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The Truth below the Truth

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 24, 2019 3:46:35 PM / by Sherry Gaugler-Stewart posted in family recovery, alcoholism, Family Sober Support, help group, Support Group

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Two Heads are Better than One

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 29, 2019 6:00:00 AM / by Sherry Gaugler-Stewart posted in family recovery, 12 step program, Family Sober Support, Recovery Program, help group

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“Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.”

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The Gift of Fear for a Heart of Faith

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 27, 2018 3:14:04 PM / by Kara F posted in Alcoholics Anonymous, AA meetings, Drug Rehab, Drugs Adiction, help group

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As we enter into yet another new year, it’s hard not to look back at what has taken place over 2018. But for me, it’s even harder not to look forward with plans and questions of uncertainty for the year to come. I try to live one day at a time as best I can, but reflecting on a new calendar has me “what if”-ing in wonder and veering off the track of living for today. Some of the wonder is exciting. But honestly, some of the wonder is scary. The un-played days of 2019 haven’t even started yet and my mind wants to prepare for them. Truth be told, I tend to lean into fear. Maybe rightly so, I have a past riddled with pain and hurt. Everyone does. It’s not fun. And my ego wants to avoid painful stuff and control its very existence. The problem is…I don’t get to!! But hey, check this out…I also have a past riddled with joy and triumph! Life comes with both! And isn’t this really just a question of practicing the choice to focus on the joy over the pain anyways? Isn’t it just a practice in letting go and acceptance? A practice of choosing faith over fear? I think so! Its 3rd step genius!! “Gods will not mine” is the brilliance of realizing we get to choose faith over fear. I have that choice each and every day in each and every situation.

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Michelle...

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 11, 2018 12:24:33 PM / by John D. posted in substance abuse, AA meetings, 12 steps of aa, help group, Support Group

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I received my three-month medallion on October 22, 1978. I was fifteen, sober and I was thrilled. To add to my excitement - weeks earlier I had scored tickets to see Bob Dylan at the St. Paul Civic Center on October 31, 1978. This would be the first time that Bob Dylan would play a concert in Minnesota in 16 years. The concert had sold-out immediately and I had managed to get tickets. I was stoked. I was three-months sober and I was going to see Dylan.

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Recovery Is Not Sexually Transmitted

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 28, 2018 9:30:00 AM / by John MacDougall posted in Sober Housing, 12 steps of aa, AA Big Book, Recovery Program, help group

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Every morning at The Retreat I look at the in-house email. It tells me who has the day off, the lunch menu for the day, and any special events. It tells the number of admissions and discharges at The Retreat, and how many guests we have. It also lists the number of openings in the six sober houses that The Retreat owns and operates in Saint Paul. Usually the number of openings is “0”.

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Top Five Things About Getting and Being a Sponsor

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 7, 2018 9:30:00 AM / by John D. posted in AA meetings, AA Big Book, Recovery Program, help group, Support Group

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Top Five Things About Getting a Sponsor:

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Serving Those Who Have Served

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 15, 2017 10:00:00 AM / by John D. posted in alcoholism, Recovery, Recovery Program, Treatment Program, help group

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This time of year always finds me reflecting on the men and women who have served in our Armed Forces. Veterans Day, Pearl Harbor Day, the anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge, the anniversary of the Tet Offensive all take place at this time of year. Additionally, from now through New Year’s Eve we will see TV commercials from service women and men who are overseas wishing loved ones back home a merry and happy holiday season.

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Safety in Self-Help Groups - A.A.’s Common Welfare.

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 15, 2017 10:17:04 AM / by John D. posted in Alcoholics Anonymous, AA meetings, 12 Traditions Of AA, help group, Support Group

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Earlier this year the General Service Office (GSO) of Alcoholics Anonymous in New York, NY published guidance on “Safety in A.A.”.  The paper was entitled "Safety and A.A.:  Our Common Welfare".  Printed on January 25, 2017,  this paper laid out the A.A. philosophy and helpful suggestions for keeping A.A. groups safe.  

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The Import of Sponsorship

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 13, 2016 9:00:00 AM / by Dick Rice posted in Recovery, AA meetings, Recovery Program, help group, Support Group

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