March 2014 Blog Posts (29)

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Everyone became resigned to the certainty that I would have to be shut

 up somewhere, or would stumble along to a miserable end.  How dark it

is before the dawn!  In reality that was the beginning of my last debauch.

I was soon to be catapulted into what I like to call the fourth dimension of

existence.  I was to know happiness, peace, and usefulness,  in a way…

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Added by mike Callahan on March 31, 2014 at 7:09am — No Comments

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We sometimes hurt those we love because they need to be 

"taught a lesson," when we really want to punish. 

 

-- Twelve Steps And Twelve Traditions, page 94

 

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All violence is the result of people tricking themselves into 

believing that their pain derives from other people and…

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Added by mike Callahan on March 30, 2014 at 6:40am — No Comments

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Since most of us are born with an abundance of natural desires, it isn't

strange that we often let these far exceed their intended purpose. When

they drive us blindly, or we willfully demand that they supply us with more

satisfactions or pleasures than are possible or due to us, that is the

point at which we depart from the degree of perfection that God wishes…

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Added by mike Callahan on March 29, 2014 at 7:08am — No Comments

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And if I don't know what's good for me, then I don't know what's

good or bad for you or for anyone. So I'm better off if I don't give

advice, don't figure I know what's best, . . . .

 

-- DOCTOR, ALCOHOLIC, ADDICT, Alcoholics Anonymous, page 450 (3rd Ed.)

-- ACCEPTANCE WAS THE ANSWER, Alcoholics Anonymous, page 418…

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Added by mike Callahan on March 28, 2014 at 7:52am — No Comments

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Tradition Two, like all the A.A. Traditions, is the voice of experience, 

based upon the trials of thousands of groups in our pioneering time. 

The main principles of Tradition Two are crystal clear: the A.A. groups 

are to be the final authority; their leaders are to be entrusted with 

delegated responsibilities only.

 

-- The A.A. Service Manual Combined With Twelve Concepts for World…

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Added by mike Callahan on March 27, 2014 at 4:18am — No Comments

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My friend suggested what then seemed a novel idea. He said,

"Why don't you choose your own conception of God?"

    That statement hit me hard. It melted the icy intellectual mountain in whose

shadow I had lived and shivered many years. I stood in the sunlight at last.

    It was only a matter of being willing to believe in a Power greater than myself.

   Nothing…

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Added by mike Callahan on March 26, 2014 at 7:13am — No Comments

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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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You need to claim the…

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Added by mike Callahan on March 25, 2014 at 6:58am — No Comments

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Hit the bottom and get back up; or hit the bottle and stay down.

-- Anthony Liccione

 

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Upon a foundation of complete willingness I might build what

I saw in my friend. Would I have it? Of course I would!

 

-- BILL”S STORY, Alcoholics…

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Added by mike Callahan on March 24, 2014 at 5:40am — No Comments

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Here is the fellow who has been puzzling you, especially in his lack of control. He does absurd,

incredible, tragic things while drinking. He is a real Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. He is seldom mildly

intoxicated. He is always more or less insanely drunk.

-- Alcoholics Anonymous, page…

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Added by mike Callahan on March 23, 2014 at 4:58am — No Comments

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So in the beginning, when the fellowship program and the program in the Big Book

were the same, it is estimated that 75 percent of the people who used the Twelve

Step program and really tried to recover from the disease of alcoholism actually did.

We wonder what the percentage is today. We doubt seriously if it's 50 percent, let

alone 75 percent. We don't think drunks today are much different than they were in

1939, and certainly alcohol isn't… Continue

Added by mike Callahan on March 22, 2014 at 7:22am — No Comments

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But we need to point out that the Big Book doesn't deal with fellowship at all.

It deals with the program of recovery as used by the first one hundred people

in AA. The fellowship came out of the program, not the other way around.

If you look at the top of page xx in the Big Book, you'll see just how effective the

book was when the fellowship's recovery program…

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Added by mike Callahan on March 21, 2014 at 5:37am — No Comments

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Some of us have been violently anti-religious. To others, the word 

"God" brought up a particular idea of Him with which someone had 

tried to impress them during childhood. 



-- Alcoholics Anonymous, page 45



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Added by mike Callahan on March 20, 2014 at 5:30am — No Comments

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At this juncture - the spring of 1935 - Dr. Silkworth pointed out to me that

I had forgotten all about deflation at depth. I had simply turned preacher.

Said he, "Why don't you pour the grim medical facts into these people

before you do anything else? Have you forgotten what William James said

about ego deflation at depth? Give them…

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Added by mike Callahan on March 18, 2014 at 5:36am — No Comments

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Armored now by utter conviction, and fortified by my characteristic power drive,

I took off to cure alcoholics wholesale.  ....... Slowly the defects of my approach

came to light. Something like a religious crank, I was obsessed with the idea that

everybody must have a "spiritual experience" just like mine. I forgot that James

had said that there were many varieties of the…

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Added by mike Callahan on March 17, 2014 at 5:35am — No Comments

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In all work with a newcomer, the sponsor underscores the fact that it

is the A.A. recovery program, not the sponsor's personality or position,

that is important.  Thus the newcomer learns to lean on the program,

not on the sponsor.  A sponsor who has truly been putting the program

first will not take it as a personal insult if the newcomer decides to

change sponsors or…

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Added by mike Callahan on March 16, 2014 at 6:56am — No Comments

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For the alcoholic, A.A. offers the directions. A vital factor, or ingredient of the preventive,

especially for the alcoholic, is sustained emotion.  The alcoholic who learns some of the

techniques or the mechanics of A.A. but misses the philosophy or the spirit may get tired

of following directions -- not because he is alcoholic, but because he is human.  Rules and

regulations…

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Added by mike Callahan on March 14, 2014 at 6:04am — No Comments

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It is quite possible to waste a lot of time and energy trying to make impossible changes.

Many of us, inspired by the dynamics of the program and driven more by enthusiasm than

prudence, strike out on missions that cannot be accomplished -- missions we cannot win

and should never undertake. 

Turning back the clock is one of these. It can't be done. Controlling someone…

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Added by mike Callahan on March 13, 2014 at 5:23am — No Comments

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“You are an A.A. member if you say so. You can declare yourself in; nobody can keep you out.

No matter who you are, no matter how low you’ve gone, no matter how grave your emotional

complications – even your crimes – we still can’t deny you A.A.  We don’t want to keep you out.

We aren’t afraid you’ll harm us ………

We just want to be sure that you get the same great chance for sobriety that we’ve had. So

you’re…

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Added by mike Callahan on March 12, 2014 at 5:27am — No Comments

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It has often been said of A.A. that we are interested only in alcoholism. That is not

true. We have to get over drinking in order to stay alive. But anyone who knows the

alcoholic personality by firsthand contact knows that no true alky ever stops

drinking permanently without undergoing a profound personality change.

 

-- As Bill Sees It, Page…

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Added by mike Callahan on March 11, 2014 at 5:24am — 1 Comment

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Some of us have been violently anti-religious. To others, the word 

"God" brought up a particular idea of Him with which someone had 

tried to impress them during childhood. 



-- Alcoholics Anonymous, page 45



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