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Staying Sober

Staying Sober

  One of the most valuable things I have learned in AA is that I have the ability to change my own perception. I can shift from a mindset of positivity and gratefulness rather than one of fear and pessimism. I have the ability to change the lens through which I view things daily. I do not have to let them bring me down and ruin my day and most importantly. I do not have to … Read entire article »

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Our Daily Bread

Our Daily Bread

  Eternity is made up of an endless amount of todays.  There is no yesterday or tomorrow… just today.  The terms “just for today” or “one day at a time” may be clichés in AA, but the importance of today is one that I want to dive into.  The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous says “we are not cured of alcoholism.  What we really have is a daily reprieve contingent on the maintenance of our spiritual … Read entire article »

Filed under: Recovery, Spirituality

Beer, Liquor, Heroin, and Weed: It’s All The Same Don’t Kid Yourself

Beer, Liquor, Heroin, and Weed: It’s All The Same Don’t Kid Yourself

In the Big Book it reads on page 142, “If he temporizes and still thinks he can ever drink again, even beer, he might as well be discharged after the next bender which, if an alcoholic, he is almost certain to have.”  Many problem drinkers who I have recently come across have explained to me that they had a difficult time with alcohol in the past but have now turned to just drinking beer instead … Read entire article »

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Finding The Solution

  In a chapter of the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous, “More About Alcoholism,” a portion of it reads on page 31: “Here are some of the methods we have tried: Drinking beer only, limiting the number of drinks, never drinking alone, never drinking in the morning, drinking only at home, never having it in the house, never drinking during business hours, drinking only at parties, switching from scotch to brandy, drinking only natural wines, agreeing to resign if ever drunk on the job, taking a trip, not taking a trip, swearing off forever (with and without a solemn oath), taking more physical exercise, reading inspirational books, going to health farms and sanitariums, accepting voluntary commitment to asylums — we could increase the list ad infinitum.” Through these different approaches of trying to … Read entire article »

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The Importance of Outside Issues

  Sometimes I hear individuals at Alcoholics Anonymous speak about their desire to keep outside issues separate from their meetings.  The term, “outside issues,” may be used to refer to several different things.  Sometimes individuals using the term mean that others should limit their shares to discussing their addictions to alcohol.  This is founded on the belief that if an individual struggles with an addiction to a substance other than alcohol, he or she should find a more appropriate 12-step fellowship like Narcotics Anonymous or Cocaine Anonymous. Alternatively, outside issues may refer more broadly to any subject not pertaining specifically to alcoholism (i.e., eating disorders or mental illnesses).  While I understand that individuals go to Alcoholics Anonymous for the feeling of likeness and fellowship, I believe that by making that distinction and … Read entire article »

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Rigorously Honest and Sober: Step 4

Rigorously Honest and Sober: Step 4

  To be rigorously honest, I’m terrified of my part in it.  I’ve also been completely turned upside down as to my part in it all. He put me in a box and then spun it on its corner, making it seemingly impossible for me to find perspective, find my bearings. So to delve into the reality of it all in all this darkness seems beyond my reach. Yet, to be active in my program and … Read entire article »

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Cheating on my Therapist with my Sponsor

Cheating on my Therapist with my Sponsor

  I’ve spent 132 hours with my therapist, not including the occasional double session, and I share quite a bit with him.  It is not to say I’m the type of person who quickly attaches herself to people and is an open book, but we consistently meet in a room where I cry, get aggressive, mope, and whine unlike I have done with anybody else (something I’m actually grateful for). When I started seeing my therapist, I … Read entire article »

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Improving My Program in Sobriety

Improving My Program in Sobriety

With four months of sobriety under my belt and half of the Twelve Steps of A.A. completed there is an area of my ongoing program that I need to work on: my daily prayer and meditation.  Almost every person I have talked to that is in A.A. working a consistent program says that prayer and meditation every day can be one of the most useful tools to overcome anything they are struggling with.  The 11th … Read entire article »

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Driven by 100 Forms of Fear

Driven by 100 Forms of Fear

  At night before I go into deep sober slumber my mind is in enveloped with fear and angst about the new day to come when I wake up.  Distress about what is in store for me tomorrow; what situations will subsequently trigger me to use; will my work for my job be satisfactory; will I be in a good mood?  So many frightening things run through my mind that I can’t seem to them shut … Read entire article »

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Fellowshipping

  In the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous, on page 89, one small portion from the chapter Working with Others, states, “To watch people recover, to see them help others, to watch loneliness vanish, to see a fellowship grow up about you, to have a host of friends — this is an experience you must not miss.”  Besides reading the Big Book and Twelve and Twelve, working with a sponsor, and regularly attending meetings, which is still immensely important to recovery from addiction, there is a larger and more needed piece of recovery we as alcoholics and addicts need to be a part of to stay sober.  It’s known as fellowshipping.  Fellowshipping is when people in recovery join together to do something fun and to have a good time with each … Read entire article »

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