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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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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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September is National Recovery Month

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 10, 2020 10:35:29 AM / by John D. posted in recovery process, family recovery, Alcohol & Health, help group, Support Group

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What is Recovery Month?

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Get Healthy - Stay Healthy

[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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A Brief History on Sponsorship

[fa icon="calendar'] May 14, 2020 12:00:00 AM / by John D. posted in 12 Steps, AA meetings, AA Big Book, 12 Traditions Of AA, Support Group

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A definition of the word sponsor published at a time when the A.A. program was in its infancy states: “Sponsor - One who assumes, or one to whom is delegated, responsibility for some other person.” Webster, circa - 1936

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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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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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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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Proof of Attendance at Meetings

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 13, 2018 10:10:06 AM / by John D. posted in Alcoholics Anonymous, AA meetings, alcohol abuse, Recovery Program, Support Group

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There is a question that comes up repeatedly around the rooms of the program - what about these people the courts are sending here? What should we do with them?

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