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What is a Recovery Community Organization?

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 23, 2019 9:00:00 AM / by John D. posted in substance abuse, 12 steps of aa, Drug Rehab, Older Adult Recovery Programs, Men's Sober Residential, Women's Sober Residential

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“A Recovery Community Organization (RCO) is devoted to providing services to and tearing down barriers for those suffering from a substance use disorder. It is a
grassroots community-based organization staffed by people in recovery." 

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For it is in giving that we receive

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 17, 2019 8:00:00 AM / by John D. posted in Alcoholics Anonymous, Recovery, AA meetings, 12 steps of aa, Men's Sober Residential, Women's Sober Residential

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Every A.A. group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions.” (Tradition Seven of the 12 Traditions of Alcoholics Anonymous)"

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The Road to Relapse

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 14, 2019 1:05:34 PM / by John D. posted in AA meetings, AA Big Book, Men's Sober Residential, Women's Sober Residential, Recovery Program

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I stopped going to meetings....I stopped hanging out with people in the program

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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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The Grouch and The Brainstorm

[fa icon="calendar'] May 1, 2019 7:32:17 AM / by John MacDougall posted in Sober Housing, 12 steps of aa, AA Big Book, Men's Sober Residential, Women's Sober Residential

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Most weekdays I work at The Retreat as the Spiritual Care Coordinator. Most of the time I am meeting with men and women who have already identified themselves as alcoholics and addicts who need recovery and want recovery, using the Twelve Steps and the Big Book of alcoholics anonymous. They understood that what The Retreat has is a thirty day immersion into the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous. What The Retreat does not have is radio, television, computers, cell phones, and much in the way of entertainment. We take people who need recovery, put them with people who have recovery, and let everyone benefit from shared experience.

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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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A Part Of

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 21, 2018 10:30:00 AM / by Jake Lewis posted in AA meetings, Sober Housing, Men's Sober Residential, Women's Sober Residential, Support Group

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Growing up, I wanted people to like me. I considered it a personal challenge to win people over. And I wanted to feel connected to those people. I was intrigued by spirituality, and how it might make me feel connected, so I would “meditate.”  But really I was just getting high, contemplating not my place in the vast continuum, but rather how a fish might have a swordfight with a bee.

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“Heave awa, lads, I’m no’ deid yet!”

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 2, 2017 5:30:00 AM / by John MacDougall posted in Alcoholics Anonymous, 12 steps of aa, Men's Sober Residential, Women's Sober Residential, Recovery Program

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I just returned from a trip to Scotland with my family. We visited the ancestral home of the MacDougalls, in Argyll, near Oban, as well as in Edinburgh, where my grandfather was born in 1888.

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“I Wish I Could Go To The Retreat Without Having To Relapse.”

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 28, 2017 9:16:39 AM / by John MacDougall posted in Sober Housing, AA Big Book, Older Adult Recovery Programs, Men's Sober Residential, Women's Sober Residential

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           I have heard this wishful thinking many times over the past three years, since I came to work at The Retreat full time in May 2014. Many people who are sober in AA have a sense that their program isn’t all that it could be. They want more, but aren’t sure how to get it. Our Big Book says that it is easy to be vague about the matter of prayer and meditation, and then it goes on to make some “definite and valuable suggestions.” (page 86). The Retreat is all about those “definite and valuable suggestions” that we find in the Big Book.

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My Behavior is My Prayer.

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 7, 2017 10:02:46 AM / by John MacDougall posted in Alcoholics Anonymous, AA Big Book, Older Adult Recovery Programs, Men's Sober Residential, Women's Sober Residential

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