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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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Connection is the Key to Recovery

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 18, 2020 10:45:02 AM / by John D. posted in alcohol addiction, alcoholism, AA meetings, 12 steps of aa, COVID-19

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Johann Hari stated at the end of his viral “TED Talk” that… “the opposite of addiction is not sobriety; the opposite of addiction is connection”. This comment was received as a landmark and almost heretical statement in the field of addiction treatment. It sent shock waves through the recovery community. It was a new and innovative way to view addiction and address recovery.

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Keeping Our Focus On Sobriety

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 4, 2020 12:00:00 AM / by John MacDougall posted in alcoholism, 12 step program, Recovery, AA meetings

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I’m writing this on a morning in March when the news media is full of coronavirus, or Covid-19 stories. Today’s Star-Tribune newspaper reports that the Costco store near The Retreat is out of toilet paper and won’t have any more for five days. They are also out of hand sanitizer, plastic gloves, and bleach wipes. The food aisles are decimated, as well, with non-perishables in short supply. It isn’t a full and complete panic, but it is certainly a lot of anxiety for a state that has no known cases of the virus.

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Be Careful What You Pray For…

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 16, 2020 8:24:09 AM / by John D. posted in Alcoholics Anonymous, Recovery, AA meetings, Sober Housing, 12 steps of aa, alcohol abuse

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I was 18 years old and three years sober. Ever since I went through treatment in the summer of 1978, all I wanted to do was to be a counselor. My counselor had saved my life and all I wanted to do was to become a counselor so I could save lives too. I could think of no higher calling or more worthwhile work. So, I applied for a Counselor Training Program.

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How Treatment Becomes a Part of Our Disease

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 3, 2020 1:04:48 PM / by John MacDougall posted in Alcoholics Anonymous, Recovery, substance abuse, AA meetings, Sober Housing, alcohol abuse, AA Big Book

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Step One of Alcoholics Anonymous tells me that I am powerless over alcohol when I drink it. Step One of Al-Anon tells me that I am powerless over alcohol when other people drink it, or when other people want to drink it. Both treatment programs, and The Retreat (which is not a treatment program) are powerless over alcohol and addiction when the people in them want to drink.

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“A Real Man in Beverly Hills”

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 7, 2019 6:00:00 AM / by John MacDougall posted in Alcoholics Anonymous, 12 step program, AA meetings, 12 steps of aa, Older Adult Recovery Programs

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It’s Friday, November 1st, and I took the day off. I flew with my wife, Priscilla to Los Angeles. This fall I joined “The Magic Castle” in Hollywood. It is a private club in a castle, located in the Hollywood Hills. I sponsor a 94 year old psychologist who lives in California, and he both introduced me to the Magic Castle, and sponsored me for membership.

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Aim High

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 17, 2019 8:50:50 AM / by John D. posted in alcoholism, AA meetings, 12 steps of aa, AA Big Book, 12 Traditions Of AA

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“The 12 Traditions of A.A. tell us that “we ought not ever be organized…” (Tradition Nine) but, this statement comes out of the organization’s lack of sanctions and disciplinary measures for the membership." 

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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 Alcoholics Anonymous, Recovery, AA meetings, 12 steps of aa, Men's Sober Residential, Women's Sober Residential

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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 Alcoholics Anonymous, alcoholism, AA meetings, 12 steps of aa, AA Big Book

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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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The Road to Relapse

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 14, 2019 1:05:34 PM / by John D. posted in AA meetings, AA Big Book, Men's Sober Residential, Women's Sober Residential, Recovery Program

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I stopped going to meetings....I stopped hanging out with people in the program

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