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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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Intimacy in Recovery – “In To Me See”

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 31, 2021 8:00:00 AM / by Lisa D. posted in alcoholism, Recovery, 12 Traditions Of AA, Recovery Program, help group

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When I first came into the Al-Anon program, I had spent so much time and energy into isolating, stuffing my feelings and trying to fix and control people, places and things, that I had no idea who I was, what I liked or disliked or even what I what felt. When they told me that I needed to keep the focus on myself and not the alcoholic, I didn’t know what that meant. I wasn’t capable of an intimate relationship with anyone else because I didn’t have an intimate relationship with myself.

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The 3 L's

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 3, 2021 7:33:00 AM / by John D. posted in recovery process, family recovery, Recovery, Recovery Program, Support Group

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The Loot, The Lift and The Lover

During my four decades of recovery, I’ve worked with hundreds of young men who are enthusiastic and excited about recovery. For them, everything is new and life has taken on a different meaning. They are going to meetings regularly; they are working with their sponsors and the wreckage from their past is slowly getting repaired. But alas, they seem to hit three common roadblocks which sends them spiraling back down the path whence they came. I refer to these three roadblocks as: The Loot, The Lift and The Lover.

 

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Cooking in Recovery

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 26, 2021 2:32:45 PM / by Phil F. posted in alcohol addiction, families, alcoholism, Recovery, Family Sober Support, Recovery Program

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Making Apple Strudel

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LDRSHIP

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 2, 2021 4:27:50 PM / by John D. posted in recovery process, 12 step program, Recovery, 12 steps of aa, 12 Traditions Of AA

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We have the 12 Steps and the 12 Traditions on which volumes of material have been written. Yet, a common theme running through the steps and traditions is this idea of principles. But what are these principles and from where do they come?

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An Ex-Head Speaks Out

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 14, 2020 7:00:00 AM / by John D. posted in Recovery, Drug Rehab, Support Group, Chemical Dependency, Drug Addiction

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An excerpt from The Cathedral Crusader published February 28, 1979.

Author’s Note: This article was published nine-months after I got clean and sober. My high school newspaper asked me to write a story about going through treatment. I was glad to do so. The published story set off alarm bells with the school administrators and it led to changes in school policy toward drug and alcohol use.

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Tree Wisdom

[fa icon="calendar'] May 8, 2020 12:00:00 AM / by Bob Bernu posted in families, family recovery, Recovery, Recovery Program, Support Group, Gratitude

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Thanksgiving weekend 2019 brought 17 inches of heavy wet snow to northwestern Wisconsin, a special place where our family cabin sits, on the Minerva chain of lakes. As I looked out into the yard this past Sunday morning, I was startled by the sight of our many pine trees – white, blue spruce, and jack pine, all sagging towards earth with heavily burdened branches carrying the weight of nature’s winter storm. Concerned these trees might topple or at least suffer the damage of broken branches, I donned Sorel boots, jacket, hat and gloves and set out intent to remove some of the 17 inches of ice crystals these trees of ours were carrying.

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Virtual tour of the new Women’s Center at The Retreat.

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 16, 2020 4:21:41 PM / by John Curtiss posted in recovery process, Recovery, women in recovery, Women's Sober Residential

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Rule #62

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 8, 2020 4:13:47 PM / by John D. posted in Recovery, Drug Rehab, Recovery Program, Alcohol & Health, Drugs Adiction, Alcoholism Treatment Program

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While we are all hunkered down and sheltering in place, we thought some good old fashion humor might lift your spirits. Here are some humorous thoughts from one of our blog contributors – Maj. Donovan, U.S. Army, Ret.

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Keeping Our Focus On Sobriety

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 4, 2020 12:00:00 AM / by John MacDougall posted in alcoholism, 12 step program, Recovery, AA meetings

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I’m writing this on a morning in March when the news media is full of coronavirus, or Covid-19 stories. Today’s Star-Tribune newspaper reports that the Costco store near The Retreat is out of toilet paper and won’t have any more for five days. They are also out of hand sanitizer, plastic gloves, and bleach wipes. The food aisles are decimated, as well, with non-perishables in short supply. It isn’t a full and complete panic, but it is certainly a lot of anxiety for a state that has no known cases of the virus.

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