July 2013 Blog Posts (29)

Recovery Quotes / 12 Steps To Recovery / 12 Stepology

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Being still inexperienced and having just made conscious 

contact with God, it is not probable that we are going to 

be inspired at all times. We might pay for this presumption 

in all sorts of absurd actions and ideas.

 

-- Alcoholics Anonymous, page 87

 

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An empty stomach is…

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Added by mike Callahan on July 31, 2013 at 7:13am — No Comments

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Life will take on new meaning. To watch people recover, to 

see them help others, to watch loneliness vanish, to see a 

fellowship grow up about you, to have a host of friends - this 

is an experience you must not miss. We know you will not 

want to miss it. Frequent contact with newcomers and with 

each other is the bright spot of our lives.

 

-- Alcoholics Anonymous, page…

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Added by mike Callahan on July 30, 2013 at 6:39am — No Comments

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.... unless I accept life completely on life’s terms, I cannot be happy.

 

-- Doctor, Alcoholic, Addict, Alcoholics Anonymous, page 449 (3rd Ed.)

-- Acceptance Was The Answer, Alcoholics Anonymous, page…

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Added by mike Callahan on July 29, 2013 at 7:09am — No Comments

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Squarely before us was the question "How anonymous should

an A.A. member be?" Our growth made it plain that we couldn't

be a secret society, but it was equally plain that we couldn't be

a vaudeville circuit, either. The charting of a safe path between

these extremes took a long time.

                                               

-- Twelve Steps And Twelve Traditions, page…

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Added by mike Callahan on July 28, 2013 at 9:34am — No Comments

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But life among Alcoholics Anonymous is more than attending gatherings

and visiting hospitals. Cleaning up old scrapes, helping to settle family

differences, explaining the disinherited son to his irate parents, lending

 money and securing jobs for each other, when justified - these are every-

day occurrences. No one is too discredited or has sunk too low to be

welcomed…

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Added by mike Callahan on July 27, 2013 at 5:52am — No Comments

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Exercise your Human Mind as full as possible, knowing 

it is only an exercise. Most important, let the Human 

Mind of you seek out, experience, and add to your flow 

of consciousness where and when you encounter it. 



-- Robert Monroe

 

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Sought through prayer and…

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Added by mike Callahan on July 26, 2013 at 7:04am — No Comments

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Alcoholics Anonymous was nurtured in its early days around a kitchen table. 

Many of our pioneer groups, some of our most resultful meetings and best 

programs have had their origin around that modest piece of furniture with 

the coffeepot handy on the stove.

True, we have progressed, materially, to better furniture and more 

comfortable surroundings, yet the kitchen table must ever be appropriate 

for us. It…

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Added by mike Callahan on July 25, 2013 at 6:37am — No Comments

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Alcoholics Anonymous was nurtured in its early days around a kitchen table. 

Many of our pioneer groups, some of our most resultful meetings and best 

programs have had their origin around that modest piece of furniture with 

the coffeepot handy on the stove.

True, we have progressed, materially, to better furniture and more 

comfortable surroundings, yet the kitchen table must ever be appropriate 

for us. It…

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Added by mike Callahan on July 25, 2013 at 6:31am — No Comments

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Want to know if a given behavior is a soft addiction? 

If any of these characteristics apply, chances are 

it is: zoning out, avoiding feelings, compulsiveness, 

denial/rationalization, stinking thinking, and hiding 

or lying about the behavior.

 

-- Judith Wright

 

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We must be…

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Added by mike Callahan on July 24, 2013 at 6:39am — No Comments

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Meditation is our step out into the sun.

 

-- Twelve Steps And Twelve Traditions, page 98



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Just sitting shouldn’t be understood as mere quietism. Nor is 

it a way to dwell in a state of bliss, suppress our thoughts, or

cultivate any…

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Added by mike Callahan on July 23, 2013 at 7:15am — No Comments

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Spirituality is best manifested on the ground, not in the air. 

Rapturous day-dreams, flights of heavenly fancy, longings 

to see the Invisible, are less expensive and less expressive 

than the plain doing of duty. To have bread excite thankful-

ness and a drink of water send the heart to God is better 

than sighs for the unattainable. To plow a straight furrow 

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Added by mike Callahan on July 22, 2013 at 6:24am — No Comments

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We have shown how we got out from under. You say, "Yes, I'm willing. 

But am I to be consigned to a life where I shall be stupid, boring and 

glum, like some righteous people I see? I know I must get along 

without liquor, but how can I? Have you a sufficient substitute?"

    Yes, there is a substitute and it is vastly more than that. It is a 

fellowship in Alcoholics Anonymous. There you will find release…

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Added by mike Callahan on July 20, 2013 at 6:07am — No Comments

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The son will run away from the family not at eighteen but at twelve, emancipated 

by his gluttonous precocity; he will fly not to seek heroic adventures, not to deliver 

a beautiful prisoner from a tower, not to immortalize a garret with sublime thoughts, 

but to found a business, to enrich himself and to compete with his infamous papa.



-- Charles…

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Added by mike Callahan on July 18, 2013 at 5:38am — No Comments

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It is easy to let up on the spiritual program of action and rest on our 

laurels. We are headed for trouble if we do, for alcohol is a subtle 

foe. We are not cured of alcoholism. What we really have is a daily 

reprieve contingent on the maintenance of our spiritual condition.

 

-- Alcoholics Anonymous, page…

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Added by mike Callahan on July 17, 2013 at 6:02am — No Comments

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Some of you are thinking: "Yes, what you tell us is true, but it doesn't 

fully apply. We admit we have some of these symptoms, but we have 

not gone to the extremes you fellows did, nor are we likely to, for we 

understand ourselves so well after what you have told us that such 

things cannot happen again. We have not lost everything in life 

through drinking and we certainly do not intend to. 

Thanks for the…

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Added by mike Callahan on July 16, 2013 at 7:19am — No Comments

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We were having trouble with personal relationships, we 

couldn't control our emotional natures, we were a prey 

to misery and depression, we couldn't make a living, we 

had a feeling of uselessness, we were full of fear, we were 

unhappy, we couldn't seem to be of real help to other people -



-- Alcoholics Anonymous, page…

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Added by mike Callahan on July 15, 2013 at 7:03am — No Comments

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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 irk almost anyone, because…

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Added by mike Callahan on July 14, 2013 at 6:44am — No Comments

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A man of thirty was doing a great deal of spree drinking. He was very nervous in the

morning after these bouts and quieted himself with more liquor. He was ambitious

to succeed in business, but saw that he would get nowhere if he drank at all.

Once he started, he had no control whatever. He made up his mind that until he

had been successful in business and had retired, he…

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Added by mike Callahan on July 13, 2013 at 6:59am — No Comments

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Willingness, honesty and open mindedness are the essentials of recovery.

But these are indispensable.

 

-- Spiritual Experience, Alcoholics Anonymous

 

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Objectivity cannot be equated with mental blankness; rather, objectivity

resides in…

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Added by mike Callahan on July 12, 2013 at 7:06am — No Comments

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To sum up about sex: We earnestly pray for the right ideal,

for guidance in each questionable situation, for sanity,

and for the strength to do the right thing.

 

-- Alcoholics Anonymous, page 70

 

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Lust desires to please self at the expense of someone…

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