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The Retreat – Alcohol Rehab Guide

[fa icon="calendar'] May 4, 2022 8:00:00 AM / by Ryan Rivard posted in Alcoholics Anonymous, alcoholism, AA meetings, 12 Traditions Of AA, Alcoholism Treatment Program

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Alcoholism is a type of addiction that can affect an individual’s mental and physical health. To avoid further complications, rehabilitation is recommended. However, understanding how to get an alcoholic into rehab can be a confusing process, especially if the affected individual doesn’t acknowledge their addiction. If you or a loved one are looking for recovery options, here is an alcohol rehab guide to help you better understand the process.

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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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Spring into Sobriety

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 9, 2022 8:00:00 AM / by John D. posted in alcohol addiction, Alcoholics Anonymous, recovery process, AA meetings, Alcoholism Treatment Program

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On March 1st, meteorological spring started. On March 13th at 2 am, we will spring forward. And on March 20th we will experience equal amounts of sunshine and darkness as we usher in the spring equinox. Shakespeare wrote in his play Julius Caesar to, “Beware the Ides of March.” But from this author’s perspective, it looks like spring has finally spung and that’s a good thing.

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“We tried to carry this message…”

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 9, 2022 8:00:00 AM / by John D. posted in alcohol addiction, Alcoholics Anonymous, recovery process, 12 step program, Alcoholism Treatment Program

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Bill Wilson, the co-founder of the program Alcoholics Anonymous, achieved sobriety in December of 1934. One day in the spring of 1935 he came home in the middle of the afternoon. Utterly dejected, he turned to his wife Lois and said, “I’ve worked with drunks for the last six months and not a one of them is sober.”

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Happy New Year!

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 7, 2022 10:11:39 AM / by John D. posted in alcohol addiction, Alcoholics Anonymous, recovery process, Drugs Adiction, Alcoholism Treatment Program

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Oft times we see the new year portrayed as a newborn child. Reflect for a moment on the wonder that a newborn instills in all of us. Think about the sense of hope and renewal that stirs within you when you see a newborn babe. Who isn’t moved by the site of a newborn resting peacefully within the arms of its loving parent?

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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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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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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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