Structure in Recovery by Joy Anderson

STRUCTURE - There’s simplified plan that is frequently introduced in the drug and alcohol treatment environment -  the blanket structure of simple order is implemented and seems to work pretty well for most people.  Speaking from experience - very  simple, very easy was a fantastic combo and I was blessed to have the latitude to take advantage of it at the time.  Life can be fast and hard - get a cute helmet and keep things simple and easy to manage as long as you can - you’ll thank yourself in ...
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Random Acts

7 Easy Random Acts of Kindness from Joy Anderson   Random Acts of Kindness are an very easy way to lift someone up and subsequently make yourself feel good.  Here are some of favorites that you can go out and do right now!  You can start these while you’re still in a treatment program and continue the rest of your life making people feel good. SMILE! In a world where there is so much negativity, comparison and judgement, don’t forget to smile!  It’s simple - just smile.  Smile whe...
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Alcoholism defined

Big Book
ALCOHOLISM as described by Doctor Silkworth and Bill Wilson. These word are taken from just the first few chapter in the book, “Alcoholics Anonymous” – “The Doctor’s Opinion” and “Bill’s Story: The words define the characteristics and attributes of the what we know as alcoholism. Powerless, unmanageable, insanity, suffering, hopeless, abnormal, defective, befogged, sickened, tortured, jittery, chronic, habit, tragic, despairing, restless, irritable, discontented, remorseful, doomed,...
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Winning the Lottery

If it is true that 10% of our population has a propensity to alcoholism and/or drug addiction then if you are one of the folks that happen to be in  treatment, or in a recovery environment then Congratulations - YOU HAVE WON THE LOTTERY!!!! It goes like this - I live in Houston, Texas and within the Greater Houston area there is approximately 6,220,000 people, plus or minus a few undocumented folks, living and getting along in their lives. Ten percent of this number is 622,000. Wow, that is a l...
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The Price of Sobriety

"My friend promised when these things were done I would enter upon a new relationship with my Creator; that I would have the elements of a way of living which answered all my problems. Belief in the power of God, plus enough willingness, honesty and humility to establish and maintain the new order of things, were the essential requirements." "Simple, but not easy; a price had to be paid. It meant destruction of self-centeredness. I must turn  in all things to the Father of Light who presides ov...
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Engage Your Recovery with Zeal.

en·gage -   occupy, attract, or involve (someone's interest or attention). capture, catch, arrest, grab, snag, draw, attract, gain, win, hold, grip, captivate, engross, absorb, occupy participate or become involved in. take part in, join in. go in for, partake in/of, share in, play a part/role in; Let me start this by quoting Dr. Bob, co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous as he wrote in the Big Book of AA on page 161 from the Chapter, "Doctor Bob's Nightmare" - "If you still th...
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90 % of a $20 rock

Tenacity can be defined: as, the quality of being determined to do or achieve something; firmness of purpose. Getting Things Done in Recovery The life of the drug addict or alcoholic involves evading responsibilities and hiding from difficulties. The addict/alcoholic believes that the key to life is to avoid problems, and they do this by approaching the world through a cloud of intoxication. When people become sober they need to adopt a new attitude. If they fail to do so they will not find mu...
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The Miracle and the Gift

Today I was granted a great gift. I was able to share in my friends successful return to his home and family. My friend came to us a few months ago, with the help of our supporters at Celebrate Recovery.  Upon his arrival here, he had been at it for quite some time. His condition was, in the real sense of the word, critical. I was able to get him comfortable in his room and talk with him about how he was doing. Even with a B.A.C. of .40, he was coherent and spoke without slurring his speech. A s...
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War against Addiction

I just watched a documentary about drugs and the war on drugs. ("Cocaine Unwrapped") We will never win this war until every innocent soul has been lost, either,  to the grave, or from the darkening of hearts due to families being destroyed. The only way to win is to abandon this fight, the so called war on drugs, and start a war - against  drug addiction. We can make a dent in this new fight and watch it spread like wildfire. Through this, lives will be saved, lost souls will be found ,families ...
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The Committee is LOUD!

The committee is loud at the moment. “You’re boring. no skills. nothing interesting.” I feel like vanilla  ice cream. “Where’s the excitement? The adrenaline? You’re bland.” At least when I put on that chef’s coat I felt like a bad ass. When i rode my skateboard I felt like a daredevil. When I was an anarchist I felt like Iwent against the grain. Come to think of it though, all three of those personas led me back to drugs. Perhaps because I wasn’t being true to myself. Now don’t get me wron...
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