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How Do I Express Love?

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 12, 2020 4:27:16 PM / by John D. posted in family recovery, alcoholism, Family Sober Support, Drugs Adiction, Chemical Dependency

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“Love and tolerance of others is our code”. (Alcoholics Anonymous, pg. 84)

Several years ago, close to Valentine’s Day, I was listening to the radio one morning on my drive into work. The radio host asked the above question to the listening audience. Immediately, the phoneline was inundated with dozens of phone calls from listeners all offering sage wisdom on the topic. However, one caller’s comments have stayed with me all this time. He responded with, “Love isn’t a noun – it’s a verb”.

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Intensive Work With Other Alcoholics

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 5, 2020 9:00:07 AM / by John MacDougall posted in substance abuse, 12 steps of aa, AA Big Book, Older Adult Recovery Programs, Drugs Adiction

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One of the difficulties I have with staying sober is that I like to drink. I also like my drugs: Valium, Percodan, and other opiates, benzodiazepines, and barbiturates. For me, drinking and drugging is forever natural. Being clean and sober is forever unnatural. Even though my sobriety date is July 4, 1989, and I have been sober for 11,173 days, a day at a time, sobriety has never become natural for me. I rely on the “Big Book” of Alcoholics Anonymous and I do what it says to do.

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How to Navigate Addiction During the Holidays

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 18, 2019 4:11:12 PM / by Sherry Gaugler-Stewart posted in family recovery, alcoholism, Recovery, women in recovery, Drugs Adiction

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Oh, the holidays! When we think of them, so many thoughts and images pop into our heads! Snow! Family! Food! Togetherness! Traditions, old and new! Excitement is in the air, and we start planning how and when our ideal holiday will come together. Unfortunately, for those who have a loved one struggling with alcoholism or addiction, an additional level of stress typically accompanies the holidays: worry that our imagined holiday will turn into our worst-case scenario.

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Becoming Self-Supporting

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 5, 2019 11:21:11 AM / by John MacDougall posted in Alcoholics Anonymous, Older Adult Recovery Programs, Men's Sober Residential, Women's Sober Residential, Drugs Adiction

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“Every A.A. group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions.”

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Talk About It

[fa icon="calendar'] May 29, 2019 11:50:23 AM / by Sherry Gaugler-Stewart posted in Alcoholics Anonymous, family recovery, Drug Rehab, Family Sober Support, Drugs Adiction

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“Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.”

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Sometimes we need to break down in order to rebuild

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 17, 2019 7:55:35 AM / by Kara F posted in alcoholism, women in recovery, Women's Sober Residential, Recovery Program, Drugs Adiction

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We have great news here at The Retreat! Our new National Center for Women’s Recovery is now open to lovingly welcome women suffering addiction into a beautiful space to heal! And it’s amazing! I had the absolute privilege to attend an event this past Friday with about 20 other women to break in the center with amazing energy. We wanted to do this so that the energy from women who have been on the journey before could breathe in healing for the women who are to come next. To be in this new space and surrounded by women who have a passion for recovery and a desire to share their unconditional love and energy was heart changing to say the least. As we embraced this new place for community together, we entered each room and blessed the walls with a love and purpose I cannot put down in writing. The new walls are nothing short of extravagant, but what moved me more was the bursting of love from this group of women in preparation to open the doors and welcome home new family. I have often said there is something magic in these walls at The Retreat that is indescribable, that fact most definitely has not changed even though the paint on the walls and the beams that support the walls are rebuilt.

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A Program of Action

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 10, 2019 6:00:00 AM / by John D. posted in Alcoholics Anonymous, AA meetings, Sober Housing, AA Big Book, Drugs Adiction

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If tempted, we recoil from it as from a hot flame

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 27, 2019 6:00:00 AM / by John MacDougall posted in Alcoholics Anonymous, alcoholism, AA Big Book, Recovery Program, Drugs Adiction

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Living In Truth

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 13, 2019 6:00:00 AM / by Kara F posted in Sober Housing, Drug Rehab, Recovery Program, Drugs Adiction, Alcoholism Treatment Program

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There is something extremely satisfying to me when I look out the window first thing in the morning after a new snow and see the perfectly clean state of the world. No dog prints, no dirty sand sprays from recent plows, no half melted snow forts. It’s just pure, un-touched perfection! I feel this way often when I know I am starting a new day and living an authentic life to the best of my ability. I don’t get perfection like that crisp morning snow, but I do get a clean and un-touched slate every day! And I do get to take advantage of that fresh slate to practice living in my truth.

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Reflections on the coldest night of the year

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 30, 2019 8:03:10 AM / by John MacDougall posted in Alcoholics Anonymous, Older Adult Recovery Programs, Men's Sober Residential, Women's Sober Residential, Drugs Adiction

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It’s Tuesday afternoon at The Retreat, and it’s cold. Right now it is 6 degrees below zero. The forecast for tonight is 26 below. Tomorrow’s forecast is 15 below in the daytime and 29 below at night. The all-time low was 32 below, set on the evening of February 3, 1996.

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