NO MISTAKES? ARE YOU KIDDING?

  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 […]

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Inside Voice: Insane or Intuition?

“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 Soul

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Addiction Labels: Hurtful, Embarrassing, or a Beginning? marilyn l davis from addict 2 advocate

Addiction Labels: Hurtful, Embarrassing, or a Beginning?

.By: Marilyn L. Davis “I sincerely hope that when you enter treatment, you make the most of the opportunities and solutions to help you change and that you begin to embrace this journey called recovery.” ~ Marilyn Davis   A New Label: Participant     Recently someone referred to you as a drug addict, alcoholic, […]

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Dealing with Guilt in Your Recovery

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.

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Hitting Bottom: High Ones, Low Ones, and Choosing One

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!” 

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A Voice from Al-Anon: We’re All In This Alone Together

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 […]

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A Voice from Al-Anon: Learning to Listen marilyn l davis from addict 2 advocate whitney mckendree moore

A Voice from Al-Anon: Learning to Listen

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 […]

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ARE YOU WAITING BY THE POOL OF BETHESDA?

By: Noelle Sterne        “Are you ready?” Klaus asked finally. “No,” Sunny answered. “Me neither,” Violet said, “but if we wait until we’re ready we’ll be waiting for the rest of our lives, Let’s go.” The Ersatz Elevator                                                                                                                                      […]

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Thursday Truths: Ruth’s Story of Early Al-Anon

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’ […]

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