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Acceptance

  Back in the day the passage in the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous that was on page 449 having to do with acceptance was often quoted in meetings.  Today in the Fourth Edition of the big Book it can be found on page 417.  It goes like this, “And acceptance is the answer to

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Live and Let Live

  This is another one of the Alcoholics Anonymous slogans.  To me it means to live my life as it unfolds and to not meddle in other people’s business.  Basically, we are told to mind our own business. Alcoholics, sober and not sober have an uncanny knack for telling other people what they should do

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But For the Grace of God

  This slogan of Alcoholics Anonymous admonishes us to not judge others or our fellow sufferers.  Alcoholics are notorious of trying to play the “I’m better than you card.”  We particularly judge our homeless sufferers as unworthy of our attention or concern.   This occurs even after many years of sobriety for some people.  Most

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Selfishness & Self-Centeredness

The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous on page 62 states that it is believed that “selfishness and self-centeredness” are the root of our problems and behavior with alcohol.  We live our lives on the basis that we can do as we please.  When we step on someone’s toes, and they retaliate we just cannot understand

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Drinking

  Some people have the mistaken belief that if they stay sober for a period of time that they can drink like a normal person.  This may happen for a short period of time but sooner than later the alcoholic is drinking as much as they ever did.  Black out drinkers are once again blacking

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The Doctor’s Opinion (part 2)

In a letter to the fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous, Dr. Silkworth went on to explain that “men and women drink because the like the effect produced by alcohol.  The sensation is so elusive that while they admit it is injurious, they cannot after a time differentiate the true from the false.  To them their alcoholic

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The Doctor’s Opinion

Dr. William D. Silkworth played an integral part in the formation of the program of Alcoholics Anonymous. He treated hundreds of alcoholics in his ward at a nationally prominent hospital specializing in the treatment of alcoholism. The doctor became convinced that the body of the alcoholic was as sickened as the mind of a chronic

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Change

  The only thing certain about change is that it is sure to happen.  Major changes must be made in the beginning of a sober life.  The first change is sobriety itself: freedom from all mind-altering chemicals including alcohol (we are not referring to prescribed medications).  It goes without saying that sobriety is a must

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Selfishness

According to the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous, (page 62 starting at the first full paragraph) selfishness and self-centeredness are the root of our problem with alcohol and drugs. It also states that we are driven by a “hundred forms of fear, self-delusion, self-seeking and self-pity. These things cause us to have trouble with others.

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Continue to Watch For

We must continue to watch for selfishness, dishonesty, resentment and fear.  This is stated in Step 10.  In the process of the removal of some of our major, glaring defects of character, we may find some defects still plaguing us.  This is to be expected.  Getting rid of defects of character is mostly a process

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