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Recovery Is Not Sexually Transmitted

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 28, 2018 9:30:00 AM / by John MacDougall posted in relationships during recovery, recovery tools, recovery process

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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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Don't Quit Before the Miracles Happen.

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 13, 2017 9:30:00 AM / by John MacDougall posted in alcohol addiction, drug dependency, drinking, Alcoholics Anonymous, recovery process

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This weekend, I will be an A.A. Speaker at the “Rogue Roundup” in Grant’s Pass, Oregon. Although I have spoken at a number of A.A. roundups, this will be the first one on the west coast. I’m the last of nine speakers, most from California, and I follow the famous Clancy I. One difference between the Los Angeles speakers and myself is that I don’t have a dramatic drinking story. I drank quietly, and I never got arrested. Because I don’t have a “war story” to present, I’m going with four important things I’ve learned in A.A. so far.

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The Import of Sponsorship

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 13, 2016 9:00:00 AM / by Dick Rice posted in recovery process, Sponsor Relationships, Recovery

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Mindfulness during the Holiday Season

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 18, 2015 1:39:53 PM / by Ellie Hyatt posted in recovery process, addiction, Al-anon, Family Program, family support, family recovery, drug recovery, alcohol recovery, mindfulness

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The expectation of the holiday season can be stressful for everyone. For reasons that might be obvious, that stress seems to be even greater in families dealing with recovery from a drug or alcohol addiction. 

There is a simple practice that can reduce that stress and offer us the opportunity for a meaningful holiday experience; that is a mindfulness practice. It allows us to stop our racing thoughts, which are usually produced by some form of fear. It allows us to make choices that support our well-being. It allows us to be present.

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The Tenth Step Revisited

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 15, 2015 4:35:00 PM / by Dick Rice posted in alcohol addiction, drug addiction, Alcoholics Anonymous, recovery process

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Back in the early 1970’s, I had the opportunity to be summer pastor at a small church in Struble, Iowa, just north of LeMars.  There was little to no night life and I quickly became the gathering place for the adolescents of the town.  Night after night, as July gave way to August, they would appear, telling their tales of “walking the beans” or “walking the corn” that day.   As a city boy, I had no idea what they were talking about until they actually took me out to a field and invited me to “walk the beans’ with them.  I was amazed at the number and variety of weeds that were growing up with the crops.   I was also surprised at how quickly the work became tedious and taxing, necessary as it was.  

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What Is Spirituality?

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 21, 2015 1:30:00 PM / by John MacDougall posted in Alcoholics Anonymous, recovery process, higher power, big book, AA, spirituality

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Carrying the Message of Hope and Recovery.

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 8, 2015 3:10:49 PM / by John Curtiss posted in Alcoholics Anonymous, recovery process, higher power, fifth tradition, AA, carrying the message, hope, recovering alcoholics

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Relapse Is Not a Part of Recovery, It’s Part of The Disease.

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 10, 2015 1:30:00 PM / by John MacDougall posted in alcohol addiction, drug addiction, Alcoholics Anonymous, recovery process, relapse

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There has been an important change in the way that many people define relapse and recovery. Twenty years ago, when I started working in treatment, relapse was a sign of failure, a failure with a shared responsibility. It was the alcoholic’s responsibility, in that they had picked up another drink, but it was also a time for the staff to question, “What did we miss? Is there anything we could have done, or done better that could have helped this alcoholic avoid relapse?”

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How Having a Community Atmosphere Can Create Stronger Sobriety.

[fa icon="calendar'] May 5, 2015 10:32:09 AM / by John Curtiss posted in alcohol addiction, alcohol dependency, drug addiction, drug dependency, Alcoholics Anonymous, recovery process, sober community

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Community involvement has been a cornerstone in many human developments from building a strong educational environment to creating a network of expanding business opportunities. Like the development seen in local communities for prosperity and future growth, creating a strong community atmosphere is an essential part of early sobriety.

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