Mental & Emotional

January 4, 2023

Cooking With Alcohol in Recovery

More Than A Taste of Alcohol Janet Roloff reports on the annual meeting of the American Dietetic Association in Kansas City, MO. Recipes frequently call for […]
October 11, 2022

That Little Boy Was Not a Jerk

What Went Wrong Between Then and Now I was deeply touched by what I heard a young man at a meeting share about planning a party […]
February 1, 2022

Big Book Meaning of Insanity

Step Two: “Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.” I came into AA after a long, nonstop toot with […]
February 1, 2022

The Importance of Step Twelve

Freedom From All Unresolved Mental Issues Chapter 11 of the Big Book (A Vision For You) starts by reminiscing about the early days of an alcoholic’s […]
December 27, 2021

Desperation Is a Great Motivator

Sincerity Is a Great Healer Recovery in Alcoholics Anonymous affects people in many ways. The first and most obvious is their ability to abstain from the […]
November 29, 2021

The Values I Learned as a Child

An All-Encompassing Spiritual Roadmap As I navigate my way through the program of Alcoholics Anonymous, with only a limited education but a desire to learn all […]
November 1, 2021

Ego Good? Ego Bad?

Here is a description of the evolution of our ego, followed by Sigmund’s Freud’s disclosure of its purpose. From an evolutionary perspective, ego is surmised to […]
September 13, 2021

Who Holds the Key to Willingness?

The Control Rooms in My Brainbox There are many proven, practical suggestions in Alcoholics Anonymous literature that, if followed, would lead to a life of serenity […]
June 28, 2021

The Shopping Cart Mental Attitude

Correcting My Neglectful Mental Shortcomings Directionless and defeated, bankrupt in every department, and ashamed of all my many failures, I drank myself into oblivion every day […]
April 27, 2021

Accept the Things We Cannot Change

95% is OK with Me Most of the Alcoholics Anonymous meetings that I attend close with the Serenity Prayer. “God grant me the serenity to accept […]
December 22, 2020

Happiness vs Joy

The Big Book tells us that God wants us to be happy, joyous, and free (p. 133). At first reading I thought this statement was a […]
December 10, 2020

Humility in Recovery and How to Develop It

Humility, Defense Mechanisms and the Creation of the False-Self In relation to Twelve-Step philosophy, humility in recovery is considered a prized virtue and essential to the […]