The Twelve Steps

“We must remember that AA’s Steps are suggestions only.  A belief in them as they stand is not at all a requirement for membership among us.  This liberty has made AA available to thousands who never would have tried at all, had we insisted on the Twelve Steps just as written.”  Bill Wilson, Alcoholics Anonymous … Read more

Overcome Fear, Take Action, Now…

“Unnecessary fear of a bad decision is a major stumbling block to good decisions.” — Jim Camp Fear often drives our decisions or lack thereof. Some folks indicate that fear of success is included in not making a proactive decision to change. For those of us that are recovering and those of us that are … Read more

The Main Thing…

“Nothing truly valuable arises from ambition or from a mere sense of duty; it stems rather from love and devotion towards men and towards objective things.”  — Albert Einstein True genius lies in the recognition that there is more than what meets the eye than what meets the eye. I remember a story told by Bill … Read more

Recovery v. Treatment

Big Man, this is a reply to your post about the “alcoholic condition being lifted”. At meetings, more and more, I hear that the “alcoholic mind” remains delusional forever, regardless that you are no longer drinking and activating your alcoholism. This, to me, goes against everything I believe AA stands for. I hear often that … Read more

Can or Can’t…

I am looking for a lot of men who have an infinite capacity to not know what can’t be done. ~ Henry Ford When we start out on the recovery journey believing that we can stay sober and live a happy life seems extremely out of reach. In the beginning we get frustrated and regress … Read more

Cleaning the Cobwebs

“Sometimes the biggest gain in productive energy will come from cleaning the cobwebs, dealing with old business, and clearing the desks – cutting loose debris that’s impeding forward motion.” — David Allen The longer I am sober the more clear I can see that Bill Wilson was so advanced in his thinking. The first 164 … Read more

Social Media Aiding Addiction Recovery

Addiction is an every-day battle. Mornings are struggles to wake up, nights are long and fitful. Mantras against substance abuse become the only words in the internal vocabulary. Recovering from addiction is as much a state of being as the addiction process itself. Many people have only those in support groups to help them through … Read more

Recovery integration with treatment, effective or ineffective?

Recently the National Treatment Agency a United Kingdom agency, released a report on its findings for drug treatment and recovery in 2010 – 2011. The agency found that the integration of recovery into treatment is integral to successful completion of the treatment stay and minimizes returns to treatment. Throughout the United States agencies have long … Read more