Step 12 – Give it Away – But Keep your Boundaries

There are times when being kind gets out of hand and turns into enabling, doing for others, what they can do for themselves. That is never a generous thing to do! If you want to give something away, be sure it is not your dignity and sense of self. Step 12. Having had...

Bad Hair Day: Or How to Reduce the Knots of Life

Is today a day when everything seems to be going wrong? Is a bad hair day making you feel unattractive-useless? When we find ourselves in a sticky situation, not of our own making, there are steps we can take to repair the deep root damage. Together, we can nourish...

Freedom to Face the Past by Helping Others

We are going to know a new freedom and a new happiness. We will not regret the past nor wish to shut the door on it. We will comprehend the word serenity and we will know peace. No matter how far down the scale we have gone, we will see how our experience can benefit...

Codependency Recovery: One Step at a Time

Last evening I spoke to family members who have a loved one in a substance abuse treatment center. My short presentation dealt with the value of Al-Anon and other 12-Step support programs. As expected, I covered what defines a codependent and how our behavior can fuel...

Bad Hair Day: Or How to Reduce the Knots of Life

Is today a day when everything seems to be going wrong? Is a bad hair day making you feel unattractive-useless? When we find ourselves in a sticky situation, not of our own making, there are steps we can take to repair the deep root damage. Together, we can nourish...

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Freedom to Face the Past by Helping Others

We are going to know a new freedom and a new happiness. We will not regret the past nor wish to shut the door on it. We will comprehend the word serenity and we will know peace. No matter how far down the scale we have gone, we will see how our experience can benefit...

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Codependency Recovery: One Step at a Time

Last evening I spoke to family members who have a loved one in a substance abuse treatment center. My short presentation dealt with the value of Al-Anon and other 12-Step support programs. As expected, I covered what defines a codependent and how our behavior can fuel...

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Did your Role Model Follow the 12 Steps?

Addictions rob us of the most important thing in life—healthy relationships. Thankfully, I had a Dziadzi (Jaw-Gee)—grandfather in Polish—who did not suffer from substance abuse. My Dziadzi, was the most positive father figure I could have ever hoped for. Dziadzi never...

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Happy Birthday AA!

Dr. Bob had his last drink on June 10, 1935, and so began the first step on a journey to healing, and a healthier way of life for millions who suffer from addictions.  Who was Dr. Bob? If you are a friend of Bill W., then you know Dr. Bob. Dr. Bob Smith, along with...

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Thank God for Support Groups

Avicii – Kate Spade – Anthony Bourdain RIP   Do you or someone you know need help and don't know where to turn? Find a reason to hope and believe! Here are several support group websites to help those suffering in silence and think suicide is their only option....

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Step 6. No More Discounts!

 “Thank you,” said the store clerk at my favorite thrift store. Her gracious response was expected. However, when she added, “Would you like to round up your purchase to the next dollar—all our proceeds help provide housing for survivors of human trafficking?” I felt...

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Steps to Caring for Self

Author's note: I am late in posting this time-sensitive blog because I was busy cleaning up after my visiting relatives left. Only kidding! The relatives are coming, the relatives are coming! Today, May 18, is National Visit Your Relatives Day. Be Careful, be very...

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