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Selfish Sponsorship

[fa icon="calendar'] May 30, 2024 4:18:24 PM / by Maj Donovan posted in Alcoholics Anonymous, Recovery, AA meetings, Recovery Program, Support Group

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“You have to get involved in service. You have to get involved in service. You have to get involved with service.” The phrase seemed to echo off the walls of our meeting room.  Well intentioned recovery members repeated the phrase incessantly to me in my early sobriety.  And much to their credit I did get involved and I did stay sober.  Afterall, they told me, “nothing will so much ensure our immunity from the first drink as intensive work with other alcoholics. It works when all else fails.”  
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Make 2024 the Year to Get SMART

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 10, 2024 9:00:00 AM / by Maj Donovan posted in alcohol addiction, Recovery, Drug Rehab, Support Group, higher power

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In the early days of January, it is easy to make progress on New Year’s resolutions, but by the time we reach the end of the month, many of us have abandoned our resolutions for 2025. This year, instead of making a resolution, how about making a SMART Goal?  In this way if you have an off week or two, we can always climb back on the train to your intended destination.

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Holiday Tips for Families

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 15, 2023 12:39:25 PM / by Sherry Gaugler-Stewart posted in alcohol addiction, Recovery, Drug Rehab, Family Sober Support, Alcohol & Health, Support Group

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December often raises many questions for family members who have a loved one active in an addiction – or a loved one early in recovery.  It can be difficult to know how to support our loved one.  Below are a few simple tips.

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The Retreat celebrates 25 years opening doors to recovery

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 22, 2023 12:09:02 PM / by Staff Blog posted in Alcoholics Anonymous, recovery process, Support Group, celebration

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Innovative center for addiction recovery has served 30,000 individuals and families

June 21, 2023 (WAYZATA, Minn.) – The Retreat, the Wayzata, Minn.-based continuum of care that provides recovery services, programs and community resources to individuals and families dealing with substance use disorder, marks its 25th anniversary on Wednesday, June 21. 

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Sponsorship and Sober Coaching

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 22, 2023 8:15:00 AM / by Maj Donovan posted in Alcoholics Anonymous, recovery process, Recovery, Support Group

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What is the difference between sponsorship and sober coaching?  Can a person have both?  Can a person be both a sober coach and a sponsor?  

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Traits of Sponsorship

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 8, 2021 8:00:00 AM / by Maj Donovan posted in recovery process, AA meetings, Recovery Program, Alcoholism Treatment Program, Support Group

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Sponsors come from all levels of society, all cultures, and every gender identity. There are certain traits good sponsors share. These core traits are foundational to good sponsorship. 

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November is National Gratitude Month

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 10, 2021 8:00:00 AM / by Maj Donovan posted in recovery process, AA meetings, Recovery Program, Alcoholism Treatment Program, Support Group

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We often hear in self-help meetings, “Have an attitude of gratitude”. For those of us who may not be feeling grateful, this can often come across as cliché and trite. But there is age old wisdom in the saying.

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Changing the Faces & Places

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 6, 2021 8:00:00 AM / by Maj Donovan posted in recovery process, AA meetings, Recovery Program, Alcoholism Treatment Program, Support Group

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When I first came into the program, I was told by my sponsor and home-group members that I had to change the faces and places. I didn’t understand the phrase so I asked for clarification. They told me I had to find a new group of friends and a new set of hang-outs. For a 15-year-old, this was a monumental task. My peer group was everything to me. But I knew if I was going to stay alive and stay sober, I had to heed their sage advice.

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September is National Recovery Month – “Recovery is for Everyone”

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 11, 2021 8:00:00 AM / by Maj Donovan posted in recovery process, AA meetings, Recovery Program, Alcoholism Treatment Program, Support Group

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Recovery Month is a national observance held every September. Started in 1989, Recovery Month educates Americans that substance use treatment and mental health services can enable those with a mental and/or substance use disorder to live a healthy and rewarding life.

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Recovering In the Heat

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 16, 2021 8:00:00 AM / by Maj Donovan posted in 12 Steps, AA meetings, AA Big Book, Alcoholism Treatment Program, Support Group

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You can turn up the heat emotionally. You can turn up the heat physically. But what do you do when your emotional and physical temp are turned up, and you can’t access the reset gauge?

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