Tag Archives: Twelve Steps

Suggested

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“Here are the

steps we took,

which are suggested

as a program

of recovery:”

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BB  p  59

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You can tell a drunk,

but you can’t tell him much.

Suggested and willing are two words that

anyone who is being introduced to a new

way of living cannot much argue with.

Honesty, Open-mindedness and Willingness

are HOW it works.

The magical thing behind the Twelve Step Program

is that it does not guarantee anything but miracles

if you thoroughly follow our path.

Recovery is taking a few suggestions.

Sobriety is a blessing from a Higher Power.

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Pass It On

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“It is important for him

to realize that your

attempt to pass this on

to him plays a vital part

in your own recovery.”

BB p 94

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You cannot keep your sobriety unless you

pass it along.

The twelve steps are not a list that is accomplished,

complete, done or over with when you have finished the last step,

they are a circle that continues to rotate through your life,

one day at a time.

Faith, a loving Higher Power will direct your efforts

and as long as you choose to do the next right thing

you will enjoy a life that is happy, joyous and free.

Recovery is working all of the steps continuously.

Sobriety is a blessing from a Higher Power.

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Transformed

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“Then, in A.A., we

looked and listened.

Everywhere we saw

failure and misery

transformed

by humility

into priceless assets.”

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Twelve and Twelve,  p. 75

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The program of A. A., the Twelve Steps,

is all about change and to see the miracles

that change from hopeless and hapless drunks into

sober citizens of this world makes one grateful

to a God who is willing to do for the drunk

what he could no do for himself.

To let go and let God is the

spiritual foundation for humility.

Today, use your priceless sober assets,

a kind and loving heart,

to make this world a better place for all.

Recovery is one day at a time.

Sobriety is a blessing from our Higher Power.

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ME and the Boss

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And, if no one has told you yet today,

God loves you and so do we.

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Conformity

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“Indeed,

all of A.A.’s

Twelve Steps require

our sustained and

personal exertion

to conform to their

principles and so,

we trust, to God’s will.”

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As Bill Sees It,  p. 232

Twelve and Twelve,  p. 40

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When it all comes together,

whether you did all of the steps in a day,

a week, a month, a year or more,

you will eventually have that ah ha moment

when you realize that God’s will is simple,

don’t drink alcohol.

The living part, living without the drink

may take a little more thought,

but according to those with long time,

good sobriety, it is really quite simple;

don’t drink, go to meetings

and help another alcoholic.

Today, keep it simple.

Recovery is one day at a time.

Sobriety is a blessing from our Higher Power.

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ME and the Boss

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And, if no one has told you yet today,

God loves you and so do we.

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Like Gossip

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“Character defects

like gossip

sneak into my life

when I am not making

a constant effort

to work the Twelve Steps

of recovery.”

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Daily Reflections, p.297

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The character defect of the drunk

was to talk about other people ( true or false)

so that I would not have to look at myself.

If you spot it, you’ve got it.

Too often what we despise in others

is what we despise in ourselves.

Today, don’t lose your serenity,

when you sense that something is not right,

don’t blame anyone but yourself.

Today, find the Step that will put you

back on a good spiritual foundation and

keep your own side of the street clean.

Recovery is one day at a time.

Sobriety is a blessing from our Higher Power.

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ME and the Boss

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And, if no one has told you yet today,

God loves you and so do we.

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My Illness

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“Alcoholism, not cancer,

was my illness,

but what was the difference.

Alcoholism took longer

to do the killing,

but the result was the same.”

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As Bill Sees It,   p. 194

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The DSM -5* gives the criteria for what constitutes

a disease and alcoholism meets all of the criteria.

For most diseases, just like alcoholism, there is no cure

only remission and for those who follow the suggestions

and work the Twelve Steps, remission is possible.

Today, don’t become a statistic on the disease side of the ledger,

don’t drink, go to a meeting, help another alcoholic

and become a recovering statistic that is happy, joyous, free

and more than glad to share their experience, strength and hope.

Recovery is one day at a time.

Sobriety is a blessing from our Higher Power.

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ME and the Boss

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And, if no one has told you yet today,

God loves you and so do we.

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. * The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition

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My Spiritual Condition

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“By maintaining

my spiritual condition,

by giving away

what has been so freely

given to me,

I am granted

a daily reprieve.”

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Daily Reflections p 247

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The best spiritual condition is achieved when

the individual places doing the will of a loving

Higher Power above their own selfish concerns.

For the recovering alcoholic who has quality sobriety

the reprieve from the compulsion and obsession to drink

is a blessing that is atop their nightly gratitude list.

By working the Twelve Steps of A. A. the alcoholic

is given the opportunity to clear the wreckage of the past,

to help another alcoholic and eventually find out how

to maintain their own spiritual condition.

Recovery is one day at a time.

Sobriety is a blessing from our Higher Power.

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ME and the Boss

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And, if no one has told you yet today,

God loves you and so do we.

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