Let Inner Freedom Ring

Fireworks going off in your head? Hyper? Anxious? Fretful? Restless? Jumpy? Things out of Control? Then slow down. Embracing recovery and positive lifestyle changes is not a destination. Reinventing ourselves is a journey. A slow journey to inner peace and wholeness....

Stepping up to Spiritual Maturity

Our bodies are composed of four distinct parts—physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. Of the following four, can you guess which is the most underdeveloped component ...? A. Physical, B. Mental, C. Emotional, D. Spiritual. If you guessed D. Spiritual Development...

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...

“Don’t Quit Before Your Miracle.” Ashley Judd

When talking about Substance Use Disorder or Mental Illness, the term, Family Disease is often mentioned and it's not referring only to family genetics. In truth, Family Disease is when the behavior of a family member who struggles with a mental illness affects the...

Wisdom of the 12 Steps – and Beyond

As we close out Black History Month, I am reposting the insights of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the correlation of his wisdom and the 12 Steps. We admitted we were powerless over alcohol—that our lives had become unmanageable. “Faith is taking the first step even when...

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Second Month – Second Step

In the healing wisdom of the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous, the "S" word SOBER is not mentioned! Not even one time. I wonder why that is? Throughout the 12 Steps, however, we use profound words of wisdom such as . . . Steps 1-12 (1) Unmanageability (2) Restoration...

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A Sinkhole Called Denial

The fault lies in denial.  Denial will trip us up every time. Keep working on your self-help program, and you will discover a safer, healthier path to life. 1. “I walk down the street.There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.I fall in.I am lost... I am helpless.It isn't...

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Where Does Your Strength Come From?

NATIONAL CODEPENDENCY AWARENESS MONTH - a reminder that I am powerless without my Higher Power. And my Higher Power has a name, I call him, Jesus, Counselor, Prince of Peace, Mighty One, Lover of my Soul because HE is all those things. Who is your counselor, strength...

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How are you Feeling Today?

I'll start. It's cold today in South Florida, but the sun is shining and I'm giving myself permission to feel Cheerful! Do you feel safe enough to tell us how you feel? Do you respect yourself enough to admit to yourself how you feel? “The emotion that can break your...

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MLK Jr. Steps to Civility

We admitted we were powerless over alcohol—that our lives had become unmanageable. “Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” MLK, JR.Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity. “We must accept...

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The Dignity of Silence or a Noisy Gong

Day 11 NCAM - National Codependency Awareness Month by Diane Jellen | | NCAM DAY 11 | Are you a talker or a listener? As a full-fledged caregiver, enabler, overseer, control freak, whatever one of the skills I work on is to try and be quiet. I am slowly learning to...

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NCAM Day 7

Day 7 of National Codependency Awareness Month and what better day to work on the 7th Step. Be humble in the presence of God’s mighty power, and he will honor you when the time comes.  God cares for you, so turn all your worries over to him (1 Peter5:6-7...

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