The 12-Steps are a Spiritual program – Not Religious

Our bodies are composed of four distinct parts—physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. Of the four, the most underdeveloped component is ...? A. Physical B. Mental. C. Emotional D. Spiritual If you guessed D spiritual development is the element in need of an...

Addicted to Caring or Controlling

Do you know the difference? The challenge is to strike a healthy balance between compassionate caring and compulsive controlling. Keep life manageable, stay in Step. Beginning with Step 1, Fess up! Admit! Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that...

Denial or Selective Hearing

May is Better Hearing & Speech Month. The theme for 2019 is, "Communication Across the Lifespan" (ASHA American Speech-Language-Hearing Association). This information interests me because at nine months of age I underwent a mastoidectomy behind my left ear. Over the...

Manic Mind to Thankful Thoughts

Living with someone who was not working a12-Step program---those were my anxiety-training years. One of the lessons I tried to master during this frantic-fitness training was to control my wild thoughts as I waited for the police to call and tell me my alcohol abuser...

Friday – Party- Hardy

For most codependents the weekend is not something we look forward too. For many of us, it means dressing in our "defensive controlling mode." Our gut tells us the addict is always in control, but denial tells us to ignore our instincts. We try to change our loved...

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You’ve Got This! When . . .

No if, ands, or buts about it! We cannot work the 12-Steps for anyone else! We have to walk our own Steps to recovery and allow others the dignity to step up for themselves. How many times have we stifled our personal growth to help another? Helping is not a bad...

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Powerless but not Hope-less!

There is always Hope. One Step at a Time. Step Two, The light behind the clouds. Step Three, Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine! In Me. In You! “Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret...

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Easy for You to Say – – –

- - - but oh, not so easy to do! DETACH WITH LOVE. We hear it at meetings, from sponsors, friends, relatives, but until we are confronted with an in-my-face crisis, we cannot assume to know what someone else is going through. When it comes to "letting go and " of a...

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NATIONAL CODEPENDENCY AWARENESS MONTH – Day 31

January 2019 NCAM draws to an end. With the help of the 12-Steps, my goal was and is to reclaim the wholeness of who I am - the goodness of who we all are. Following the principles of the Steps gives me the will to spread the word so others will heal. Another healing...

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NCAM – Day 30

There is a better way of living. And it begins with the First Step. I pray you have the courage to stand up and take that step. It begins with you. Have you come to the place where you are ready to admit you are powerless? Besides finding physical nourishment, there...

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NCAM-Day 29

Remember yesterday’s post? Well, I'm here to tell you after years of accepting blame, shame, and guilt the untrue negative message we tell ourselves won't go away in one day. What will help us move forward is being involved in 12-Step support groups, having a...

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Day 28 National Codependency Awareness Month

As we near the end of this year's National Codependency Awareness Month, I know God has my back. No more guilt. No more blame. And no more shame. He is showing me how to believe in me. Now that's the kind of Power only He can give. Yahoo! Thanks to my Higher Power,...

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NCAM – Day 27

I cannot cure my own co-addiction, but I am determined to challenge my enabling behaviors. And that my friends, begins with Step One. I really do admit I am powerless over others. And when I don't work my program-my life is unmanageable. Thanks to this new awareness,...

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