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Why go Through a Medical Detox

In the last two years of practicing my addiction I became addicted to many different substances which could have resulted in a lethal combination.  It is rather odd that I survived in spite of all the various chemicals I was putting into my body on a daily basis.  By all reasonable means I should not

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Expectations

We all have expectations about the way life is supposed to unfold.  We expect water to come out of the faucet when it is turned on.  We expect other cars to stop for the red light when we have the green light.  We expect bananas to taste like bananas when peeled.  All of these are

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Life on Life’s Terms

Accepting life on life’s terms was especially difficult for me in my early sobriety.  I had a sense of entitlement that I was to basically have a quiet and sane lifeby doing nothing.  Adversity did come in my first few years and I had to learn to surrender and show up.  Just because I was

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Think, Think, Think

When I was new to the program, I would see this slogan displayed and wonder what it meant.  I was totally baffled by it.  Was I to think a Lot? Did I need to think with other people? I didn’t have a clue as to what this meant.  Through the year that I have been

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Trust

In the end of my drinking and using career the only thing I trusted was the bottle and the drugs.  Then to my dismay they stopped working for me.  I could not get the desired reaction I wanted anymore, even with almost lethal doses of the drugs.  I tried different combinations of Seconal, Percocet, Ativan.

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Acceptance

“And acceptance is the answer to all my problems today.….nothing happens in God’s world by mistake” (page 417, 4th Edition Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous). Many people confuse acceptance with resignation.  Resignation is like an “oh well” attitude while acceptance is an understanding of a person, place or thing.  When a situation occurs that we

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Working with Others

Sharing the program with others who suffer how we were given help is the very thing which makes life seem so worthwhile to us now.  Our dark past is the very thing we have to share with others.  This dark past is the greatest possession we have – the key to life and happiness for

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It Works, If You Work It

We often hear this phrase around the 12 Step fellowship.  It is usually repeated in unison after the Lord’s Prayer in meetings in many parts of the country.  Just what does this very small phrase mean?  And why is it so important to understand? Well, the word “work” implies that there is some work to

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Promise #2

The second Promise that we are going to look at states that “that feeling of uselessness and self-pity will disappear.”  Disappear?  That means they will be gone for good, one will not be bothered by them anymore.  When I was still drinking and using, I had become useless and full of self-pity.  Of course, I

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The Twelve Promises

In 12 Step literature we are able to find the 12 Promises on pages 83-84 of the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous.  Of course, there are many more promises found in the book, this is just where 12 of them are grouped together.  Today we will look at the first promise which is “we are

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