil B posted in Alcoholics Anonymous, AA meetings, 12 steps of aa, AA Big Book, 12 Traditions Of AA

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The Big Book, 12 x 12, sponsors, meetings and the working history of AA used as a template — it had come to seem repetitive and endless to me.

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Let's Keep Climbing the Steps Together

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 14, 2016 2:47:48 PM / by Dick Rice posted in Alcoholics Anonymous, AA meetings, 12 steps of aa, 12 Traditions Of AA, Chemical Dependency

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You might remember the famous “Last Lecture” given a few years ago.  Well, this is my last blog and so I am going to share with you three of the most important realizations I have been blessed with in my years as a twelve-stepper.  My recovery date is May 1, 1979 and so I consider myself a mere beginner in The Climb, but here is my humble offering. 

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“We are going to know a new freedom and a new happiness.”

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 29, 2016 10:00:00 AM / by John MacDougall posted in Alcoholics Anonymous, AA meetings, 12 steps of aa, 12 Traditions Of AA, Chemical Dependency

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My sobriety date is July 4, 1989. I planned it that way. It became clear that I needed to get sober, but I was taking a lot of drug as well as drinking a lot, and detox was difficult, at age 40. I chose to detox myself, gradually, over a period of six weeks. The timing worked out to July third, but I stretched it a bit, because I thought that the Fourth of July, Independence Day, would make a better sobriety anniversary.

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The Steps are the Principles and That is That

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 9, 2016 11:40:29 AM / by Dick Rice posted in Alcoholics Anonymous, 12 steps of aa, AA Big Book, Drug Rehab, 12 Traditions Of AA

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So there I was, preparing to present to my home group, praying that I might learn something new, at least for me, in the very preparation.  You would think I would have learned by now to be careful what I pray for – how often have I gotten it!  Yes, the Divine struck yet again and here is what I learned:

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I Am Who I Am and that Is More than Good Enough

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 5, 2016 12:30:00 PM / by Dick Rice posted in Alcoholics Anonymous, Recovery, 12 steps of aa, AA Big Book, 12 Traditions Of AA

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Easter time –the great awakening for Christians –seems like a good time to reflect on the phrase “spiritual awakening” of the 12th step.  Christians believe that Easter is the answer to the questions:  Is this life all that there is?  Is death the end of life?  For Christians, the resurrection of Jesus is the statement that there is a fullness of life waiting for us beyond death.

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