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Proof of Attendance at Meetings

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 13, 2018 10:10:06 AM / by John D. posted in Alcoholics Anonymous, AA, AA meetings

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There is a question that comes up repeatedly around the rooms of the program - what about these people the courts are sending here? What should we do with them?

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Alcoholics Anonymous Has A “Safety Card” Because We Are Making Spiritual Progress

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 25, 2018 10:00:00 AM / by John MacDougall posted in Alcoholics Anonymous, AA, AA meetings, The AA Safety Card

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The A.A. Big Book, on page 60, states “The point is, that we are willing to grow along spiritual lines. The principles we have set down are guides to progress. We claim spiritual progress rather than spiritual perfection.”

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Resting on Our Laurels

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 13, 2018 10:00:00 AM / by John D. posted in The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous, Alcoholics Anonymous, alcoholism, spirituality, AA

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She sat next to the bed. I hadn’t touched her in months. She didn’t seem to notice - she didn’t say a word. I felt guilty. I felt ashamed. I felt like I had been unfaithful.

There had been so many excuses. “I’m too busy. I’m too tired. I’ve got more important things to do”. Excuses all...

Finally, I reached over and gently brushed off the dust from her jacket. I started my daily readings – again.

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Top Five Things About Getting and Being a Sponsor

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 7, 2018 9:30:00 AM / by John D. posted in Alcoholics Anonymous, Sponsor Relationships, AA

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Top Five Things About Getting a Sponsor:

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Becoming God-Conscious

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 28, 2018 9:30:00 AM / by John MacDougall posted in faith-based recovery, god-conscious, Alcoholics Anonymous, alcohol addiction, drug addiction, The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous, AA

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One of the great opportunities of living the program of Alcoholics Anonymous is our ability to become “God-Conscious.” Because our alcoholism is a brain disease, our brains reset themselves every night in our sleep to “alcoholic”. I find that I need to set my brain back every morning to “sober”.

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A New Year’s Inventory

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 3, 2018 8:00:00 AM / by John MacDougall posted in AA, Alcoholics Anonymous, The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous, 11th step, 4th Step, 5th Step, sobriety, Holiday Season, alcohol addiction, alcohol recovery, recovering alcoholics

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The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous makes promises on pages 83 and 84. At the New Year, let’s see how these promises are coming true. We can all take inventory of these promises.

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Safety in Self-Help Groups - A.A.’s Common Welfare.

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 15, 2017 10:17:04 AM / by John D. posted in AA meetings, AA, Alcoholics Anonymous, Al-anon

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Earlier this year the General Service Office (GSO) of Alcoholics Anonymous in New York, NY published guidance on “Safety in A.A.”.  The paper was entitled "Safety and A.A.:  Our Common Welfare".  Printed on January 25, 2017,  this paper laid out the A.A. philosophy and helpful suggestions for keeping A.A. groups safe.  

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My Behavior is My Prayer.

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 7, 2017 10:02:46 AM / by John MacDougall posted in spirituality, AA, The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous, god

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Yes, It Really Does Get Better.

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 22, 2017 9:00:00 AM / by John MacDougall posted in alcohol addiction, alcohol recovery, drug addiction, drug recovery, AA

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We all know that addiction, whether to alcohol or other drugs, is brutal. Not everyone is sure that, in recovery, we get better. I believe that we can all get better in recovery. Life gets better for the alcoholic and addict who embraces Twelve Step recovery. Life also gets better for those who leave behind the alcoholic and addict who chooses not to recover, and seeks their own recovery.

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AA and the Armed Forces.

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 2, 2017 5:25:03 PM / by John D. posted in AA, verterans, bill wilson, alcohol recovery

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I would like to share some of my thoughts on the long tradition of cooperation that the U.S. Armed Forces have enjoyed with Alcoholics Anonymous. As you probably know, the program of AA was co-founded by a former WWI Field Artillery officer of the U.S. Army - Lt. Bill Wilson. I have often wondered how Bill's war time experiences may have intensified his alcoholism and his subsequent recovery therefrom. If you doubt that WWI had a profound affect on Bill, you need only look at the first word of the first chapter of the Big Book - "War fever ran high..."

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