Recovering alcoholics were selected to ‘carry the message’ because they have been the outcasts of the world. God in His wisdom selected this group of men and women to be the purveyors of His goodness. In selecting them, through whom to bring about this phenomenon’ He went not to the proud, the mighty the famous, …∞
What are these “first things” which I must consider? Upon reflection of my days in Alcoholics Anonymous, so many things seem to have been of tremendous importance, but what I hope to do is give some prominence to those things that I considered were necessary firstly to get me sober, and then to keep me …∞
Abstinence From Drugs of Abuse in Community-Based Members of Narcotics Anonymous Objective: Narcotics Anonymous (NA) is an abstinence-based fellowship with more than 58,000 groups worldwide. There has, however, been little research reported on its members. This study was designed to clarify the nature of the participants in NA who are primarily abstinent, long-term members. Method: …∞
The miracle is this – the more we share, the more we have. –Leonard Nimoy Look around you at the happiest people you know. They are also the most generous and giving people. A generous spirit creates its own environment. In recovery we talk a lot about gratitude – and we have a lot to …∞
Maturity or emotional sobriety is an essential goal of recovery from alcoholism, addiction and co-dependency. Remember that wonderful line in Step Twelve of the “Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions” of Alcoholics Anonymous book about the results of the “exhaustive study” by eminent psychologists and doctors back in the 1950′s? “These distinguished men had the nerve …∞
The Psycho-Dynamics of the ‘’Dry Drunk” The term “dry drunk” is used by alcoholics to describe an emotional state with which they must cope while maintaining sobriety over an extended period. This emotional state is characterised by depression, impatience, intolerance, irritability, nervousness, occasional confusion, and an irrational desire to resume drinking. Avoidance of people is …∞
Helping Others Helps Alcoholics Stay on the Road to Recovery Participating in community service activities and helping others is not just good for the soul; it has a healing effect that helps alcoholics and other addicts become and stay sober, a researcher from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine reports. In a review article …∞
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Evaluating the Quality of Sponsorship and other Peer Guidance Relationships Twelve Step recovery fellowships have a system through which older members in successful recovery help orient new members to their particular recovery program. AA has formalized this process through the practice of sponsorship. Having a sponsor is an important indicator of intensity of mutual aid …∞
Most alcoholics, addicts, gamblers and co-dependents know the frustration of repetitive failure to reach their recovery goals. Consider one man who lived through various setbacks in life over 30 years: Failed in business in 1831 Defeated for the legislature in 1832 Again failed in business in 1834 Sweetheart died in 1835 Had a nervous breakdown …∞
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Action A Day At A Time. Action in the Alcoholics Anonymous program. Life for us in Alcoholics Anonymous can only be lived this wonderful, 24-hour way, but, for me it is a must in recovery. I used to listen to members talking about “First things first” – “Daytime Compartments” – “Easy does it” – all …∞
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