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Step 4

Step 4 is usually considered as the bogeyman by people who haven’t taken it.  No, it is far from that.  It is in this step that we start to digest large bits of truth about ourselves.  This step takes courage and willingness to be successful.  But we are not alone in our journey.  We have

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Live and Let Live (AA Slogan)

When I look at “live and let live” I hear it telling me to mind my own business.  I tell people that I work with in the program that their business ends at the tip of their nose.  Alcoholics are notorious for having a solution for everyone else’s problems, except their own.  We tend to

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First Things First

First things first are learning about how to prioritize things in our lives.  Being an addict and in recovery the first necessary thing is sobriety.  We must first obtain sobriety and then maintain it through a program of your choice.  It is very helpful to have a sober network of individuals that you can call

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Holidays

Holidays can be stressful days for some addicts.  Memories of past holidays may come to mind.  These memories may be before the addict became addicted.  Childhood holiday experiences which include relatives are prevalent.  In our addiction we may have become estranged from the family pictured in the memory.  Loved ones may have loved ones may

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Easy Does It

What exactly does this slogan mean?  However, we could better start our discussion with what it doesn’t mean.  It could be a paraphrase of “do not put off until tomorrow what you can do today.” Addicts are known for procrastination when it comes to performing common tasks or carrying out responsibilities.  It has been said

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Gratitude

If there is a silver lining to be found in addiction recovery it is surely gratitude.  We are often directed to make written gratitude lists by our sponsors.  By looking at what we are grateful for on paper helps to change our mindset about what is going on in our lives.  We can be grateful

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Coping Skills

Most addicts come into treatment with little or no coping skills. They are unable to manage their emotions and often end up with excessive anxiety and fear.  Coping skills can help the addict learn to deal with their negative emotions as they crop up.  This helps to alleviate the anxiety which could lead to a

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Waiting For the Other Shoe to Drop

I have something to tell you.  SHHHHH! The other shoe has already dropped!  It dropped when you reached the bottom in your disease.  The minute you reached out for help is when your upward recovery journey began.  Addicts are prone to feel as if they are waiting for some calamity to fall them.  This in

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Step 3

The realization that our thoughts and actions have become insane leads us to Step 3.  At first this step looks like a daunting task.  A closer look brings us to the realization that it is simply a decision.  A very large and critical step to working the program.  The belief that there is a Higher

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Fear

The Alcoholics Anonymous Big Book characterizes fears as an “evil and corroding thread; the fabric of our existence was shot through with it (pg. 67).”  It also states that fear is so troublesome that “it ought to be classed as stealing.  It seems to cause more trouble (pg. 68).”  If we look at it objectively,

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