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...

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...

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...

National Codependency Awareness Month Day Three

Just what is a Codependent? Maybe this will...

Fall Back but Keep Moving Forward

Do I set it forward or back one hour? What is that saying? Oh, yes spring forward, fall back. November 7th signals the end of Daylight Saving Time, and in the autumn of my life, after 30-years of Al-Anon and Life Recovery meetings, I still practice the 12-Steps. Why?...

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Halloween: Life is Not a Masquerade-Or Is It?

I’m not sure when I grew to dislike this trick-or-treating holiday. After all, I do looove chocolate. Perhaps, I’m uncomfortable pretending to be something I’m not? In the past, I was good at deceiving myself by saying was “fine” when it was not! Today, I credit my...

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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Domestic Violence is a pattern of abusive and coercive behaviors, including physical, sexual and psychological attacks, as well as economic coercion, that adults and adolescents use against their intimate partners to gain control. GET THE PICTURE? Why Victims Stay:...

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First Step – Fix Yourself!

Tell me, my friends, are you too helpful at your own expense? Enabling until it hurts is never a wise choice. To acquire wisdom is to love yourself; . . . (Proverbs 19:8...

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September is National Recovery Month

SUBSTANCE ABUSE AND MENTAL HEALTH - CO-OCCURRING DISORDERS - Read on ---- September marks the 31st annual National Recovery Month. An estimate 8.9 million Americans are living with a co-occurring disorder- a substance use disorder that occurs simultaneously with a...

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International Overdose Awareness Day 2021

No words, just hugs, and love to all who lost a loved one to an overdose. For those of us in 12-Step support programs, every day is Overdose Awareness Day. And the 12th Step is why we speak out with compassion. Step 12, Having had a spiritual awakening as a result of...

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Ready, Willing, and Able?

If not, why Not? Eight Month – Step Eight - Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all. Willingness is a big word - a decision - a choice - a path that can lead to a healthier relationship with self and others. Are you...

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The 12 Steps – Progress not Perfection

Every breakthrough, no matter how small, can lead to a life fulfilled. So please don’t, out of old habit, slip back into being or doing what everyone else tells you. Friends, stay where you were called to be. God is there. Hold the high ground with him at your side (1...

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The Spiritual Principles of the 12-Steps

Notice I didn't say religious principles, I said Spiritual Principles. The Spiritual Prinicples highlight our awareness of fairness, the Golden Rule, the foundational truths of who we are, and they are all embedded in the original 12 Steps of AA. What a wise and...

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