Category Archives: recovery

Thoughts On A Higher Power

When we first came to recovery we already had a Higher Power.  We worshiped it, followed its every command, and spent many hours a day in its service.  It was the first thing we thought of in the morning, and … Continue reading

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If I’m the only one who benefits, it’s probably not God’s will. ~ Anonymous

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Sometimes you don’t get to pick the starting place, you just get to pick which way you step.  ~ Debora Geary

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Are You Trying To Microwave Your Recovery?

“…If we focus on the outcome we miss the process, and that’s where the good stuff actually happens. Doing the work and absorbing it is where the benefits lie: in the subtle improvements in the way we think, the mended … Continue reading

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Came To Believe

The Second Step reads “Came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.”  It gets a lot of attention because of that “power greater than ourselves” part, but not so much about the “believe” part. … Continue reading

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As Sick As Our Secrets?

Addiction is all about secrets.  By the same token, recovery is about letting sunshine and fresh air into the hidden corners of our souls.  In addiction we build ourselves a little fantasy world, a totally imaginary place where we go … Continue reading

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Slow Down!

Life’s a journey, not an event. If we can’t seem to find time to slow down and smell the roses, might it actually be because we don’t want to look too closely at where we are?

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Numb

The topic at last night’s meeting was “dealing with feelings in recovery.” Several folks mentioned how being happy is often just as big a trigger as being depressed or upset. Early in my recovery from chemical addictions I knew a … Continue reading

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Superstition

Many, if not most, addicts have fallen prey to various superstitions.  By that, I mean that we have adopted ideas about our relationships with the world that have only a passing acquaintance with reality. For example, we may imagine that … Continue reading

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Handling Cravings

A craving is a feeling that we want to get high — to forget who we are, what’s happening, what happened in the past, things that worry us, family problems and so forth. There are times when we’re unable to … Continue reading

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Inertia In The Rooms

There was a recent attempt to change a group by-law in one of the fellowships that I attend.  Although it would have affected only that group, it was a pretty big deal.  So far as anyone could tell (including the … Continue reading

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Rowboat

One of my favorite Buddhist teachings was given by the late Charlotte Joko Beck in her wonderful book “Everyday Zen”. It goes something like this. Imagine that you live by a lake, and you have a rowboat. You’ve just repaired … Continue reading

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Resentment, Forgiveness and Acceptance

Two traveling monks came to a muddy stream, where they observed a woman who was hesitant about crossing.  The older monk approached the woman, bowed, then picked her up and carried her across the stream. He set her down, bowed … Continue reading

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Concerning A Higher Power

I heard another newcomer at a meeting complaining about how she’d had God shoved down her throat by her parents, and she wasn’t having any part of this Higher Power stuff, blah, blah, blah.  I find this sort of thing tedious, to put … Continue reading

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