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Spiritual Fulfillment | 20 Ways to Become Spiritually Fulfilled

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According to the experts, spiritual fulfillment always has to do with a poorly defined definition of what the spirit is — namely, that it’s something that has nothing to do with reality, that it must have something to do with gods or spirits or a connection to the universe or some other religious or faux-religious bullshit. I reject this definition. I think that spiritual fulfillment… 

Recovered Alcoholic vs Recovering Alcoholic | What Do They Mean?

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What’s the difference between being a recovered alcoholic and a recovering alcoholic? We hear it all the time in AA. I’m a recovered alcoholic or recovered addict. I’m a recovering alcoholic or recovering addict. But what does that mean? Why do we say it? Recovering Alcoholic vs Recovered Alcoholic — Recovered = No More Pain Being recovered means that I don’t suffer anymore. I no longer… 

What to Do After a Relapse

Although it’s not a requirement for a drug addict in recovery, relapse often happens and is a part of many recovery journeys. Relapse is not a single event; it’s an insidious process that eventually leads to an addict taking that first drink or drug. So, what often leads up to a relapse? Things start to slip in an addict’s program: meeting attendance dwindles, nightly inventories… 

Acceptance in AA | The Answer to All My Problems

Here’s what the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous has to say about acceptance in AA. “And acceptance is the answer to all my problems today. When I am disturbed, it is because I find some person, place, thing, or situation—some fact of my life—unacceptable to me, and I can find no serenity until I accept that person, place, thing, or situation as being exactly that… 

Addiction Recovery | Is It Possible to Recover From Addiction?

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Is addiction recovery possible? Can you truly recover from addiction? The answer is yes — you can recover. What Addiction Recovery Means in Practice Addiction is when we can’t put down the drink or drug, whatever it happens to be. It doesn’t always mean that we’re shooting heroin under a bridge or drinking out of a brown paper bag. Addicts come in all shapes and… 

AA Big Book Online | The First 164 Pages of Alcoholics Anonymous

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Chapter 1 BILL’S STORY (The AA Big Book Online) War fever ran high in the New England town to which we new, young officers from Plattsburg were assigned, and we were flattered when the first citizens took us to their homes, making us feel heroic. Here was love, applause, war; moments sub- lime with intervals hilarious. I was part of life at last, and in… 

AA Sponsor | What a Sponsor Is and Why You Need One

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An AA sponsor is someone who takes you through the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous. Ideally, they follow the steps as outlined in the Big Book. Here’s what an AA sponsor does, why you need one, and what to stay on guard for. What an AA Sponsor Does While a sponsor’s primary job is to take you through the 12 steps, there are other things… 

AA Step 12 | Carry the Message and Practice These Principles

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In AA Step 12 says, “Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics and to practice these principles in all our affairs.” When we think of step 12 in AA, we often think of the first part of the step — service, carrying the message, helping other alcoholics, sponsorship — but there’s much more to it… 

Step 11 in AA | The 11th Step Prayer and How Often to Pray

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Step 11 in AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) is about much more than a single prayer, though the 11th step prayers are pretty solid. The 11th step in AA says, “Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understand Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.” If you’ve already learned how… 

AA Step 10 — Continue to Take Personal Inventory

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In AA step 10 is the beginning of the “maintenance” steps. In the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous, step 10 reads: “Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.” Step 10 should begin while we’re working through our amends in step 9. You don’t have to wait until you’ve completed all your amends to begin step 10. In fact, it…