How a Simple Paradox Changed My Life

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“Such is the paradox of A.A. regeneration: strength arising out of complete defeat and weakness, the loss of one’s old life as a condition for finding a new one.” &ndash ... Read More →

Recovery Taught Me to Let Go

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“There is a divine plan of good at work in my life. I will let go and let it unfold.” – Ruth P. Freedman CONTROL. I have always needed to be the one ... Read More →

Sobriety Is a Journey, Meetings Help Me Enjoy the Ride

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Recently, I had a discussion with a new friend. Upon hearing that I was sober, he asked, “Isn’t the whole AA thing a bit ridiculous? I mean, why bother?” It became ... Read More →

How Proper Nutrition Can Aid Balance and Support Recovery

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We all know that excessive consumption of alcohol is unhealthy, but what we may not know much about is how to counteract the effects of alcoholism to enjoy a healthy life in recovery. We recently ... Read More →

Poor Me, Poor Me, Pour Me Another Drink

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“Admitting that he is somewhat at fault, he is sure that other people are more to blame.” —Alcoholics Anonymous, The Big Book, page 61 My addiction was absolutely everyone else’s ... Read More →

Amazing Grace That Saved a Drunk Like Me

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“Yes, there is a long period of reconstruction ahead…” –Alcoholics Anonymous, Big Book, page 83 I often find myself baffled by all that I have accomplished in my sobriety. Now, I&rsquo ... Read More →

Letting Go of a Dagger Called Guilt

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Recently, I asked my adult son to tell me which time in his childhood was the best and which was the worst. First, he animatedly described a favorite, gleeful story. Then his persona changed. Feeling ... Read More →

What I Have Learned from My Stinking Thinking

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According to the AA glossary, the phrase "Stinking Thinking" refers to an alcoholic's reversion to old thought patterns and attitudes. Stinking thinking may include, blaming others, alcoholic grandiosity, fault-finding, self-centeredness, and skipping meetings. Stinking ... Read More →

Alcohol and Drugs My Master No More

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“There can be as many wrong reasons to do the right thing as there are stars in the sky. There might even be more than one legitimate right reason. But there is never a ... Read More →

We Aren’t a Glum Lot: Why We Remember to Laugh in Recovery

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Addiction is serious business. So serious in fact, that it’s often a matter of life and death. Part of the beauty of recovery is that, after the darkness of addiction, there’s ... Read More →