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[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 5, 2020 10:30:00 AM / by John D. posted in 12 step program, substance abuse, AA Big Book, Recovery Program, Support Group

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National reports estimate over 25 million Americans have a substance use disorder. This includes illicit drugs, prescription medications, and alcohol. In fact, when it comes to alcohol it is estimated that one in eight American adults have an alcohol problem.

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Watching My Mouth

[fa icon="calendar'] May 20, 2020 10:13:15 AM / by Dede Armstrong posted in families, family recovery, Family Sober Support, 12 Traditions Of AA, Recovery Program, Support Group, COVID-19

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Here we are… months after the world became an unknown place, and many of our creature comforts, things we took for granted, turned into vast luxuries. I dream longingly of a haircut or sitting in a café with a dear friend over a steaming cup of bad coffee…or, hardest of all, receiving a hug at an AA meeting. I am getting accustomed to my new masked reality, the shouting at friends from a distance when I have the rare pleasure of seeing them. And, somehow, it is all ok. Really ok. And that is because I watch my mouth.

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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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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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There is No Situation So Bad That A Few Drinks Can’t Totally Screw It Up

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 1, 2020 8:00:00 AM / by John MacDougall posted in AA Big Book, Recovery Program, Alcohol & Health, COVID-19

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At the beginning of April 2020, I’m writing this blog at home. I am on a leave of absence from The Retreat due to the Covid-19 virus. I’m not sick, but I’m in the ‘high risk group”.  I’m 71 years old and have long term asthma that is easily activated. My wife, Priscilla, who almost never gets sick, may have had an incredibly short case of this disease. She ran a fever for less than a day, she was confused, had aches and pains, and slept. In one day, it was gone. She’s 81 years old.

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“I’ve got this.” – or so I thought

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 22, 2019 9:18:16 AM / by Sherry Gaugler-Stewart posted in alcoholism, 12 step program, Family Sober Support, Recovery Program, Alcohol & Health

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“Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.”

- Step 7 from the Al-Anon Family Groups

 

"I am fairly certain that given a cape and a nice tiara, I could save the world."

- Leigh Standley

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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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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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“That’s How You Get To Be An Old Pilot!”

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 2, 2019 6:00:00 AM / by John MacDougall posted in Alcoholics Anonymous, Sober Housing, AA Big Book, Older Adult Recovery Programs, Recovery Program

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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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