Mental & Emotional

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 […]
December 2, 2020

Still Figuring It All Out

During these past several months many, if not most, of us have been trying to figure out how to maintain our “normal” during a pandemic. Cancellation, […]
July 27, 2020

Relapse Is Like Dancing With a Gorilla

Laughing at the Absurdity of Our Old Way of Thinking One of the things I have always enjoyed about A.A. meetings is our ability to poke […]
June 23, 2020

A Realistic Look at Resentments

Reliving the Conflicts of the Past After years of, out of control, drinking in a life of undisciplined behavior, I was circling the drain and I […]
December 19, 2019

An Education in the Art of Living

Sharing Our Experience, Strength and Hope For the newcomer, the first 164 pages of the Big Book contain the framework of how to overcome the disaster […]
October 28, 2019

Gratitude in Early Recovery

Ask yourself three questions every day The Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius famously said that our lives are what our thoughts make them. In other words, by […]
August 28, 2019

Identification Is

The Essence of Our Common Bond “My name is Rosemary P., and I am an alcoholic.” That’s a simple introduction. And powerful! It tells you who […]
June 4, 2019

Step Five Ball and Chain

Freedom and Peace of Mind I don’t think I’ve ever witnessed an alcoholic that came to Alcoholics Anonymous that loved themselves or that wasn’t riddled with […]
March 29, 2019

Willing to Believe

A famous monk admitted that although he had been a priest for many years, he suffered from a serious spiritual contradiction; he just couldn’t believe in […]
February 6, 2019

Tolerance, a Kinder Approach

Bill S, member of the Shaker Group, got sober in 1946. He knew Dr. Bob and wife Anne. Bill was fond of saying, “If we wanted […]
October 5, 2018

Sobriety Is a Gift

For many years in sobriety, I have heard people voice the same lament: that after a good period of sobriety, they drank again, and now are […]