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Changing the Faces & Places

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 6, 2021 8:00:00 AM / by John D. posted in recovery process, AA meetings, Recovery Program, Alcoholism Treatment Program, Support Group

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When I first came into the program, I was told by my sponsor and home-group members that I had to change the faces and places. I didn’t understand the phrase so I asked for clarification. They told me I had to find a new group of friends and a new set of hang-outs. For a 15-year-old, this was a monumental task. My peer group was everything to me. But I knew if I was going to stay alive and stay sober, I had to heed their sage advice.

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September is National Recovery Month – “Recovery is for Everyone”

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 11, 2021 8:00:00 AM / by John D. posted in recovery process, AA meetings, Recovery Program, Alcoholism Treatment Program, Support Group

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Recovery Month is a national observance held every September. Started in 1989, Recovery Month educates Americans that substance use treatment and mental health services can enable those with a mental and/or substance use disorder to live a healthy and rewarding life.

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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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Making Amends Chicago Style

[fa icon="calendar'] May 5, 2021 9:00:00 AM / by John D. posted in Alcoholics Anonymous, alcoholism, Recovery, AA meetings, Recovery Program

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At a conference on recovery not long ago in Chicago, I listened to the speaker talk about making amends.  The crux of her point was that the amend had to be equal to or greater than the offense.  For example, you can’t falsely print on the front page of a newspaper that someone is a cheat and a liar and then print the retraction on page 17.  No, if you’re going to set the scales of restorative justice evenly, the retraction has to go on page one.

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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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An Interview on Recovery with Maj. John G. Donovan, U.S. Army Retired.

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 5, 2020 12:00:00 AM / by John D. posted in alcohol addiction, 12 step program, AA meetings, alcohol abuse, AA Big Book, Recovery Program

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Q: How do you define recovery?

A: I consider myself a person in long-term recovery. To me, that means that I haven't had a drink or drug in over 42 years.

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A Brief History on the Development of A.A.

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 8, 2020 12:00:00 AM / by John D. posted in Alcoholics Anonymous, AA meetings, 12 steps of aa, AA Big Book, Family Sober Support, Alcoholism Treatment Program

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On December 11, 1934, while under treatment at Towns Hospital for alcoholism, Bill Wilson, co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous, experienced a profound and lasting spiritual experience. This intense and life-changing spiritual awakening left Bill with an overwhelming sense of well-being and freed him from his obsession and craving for alcohol. Bill said this about his “hot flash”, “I knew I was a free man”.

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