Seven Heavenly Virtues: Patience

The penultimate article in our series on the Seven Heavenly Virtues may come as a surprise to some. Not the concept of patience as a virtue—which is, after all, a rather common expression—but rather the fact that its counterpart in the Seven Deadly Sins is generally held to be wrath. It may be a bit…

Seven Heavenly Virtues: Charity

In the most recent installment of our series on the Seven Heavenly Virtues, we mentioned that kindness meant more than just charity. Of course, the two clearly still go hand-in-hand. And once recovering addicts and alcoholics have learned the basics of kindness, it is time to begin branching out and finding new ways of demonstrating…

Spring: The Season of the Addict’s Rebirth

Spring arrived this past weekend, and it’s a good time for recovering addicts and alcoholics—as well as their families—to think about the direction in which their life is headed. After all, it’s been almost three months since we made our New Year’s resolutions. Some of us have made decent progress, while others have yet to…

Fulfilling the Twelve Promises: Part 1

The Twelve Promises, also referred to as the Ninth Step Promises, are an interesting part of AA culture. They are not technically published as a list, but rather as a paragraph on pages 83-84 of the AA Big Book. Yet many have taken them and published them in list form on occasion, referring to them…

Seven Deadly Sins: Greed

So far, our series on the Seven Deadly Sins has covered sloth, gluttony and envy. These last two may not seem to have much in common, yet they both share one thing: a sense of greed. Seeing as greed is today’s focus in our Deadly Sins series, it only seems fitting to point out the…

Seven Deadly Sins: Sloth

This is the second installment in our series on the Seven Deadly Sins. The first we covered was envy, right before taking a short break to cover the difference between envy and jealousy. Now, our series continues with a discussion on sloth. This is one of many character defects to be covered in this series…

Establishing a Sober Routine

Addicts and alcoholics aren’t generally accustomed to living a life of routine. We may have certain rituals, getting high in the morning or drunk at certain events. We may be used to taking a swig when we first wake up to try and cure our hangovers. But in general, any kind of healthy routine is…

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…

Learning to Express Gratitude

The holiday season is currently upon us, which means that people all over the nation are learning to cultivate a spirit of giving as a means of spreading holiday cheer. But for every person to whom the holiday spirit comes naturally, there is another who is struggling. And those who are in recovery from alcoholism…

Is It Okay to Treat Yourself?

If you’ve ever seen the hit comedy series Parks and Recreation, then you might be familiar with the concept of taking a “treat yo’ self” day. Many fans of the series latched onto the idea as a great way of taking a break from life every once in a while to do the things we…