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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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We Don’t Get To Pick The Next Consequence.

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 31, 2018 10:30:00 AM / by John MacDougall posted in recovering alcoholics, Alcoholics Anonymous, addiction, alcohol addiction

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At age 19, I had all the evidence I needed that I was an alcoholic. On one terribly cold, windy, January day, I was kicked out of college. That event made me homeless. I was standing in front of the dormitory that used to be my home, almost broke. I had sixty-nine cents in total assets, all in coins in my pocket. I had nowhere to go. I was drunk, even though it was still morning. I was so drunk that I couldn’t stop peeing my pants, and the frozen pee was sticking to my legs.

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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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Alcoholics and Adderall

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 29, 2017 12:28:21 PM / by John MacDougall posted in alcohol addiction, drug addiction, adderall addiction

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At The Retreat, I am talking with a lot of alcoholics who also are addicted to Adderall. They have had the impression that Adderall is either not addictive, or harmless, and are surprised to be having problems with it. Adderall is a mixture of two types of amphetamine and two types of dextroamphetamine, and so it is basically an amphetamine. It is an addictive drug. It is classified as a controlled dangerous substance on schedule II.

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“….Because I’m an Alcoholic, Honey, That’s What We Do!”

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 2, 2017 1:10:56 PM / by John MacDougall posted in big book, Alcoholics Anonymous, alcohol addiction, addiction

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My First Attempt at College.

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 6, 2017 9:30:00 AM / by Jake L posted in 12 Steps, alcohol addiction

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     My first attempt at college didn’t go so well. It started off fun, then become fun with some consequences, then by my 7th year of school it was just all consequence. I had been to detoxes, I was failing courses, going to classes I wasn’t even registered for, and drinking myself into oblivion. Life was getting bad and drinking was my only solution. I don’t mean to gloss over my first few treatment experiences but I want the focus of this to be on the importance of staying plugged in to my program.

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Don't Quit Before the Miracles Happen.

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 13, 2017 9:30:00 AM / by John MacDougall posted in alcohol addiction, drug dependency, drinking, Alcoholics Anonymous, recovery process

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This weekend, I will be an A.A. Speaker at the “Rogue Roundup” in Grant’s Pass, Oregon. Although I have spoken at a number of A.A. roundups, this will be the first one on the west coast. I’m the last of nine speakers, most from California, and I follow the famous Clancy I. One difference between the Los Angeles speakers and myself is that I don’t have a dramatic drinking story. I drank quietly, and I never got arrested. Because I don’t have a “war story” to present, I’m going with four important things I’ve learned in A.A. so far.

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“I Tried To Find An Easier, Softer, Way...and I Did!”

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 3, 2017 5:00:00 AM / by John MacDougall posted in recovery road, working the steps to recovery, drug addiction, alcohol addiction

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Having the Courage to be Weak.

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 29, 2017 9:00:00 AM / by John D. posted in drug recovery, alcohol addiction, fear of surrender

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I deployed to Tallil, Iraq in January of 2007.   When my transport plane landed, I got worried.  Would I hold up under combat conditions?  Would I remember my training or, would I wither in the face of fire?  I deplaned and stood on the tarmac to get my bearings and there a few hundred meters from my location I saw a church steeple.  I thought to myself “before I do anything else, I’m going to go into that church and just say a quick prayer of gratitude to God for getting me safely to Iraq.”   

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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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