August 2014 Blog Posts (33)

Recovery Quotes / 12 Steps To Recovery / 12 Stepology

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I do not hold with those who believe that alcoholism is entirely a problem of

mental control. I have had many men who had, for example, worked a period

of months on some problem or business deal which was to be settled on a

certain date, favorably to them. They took a drink a day or so prior to the date,

and then the phenomenon of craving at once became paramount to all…

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Added by mike Callahan on August 31, 2014 at 6:32am — No Comments

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Defiance may be defined as a quality that permits an individual

to snap his fingers in the face of reality and live on unperturbed.

It has two special values for handling life situations. In the first

place, defiance, certainly with alcoholics, is a surprisingly

effective tool for managing anxiety or reality, both of which are

so often a source of anxiety. If…

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Added by mike Callahan on August 30, 2014 at 6:18am — No Comments

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We have heard that at some meetings today, people are told, "just go to

meetings for 90 days and don't drink, and you'll be okay." But this isn't

what the Big Book says. You can look through it from cover to cover,

and you won't find that message anywhere.

 

-- A Program for You, page…

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Added by mike Callahan on August 29, 2014 at 5:27am — No Comments

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The chief activator of our defects has been self-centered fear

 – primarily fear that we would lose something we already 

possessed or would fail to get something we demanded.

 

-- Twelve Steps And Twelve Traditions, page…

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Added by mike Callahan on August 28, 2014 at 5:04am — No Comments

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Calm, thoughtful reflection upon personal relations can deepen our

insight.  We can go far beyond those things which were superficially

wrong with us, to see those flaws which were basic, flaws which

sometimes were responsible for the whole pattern of our lives.

Thoroughness, we have found, will pay  - - and pay handsomely.

 

-- Twelve Steps and…

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Added by mike Callahan on August 27, 2014 at 5:28am — No Comments

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Our Twelfth Step says that as a result of practicing all the Steps, we

have found something called a spiritual awakening. To new A.A.'s,

this often seems like a very dubious and improbable state of affairs.

"What do you mean when you talk about a 'spiritual awakening'?"

they ask.

 

-- Twelve Steps And Twelve Traditions, page…

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Added by mike Callahan on August 26, 2014 at 5:28am — No Comments

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More than most people, the alcoholic leads a double life. He is very much

the actor. To the outer world he presents his stage character. This is the

one he likes his fellows to see. He wants to enjoy a certain reputation, but

knows in his heart he doesn't deserve it.

 

 -- Alcoholics Anonymous, page…

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Added by mike Callahan on August 25, 2014 at 5:32am — No Comments

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When we became alcoholics, crushed by a self-imposed crises we could not

postpone or evade, we had to fearlessly face the proposition that either God

is everything or else He is nothing. God either is, or He isn't. What was our

choice to be?

 

-- Alcoholics Anonymous, page…

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Added by mike Callahan on August 24, 2014 at 6:57am — No Comments

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To those who wish to secede from A.A. altogether, we extent a cheerful invitation to

do just that. If they can do better by other means, we are glad.

 

-- Twelve Concepts

 

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Added by mike Callahan on August 23, 2014 at 6:15am — No Comments

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We've all heard many times that we must love ourselves if we're ever to love

another. Too often we mistakenly think that means we shouldn't need to hear

someone's affirmation of love. That assumption is wrong. Praise from others

builds our self-confidence, keeps us on track, aware of how we're presenting

ourselves moment by moment.  But many of us didn't develop healthy egos…

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Added by mike Callahan on August 22, 2014 at 6:24am — No Comments

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Millions of men and women have heard or read about the unique Fellowship

called Alcoholics Anonymous since its founding in 1935. Of these, more than

2,000,000 now call themselves members. People who once drank to excess,

they finally acknowledged that they could not handle alcohol, and now live a

new way of life without it.

 

-- AA Fact…

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Added by mike Callahan on August 21, 2014 at 5:40am — No Comments

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The family of an alcoholic longs for the return of happiness 

and security. They remember when father was romantic, 

thoughtful and successful. Today's life is measured against 

that of other years and, when it falls short, the family may 

be unhappy.



-- Alcoholics Anonymous, page…

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Added by mike Callahan on August 20, 2014 at 6:49am — No Comments

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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. The verdict of the ages is that faith means courage. All men of faith

have courage. They trust their God. We never apologize for God. Instead we let

Him demonstrate, through us, what He can do. We ask Him…

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Added by mike Callahan on August 19, 2014 at 5:32am — 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…

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Added by mike Callahan on August 18, 2014 at 6:30am — No Comments

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When an individual surrenders, the ability to accept reality functions on

the unconscious level, and there is no residual of battle; relaxation with

freedom from strain and conflict ensues. In fact, it is perfectly possible

to ascertain how much acceptance of reality is on the unconscious level

by the degree of relaxation that develops. The greater the relaxation,…

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Added by mike Callahan on August 17, 2014 at 7:08am — No Comments

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Most of our experiences are what the psychologist William 

James calls the “educational variety” because they develop 

slowly over a period of time. Quite often friends of the new-

comer are aware of the difference long before he is himself. 

 

-- Spiritual Experience, Alcoholics…

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Added by mike Callahan on August 16, 2014 at 8:45am — No Comments

Recovery Quotes / 12 Stepology@facebook / 12 Stepology

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This was our course: We realized that the people who wronged us were 

perhaps spiritually sick. Though we did not like their symptoms and the 

way these disturbed us, they, like ourselves, were sick too. We asked 

God to help us show them the same tolerance, pity, and patience that 

we would cheerfully grant a sick friend. When a person offended we 

said to ourselves, "This is a sick man. How can I be helpful to…

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Added by mike Callahan on August 15, 2014 at 6:45am — No Comments

Recovery Quotes / 12 Stepology@facebook / 12 Stepology

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This was our course: We realized that the people who wronged us were 

perhaps spiritually sick. Though we did not like their symptoms and the 

way these disturbed us, they, like ourselves, were sick too. We asked 

God to help us show them the same tolerance, pity, and patience that 

we would cheerfully grant a sick friend. When a person offended we 

said to ourselves, "This is a sick man. How can I be helpful to…

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Added by mike Callahan on August 15, 2014 at 6:43am — No Comments

Recovery Quotes / 12 Stepology@facebook / 12 Stepology

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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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To the extent that you…

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Added by mike Callahan on August 14, 2014 at 6:49am — No Comments

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The Big Book promises that after doing the work of the first eight Steps and also some Ninth

Step work that we now have the ability to begin tapping into this Wisdom when it says, "We

will intuitively know how to handle situations which used to baffle us". The Eleventh Step also

says that we then can, "ask God for inspiration, an intuitive thought or a decision. We relax…

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Added by mike Callahan on August 13, 2014 at 7:25am — No Comments

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