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

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 1, 2023 8:00:00 AM / by Maj Donovan posted in alcohol addiction, Alcoholics Anonymous, Recovery, AA meetings

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Every September, the nation comes together to recognize National Recovery Month.  While the leaves are turning and the crispness of autumn is in the air, Recovery Month beckons us to bring awareness to the ever-growing recovery community. More than just an annual observance, National Recovery Month represents a powerful opportunity for lowering stigma and increasing recovery options through cooperation and collaboration.

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"Love & Service": Ignite the Flame of Recovery Through Service

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 29, 2023 8:00:00 AM / by John Curtiss posted in alcohol addiction, Alcoholics Anonymous, Recovery, AA meetings

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Dear Alumni and Friends of The Retreat,

Are you seeking to deepen your connection to your recovery journey? Do you wish to experience the transformative power of selflessness and compassion? Look no further - we invite you to embrace the incredible benefits of service in Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and join us in spreading the light of recovery in our community.

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The Quiet Side of Addiction

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 17, 2023 9:41:02 AM / by Staff Blog posted in alcohol addiction, Alcoholics Anonymous, family recovery, Recovery, AA meetings

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Excerpt from August 2023 Mpls. St. Paul Magazine Mental Health Section:

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What Happens in Rehab: Everything About Recovery Center

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 15, 2023 8:24:00 AM / by Staff Blog posted in Alcoholics Anonymous, 12 Steps, 12 step program, Drug Rehab, Drug Addiction

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Facing drug or alcohol addiction (or both!) can be overwhelming, and millions around the world experience that. But seeking rehab is a vital step towards reclaiming your life. It's an acknowledgment that you want to break free from the cycle of substance abuse and embark on a path to recovery. During this journey, you may ask yourself, 'What happens in rehab?' Let me shed some light on this for you.

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Find the Cost of Freedom

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 26, 2023 8:00:00 AM / by Maj Donovan posted in alcohol addiction, Alcoholics Anonymous, alcoholism, AA meetings

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On July 4th our nation celebrates its birthday. We trace our birth to the Declaration of Independence which was dated July 4, 1776.

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SHE RECOVERS® Foundation & The Retreat Join Forces to Break Barriers For Recovering Women

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 21, 2023 5:44:53 PM / by Staff Blog posted in alcohol addiction, Alcoholics Anonymous, women in recovery, AA meetings

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Partnership Highlights the Organizations’ Shared Commitment to Providing Holistic & Individualized Recovery Solutions 

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The Retreat celebrates 25 years opening doors to recovery

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 22, 2023 12:09:02 PM / by Staff Blog posted in Alcoholics Anonymous, recovery process, Support Group, celebration

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Innovative center for addiction recovery has served 30,000 individuals and families

June 21, 2023 (WAYZATA, Minn.) – The Retreat, the Wayzata, Minn.-based continuum of care that provides recovery services, programs and community resources to individuals and families dealing with substance use disorder, marks its 25th anniversary on Wednesday, June 21. 

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Sponsorship and Sober Coaching

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 22, 2023 8:15:00 AM / by Maj Donovan posted in Alcoholics Anonymous, recovery process, Recovery, Support Group

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What is the difference between sponsorship and sober coaching?  Can a person have both?  Can a person be both a sober coach and a sponsor?  

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Pondering Purpose

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 25, 2023 11:00:00 AM / by Connie Lawrence posted in Alcoholics Anonymous, recovery process, family recovery, alcoholism, Recovery

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Yesterday I flew with my daughter to Minneapolis for detox and treatment - an event I could only imagine in a faraway fantasy.  She called unexpectedly, after not talking to me for six months, and asked for help with the most desperate of states of heart/mind… begging to either die or get sober. 

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The Family of Origin Experience

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 19, 2023 8:00:00 AM / by Maj Donovan posted in Alcoholics Anonymous, recovery process, alcoholism, Recovery

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I grew up in an alcoholic family.  As such I wasn’t imbued with a healthy sense of self.  I struggled with issues of low self-esteem.  I searched desperately for parental validation and proof that I was loved and worthy.  I was a child dealing with a very adult issue.  I had two alcoholic parents, and I didn’t have the coping techniques to deal with their alcoholism.

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