Making Amends Means Taking a Step in the Right Direction

“Oh no, God, please don’t let it break down now,” I moaned as the car sputtered down the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Deep in the middle of the Pocono Mountains, my Dodge Omni began losing power. Miraculously, it managed to limp along until it reached the tollbooth. By the...
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The 12th Step: Sharing Happy Memories

It's picnic season. What are your fondest family picnic memories? For some, the memories are hidden - best forgotten.  With the help of the 12th Step, Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to others, and to...
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Addiction and Pick Up Sticks – Mishmash Messages

Dealing with addiction is not a game of skill. Coping with addiction is a test of courage in seeking the truth. The game of Pick Up Sticks reminds me of my failed attempts to unravel another person's clutter while denying my own faults. Including trying to sort out...
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After Eight Rehabs — It’s Still One Day at a Time

Five Minutes into the video below, TJ meets a man on the streets of Philly who tells him, "You're the success story. A lot of your old friends are dead. You're a success story." TJ's only comment. "Wow." He's speechless. Was he thinking back to when he, too, was found...
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The 12th Step: Sharing Happy Memories

It's picnic season. What are your fondest family picnic memories? For some, the memories are hidden - best forgotten.  With the help of the 12th Step, Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to others, and to...

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Addiction and Pick Up Sticks – Mishmash Messages

Dealing with addiction is not a game of skill. Coping with addiction is a test of courage in seeking the truth. The game of Pick Up Sticks reminds me of my failed attempts to unravel another person's clutter while denying my own faults. Including trying to sort out...

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Finding the Grace to Say, “No.”

Not to be rude, but. "No." Yes, you heard me. I said, "No." What more do I have to say? "No," is a complete sentence. When you feel bad because you can’t help a friend, are you comfortable giving a short, truthful explanation--or do you over-explain and go on, and on,...

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Pockets of Denial

Before my recent trip, I searched the internet to find safety tips for women traveling alone. My established practice on previous solo vacations was never carry a purse that pickpockets could pull from my hand. Instead, I kept my credit cards and cash in a money belt...

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One Step at a Time

Hyper? Anxious? Fretful? Restless? Jumpy? Are fireworks going off in your head? Thing out of Control? Sobriety is a journey, a slow journey, not a destination. Slow down. Touch base with your Higher Power. Breath and take it one step at a time.   Step 2. Came to...

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Higher Power: Roots of Support

In the shadow of the Acropolis stands a tiny church built centuries ago. Anticipating the shades of comfort to come, a fragile seedling, whose roots have yet to reach deep into the sun-baked soil, is planted in front of the church.   Because of proper care, the...

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Spending Father’s Day with your Higher Power

Addictive dysfunctional behavior robs us of important things of life. With our Higher Power, however, we can and do recover. Fatherlessness. What's that? It's true. I never danced with my real daddy. We didn’t go to the movies. I don’t remember sitting down and...

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