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Do’s and Don’ts of Telling Your Story

You may not know the answer to this question when you first begin, but the following should help you figure it out. (Ivelin Radkov/Shutterstock) Those of us who enter programs such as AA and NA may eventually be charged with the task of telling our stories to others. This may be in the form of…

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The Meaning of HALT – Hungry, Angry, Lonely and Tired

When entering recovery and undergoing aftercare counseling in order to try and stay sober, you may occasionally come into contact with HALT. This acronym has a simple meaning, yet is ever so important to the maintenance of all we hold dear. If we fail to heed the warnings of HALT, there is a good chance…

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Letting Go of Resentments Before They Kill Us

There is a quote about resentments which gets bandied around in recovery circles from time to time. You’ve probably heard it before, at one point or another. “Resentment is like taking poison and waiting for the other person to die.” There are several variations of this quote. The above is attributed to Malachy McCourt, while…

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Honesty (And Why It’s Integral to Sobriety)

Over the years, those of us who have struggled with alcoholism and addiction have had more than one occasion to present ourselves as dishonest. This has often done great harm to those we love, as well as to ourselves. But when we were intoxicated, dishonesty never seemed like much of a problem. Instead, it was…

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Putting Aside Your Reservations Against Sobriety

Even when we know that our addictions have gotten the best of us, we usually have several reasons for believing that we are better off in the throes of alcoholism and addiction than we would be in recovery. We convince ourselves that it helps us think more clearly, or that we perform better in our…

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Letting Go of Selfishness (With Help from the Rolling Stones)

There is a famous Rolling Stones song from 1969 entitled “You Can’t Always Get What You Want.” Regardless of your age, you’ve likely heard the song at one point or another. The basic point is evident in the premise, which is that we often yearn for certain things that are unattainable to us. But as…

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Embracing the First Tradition

Our last article was the first in a twelve-part series that will be published near the beginning of each month, each one dedicated to the promotion of understanding one of the Twelve Steps. While it is quite important for all addicts and alcoholics in recovery to understand these steps, the Twelve Traditions are sometimes neglected.…

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Understanding and Practicing Step One

We are excited to reveal the start of a new feature this month, which we believe will help those in early sobriety as they attempt to adjust to their new way of life while working a solid program of recovery. The idea of this feature is to review one of the 12 Steps every month.…

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Starting Off With A Clean Slate

We’re a couple of days into 2016, and it’s hopefully been going well for you so far. It can be difficult adjusting a new year with new challenges, but the good news is that you get to start with a clean slate. Everything that went wrong last year should provide you with some ideas regarding…

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Making Your New Year’s Resolution

It’s New Year’s Eve, a day which has become symbolic as a time for putting the past to rest and ringing in a year of change and personal evolution. As we ring in the New Year, we are meant to look back and reflect as we assess the highs and lows of the year that…

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