January 2013 Blog Posts (29)

Recovery Quotes / 12 Steps To Recovery / 12 Stepology

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It is a spiritual axiom that every time we are disturbed, no

matter what the cause, there is something wrong with us.

 

-- Twelve Steps And Twelve Traditions, page 90

 

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All blame is a waste of time. No matter how much fault you

find with another, and…

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Added by mike Callahan on January 31, 2013 at 5:51am — No Comments

Recovery Quotes / 12 Steps To Recovery / 12 Stepology

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To be doomed to an alcoholic death or to live on a spiritual basis are

not always easy alternatives to face.

 

-- Alcoholics Anonymous, page 44 

 

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Often it is useful to prepare the ground by clarifying essential ideas

in order to get rid of…

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Added by mike Callahan on January 30, 2013 at 6:34am — No Comments

Recovery Quotes / 12 Steps To Recovery / 12 Stepology

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Love and tolerance of others is our code.

 

-- Alcoholics Anonymous, page 84  

 

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The Pathway of Love which is open to everyone in all circumstances, and upon

which you may step at any moment—at this moment if you like—requires no

formal…

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Added by mike Callahan on January 29, 2013 at 6:54am — No Comments

Recovery Quotes / 12 Steps To Recovery / 12 Stepology

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Nothing, absolutely nothing happens in God’s world by mistake.

 

-- Doctor, Alcoholic, Addict, Alcoholics Anonymous, page 450 (3rd Ed.)

-- Acceptance Was The Answer, Alcoholics Anonymous, page 418 (4th Ed.) 

 

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Today's happenings will have their impact.…

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Added by mike Callahan on January 28, 2013 at 5:48am — No Comments

12 Stepology

No one among us has been able to maintain anything like perfect

adherence to these principles. We are not saints. The point is,

that we are willing to grow along spiritual lines.



-- Alcoholics Anonymous, page 60



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As you learn to consciously observe the transformation process,

you will watch yourself repeating a lot of old patterns long after

you seemingly know better.… Continue

Added by mike Callahan on January 27, 2013 at 8:42am — No Comments

12 Stepology

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When we retire at night, we constructively review our day. Were

we resentful, selfish, dishonest or afraid? Do we owe an apology?

Have we kept something to ourselves which should be discussed

with another person at once? Were we kind and loving toward all?

What could we have done better? Were we thinking of ourselves

most of the time? Or were we thinking of what we could do for

others, of what we could pack into the stream of… Continue

Added by mike Callahan on January 26, 2013 at 8:33am — No Comments

Recovery Quotes / 12 Steps To Recovery / 12 Stepology

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I was not too well at the time, and was plagued by waves of self-pity and 

resentment. This sometimes nearly drove me back to drink, but I soon

found that when all other measures failed, work with another alcoholic

would save the day. Many times I have gone to my old hospital in despair.

On talking to a man there, I would be amazingly lifted up and set on my

feet. It is a design…

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Added by mike Callahan on January 25, 2013 at 5:44am — No Comments

Recovery Quotes / 12 Steps To Recovery / 12 Stepology

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The life of every man is a diary in which he means to write one

story, and writes another; and his humblest hour is when he

compares the volume as it is with what he vowed to make it.

 

-- The Little Minister

 

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Before A.A., I judged myself…

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Added by mike Callahan on January 24, 2013 at 9:11am — No Comments

Recovery Quotes / 12 Steps To Recovery / 12 Stepology

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Our whole life and thinking was centered in drugs in one

form or another – the getting and using and finding ways

and means to get more. We lived to use and used to live.

 

-- Narcotics Anonymous

 

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His craving for alcohol was the equivalent, on a…

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Added by mike Callahan on January 23, 2013 at 10:45am — No Comments

Recovery Quotes / 12 Steps To Recovery / 12 Stepology

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Why does he behave like this? If hundreds of experiences have

shown him that one drink means another debacle with all its

attendant suffering and humiliation, why is it he takes that

one drink? Why can't he stay on the water wagon? What

has become of the common sense and will power that he

still sometimes displays with respect to other…

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Added by mike Callahan on January 22, 2013 at 8:01am — No Comments

Recovery Quotes / 12 Steps To Recovery / 12 Stepology

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What does a sponsor do?

. . . Goes over the meaning of the Twelve Steps, and emphasizes their importance.

 

-- Alcoholics Anonymous pamphlet P-15, Questions and Answers on Sponsorship

 

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I taught you to fight and to fly. What more could…

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Added by mike Callahan on January 21, 2013 at 9:22am — No Comments

12 Stepology

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Is he not a victim of the delusion that he can wrest satisfaction and

happiness out of this world if he only manages well? Is it not evident

to all the rest of the players that these are the things he wants?



-- Alcoholics Anonymous, page 61



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Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could;

some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in;… Continue

Added by mike Callahan on January 20, 2013 at 7:56am — No Comments

Recovery Quotes / 12 Steps To Recovery / 12 Stepology

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Childhood memories rose before me.

 

-- Bill’s Story, Alcoholics Anonymous, page 10

 

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I'm not young enough to know everything.

 

--  The Admirable…

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Added by mike Callahan on January 19, 2013 at 7:06am — No Comments

12 Stepology

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Rarely have we seen a person fail who has thoroughly followed

our path. Those who do not recover are people who cannot or

will not completely give themselves to this simple program,

usually men and women who are constitutionally incapable of

being honest with themselves.



-- Alcoholics Anonymous, page 58



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It didn’t take a genius to figure out I’d come to Perver… Continue

Added by mike Callahan on January 18, 2013 at 6:33am — No Comments

Recovery Quotes / 12 Steps To Recovery / 12 Stepology

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 Porthos dreams of being a bear, and you want to shatter those dreams

by saying he's “just” a dog?  What a horrible candle-snuffing word.

That's like saying, "He can't climb that mountain, he's just a man,"

or "That's not a diamond, it's just a rock."  Just. 

 

-- J.M. Barrie, Finding…

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Added by mike Callahan on January 17, 2013 at 7:41am — No Comments

Recovery Quotes / 12 Steps To Recovery / 12 Stepology

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“Conference-approved” — What It Means to You—

The term has no relation to material not published by G.S.O. It does

not imply Conference disapproval of other material about A.A.

A great deal of literature helpful to alcoholics is published by others,

and A.A. does not try to tell any individual member what he or she

may or may not…

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Added by mike Callahan on January 16, 2013 at 5:47am — No Comments

Recovery Quotes / 12 Steps To Recovery / 12 Stepology

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We never apologize to anyone for depending upon our Creator. We can

laugh at those who think spirituality the way of weakness. Paradoxically,

it is the way of strength.

 

-- Alcoholics Anonymous, page 68

 

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Mysticism and exaggeration go…

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Added by mike Callahan on January 15, 2013 at 7:04am — No Comments

Recovery Quotes / 12 Steps To Recovery / 12 Stepology

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Woman hears an ancient song in her breast and remembers what man has

long forgotten. She still knows where Santa lives. She can still lead her little

ones to where the unicorn and undine play with gnome and elf, where the

water-gods enchant fairyfolk -- she knows the poetry of the wind. She is a

sorceress and as she passes by, fauns begin to whisper to the…

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Added by mike Callahan on January 14, 2013 at 6:09am — No Comments

Recovery Quotes

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So our troubles, we think, are basically of our own making. They arise out

of ourselves, and the alcoholic is an extreme example of self-will run riot,

though he usually doesn't think so. Above everything, we alcoholics must

be rid of this selfishness. We must, or it kills us! God makes that possible.



-- Alcoholics Anonymous, page 62



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Only the detached… Continue

Added by mike Callahan on January 13, 2013 at 8:38am — No Comments

Recovery Quotes / 12 Steps To Recovery

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Even then the best of us will discover to our dismay that there is always

a sticking point, a point at which we say, "No, I can't give this up yet."

And we shall often tread on even more dangerous ground when we

cry, "This I will never give up!" Such is the power of our instincts to

overreach themselves. No matter how far we have progressed,

desires will always be found…

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Added by mike Callahan on January 12, 2013 at 6:33am — No Comments

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