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“Having Had a Spiritual Awakening”

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 4, 2023 8:00:00 AM / by John D. posted in Alcoholics Anonymous, 12 Steps, alcoholism, 12 step program, AA Big Book

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The 12th Step of Alcoholics Anonymous says, “Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these Steps…” So, what is this “spiritual awakening” and why is it so crucial to long-term recovery?

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"Fall Back, But Don't Fall Back"

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 5, 2022 8:00:00 AM / by John D. posted in Alcoholics Anonymous, AA Big Book, Recovery Program, Alcohol & Health, Treatment Program

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Daylight Saving Time ends on Sunday, November 6, 2022, at 2:00 A.M. On Saturday night, clocks are set back one hour (i.e., gaining one hour). This has come to be known as “Fall Back." This event has become part of the fall routine and one which sleep deprived individuals like this blogger look forward to very much.

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Abandon Yourself to God

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 21, 2022 8:00:00 AM / by John D. posted in Alcoholics Anonymous, AA Big Book, Alcohol & Health, Treatment Program, Gratitude

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What does it mean to abandon ourselves to God? On page 164 of the book Alcoholics Anonymous we find this explanation.

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Character Defects: (Steps Six and Seven)

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 29, 2022 8:15:00 AM / by John D. posted in Alcoholics Anonymous, 12 Steps, AA meetings, AA Big Book, Alcohol & Health, Alcoholism Treatment Program

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Working with Others

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 20, 2022 8:00:00 AM / by John D. posted in Alcoholics Anonymous, 12 Steps, 12 steps of aa, AA Big Book, 12 Traditions Of AA

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Chapter seven of the book, Alcoholics Anonymous, is devoted entirely to working with others. You get a clue from the author of the “Big Book”, how important certain steps are by the amount of space he devotes to them. When the author has devoted an entire chapter to working with others, i.e., Step 12, it must be important.

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Recovering In the Heat

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 16, 2021 8:00:00 AM / by John D. posted in 12 Steps, AA meetings, AA Big Book, Alcoholism Treatment Program, Support Group

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You can turn up the heat emotionally. You can turn up the heat physically. But what do you do when your emotional and physical temp are turned up, and you can’t access the reset gauge?

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Financial Sobriety - My Experience, Strength and Hope surrounding Financial Recovery

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 14, 2021 7:32:02 AM / by DeAnna L. posted in women in recovery, AA meetings, alcohol abuse, AA Big Book, Support Group

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Experience…

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The Twelve Steps of Sober Living??? We Shall See

[fa icon="calendar'] May 19, 2021 9:15:00 AM / by Lisa G. posted in 12 step program, AA meetings, AA Big Book, Women's Sober Residential, Support Group

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While I was still in treatment sober living was “strongly suggested” as the next step in my recovery. I was told that it would put into practice the twelve-step approach to living in a somewhat controlled environment that would benefit my sobriety and my overall spiritual well-being. Believe me I was more than a little bit skeptical that this would in any way, shape, or form benefit me at all. This blog delves into whether they were right or not. We shall see.

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Romanticizing the Past

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 30, 2020 7:11:11 AM / by John D. posted in alcohol addiction, Alcoholics Anonymous, 12 step program, AA meetings, AA Big Book, 12 Traditions Of AA, Alcoholism Treatment Program

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“By 1937, some of us realized that AA needed a standard literature. There would have to be a book ... Well, we did quarrel violently over the preparation and distribution of that book. In fact, it took five years for the clamor to die down. Should any AAs dream that the old-timers who put the book together went about in serene meditation and white robes, then they had best forget it.” - AA Co-Founder, Bill W., November 1951, “Services Make AA Tick”, The Language of the Heart.

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Rule # 62.5

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 2, 2020 8:00:00 AM / by John D. posted in alcohol addiction, 12 step program, AA meetings, alcohol abuse, AA Big Book, Recovery Program

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Tis the season to be jolly”, as the age-old song reminds us. In that vein, here are some stories to lift your spirits - Happy Holidays!

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