By: Noelle Sterne “Many times what we perceive as an error or failure is actually a gift. And eventually we find that lessons learned from that discouraging experience prove to be of great worth.” ― Richelle E. Goodrich, Smile Anyway Uh-Oh __ I thought I’d made a terrible mistake. After receiving my […]
“We all have an inner voice, our personal whisper from the universe. All we have to do is listen — feel and sense it with an open heart. Sometimes it whispers of intuition or precognition. Other times, it whispers an awareness, a remembrance from another plane. Dare to listen. Dare to hear with your heart.” ― C.J. Heck, Bits, and Pieces: Short Stories from a Writer’s SoulRead More
Most of us give excuses when we do not want to do something, or someone questions us about why, when, or how we did or did not do something.Read More
Guilt motivates some people to change; they feel bad about their behaviors and they want these feelings to stop, so they change, and make amends.
Shame, however, often paralyzes people. Their distorted opinion of themselves leads them to believe that no one could forgive them for their actions; they think they are so worthless and undeserving of absolution that they often do not try to make amends.
Many people have tried to recover and hit yet another lower bottom because they keep trying unsuccessful methods. If this has happened to you, then this bottom can be the last if you do things differently.
I’ve always thought that the quote from Israelmore Ayivor speaks to all the ways we’ve tried to overcome our addiction on our own, and haven’t been successful. “You need to GIVE UP on methods that always give you wrong results… No matter how committed you are with a wrong formula, it always gives a wrong answer. Give up!”
These messages can have a harmful or harmful effect on you as an adult. When you still believe these old messages, you give them power over you.Read More
By: Marilyn L. Davis “So what do we do? Anything. Something. So long as we just don’t sit there. If we screw it up, start over. Try something else. If we wait until we’ve satisfied all the uncertainties, it may be too late.” —Lee Iacocca But There’s Sooo Much to Do! […]Read More
By: Saoirse Love Now in your moonlight I rise alone Knowing you are not coming anymore And I ache for the seduction of your ghost form As I ache for any drug Once an addict In my waking dreams you appear A-ghostly-mirage Faded and pale As unreal as all your lost […]Read More
By: Whitney McKendree Moore Isolated in the Group? When I finally found my way into Al-Anon, I began to see what Lily Tomlin may have meant when she said, “We’re all in this alone together.” I had grown up in functional alcoholism and had then married it, so heads were nodding as I introduced myself […]Read More
By: Whitney McKendree Moore Changing My Focus by Listening Al-Anon has taught me that recovery involves listening. One of our slogans is Listen and Learn. Another is Progress Not Perfection. Another (which I made up) is Recovery is a Verb. In Al-Anon meetings, sharing after sharing has built my trust that The Higher […]Read More
By: Tricia Moceo “Even though we knew she was going to die eventually, when it happened it was still a terrible, rude shock. I thought I was prepared, but when it happened I fell apart…” ― Hope Edelman, Motherless Daughters: The Legacy of Loss Who is a Mom? Every little girl dreams […]Read More
Note from the Editor-in-chief, Marilyn L. Davis: Ever wonder what the early days of Al-Anon were like? Whitney McKendree Moore had the pleasure of interviewing Ruth in 2000 for this post. We are grateful to people like Lois Wilson, wife of Bill Wilson for taking people under her wing like Ruth, and for the ‘Ruths’ […]Read More