Nobody likes going to the doctor, so why do we go???

“The first time I was around AA I did not like all the slogans, I could not relate to a lot of the people in the fellowship and I certainly did not like all the God stuff so I stopped going.” “So what happened then?” “Well it was probably about 2 months later I was at a family BBQ and thought it would be OK to have a couple of drinks.” Kylie then stopped and looked at me to see my reaction....
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What do Air, Food, Water & Sobriety have in common?

For the recovering alcoholic all 4 are integral to living. Remove any of the 4 from the daily life of a recovering alcoholic & they will immediately move into the departure lounge for “the hereafter”. Alcoholism is a dirty stinking rotten disease which kills people, smashes families and destroys relationships. There is nothing nice or pretty about the life of an alcoholic. They live one day...
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Stay connected or !!!!!!

“I first came to AA back in 1994 and stayed around for a couple of years ………….” Over the past 32 years I have heard this statement on countless occasions at AA meetings and you just know what is coming next. “I started to drop off my meeting schedule and focused on my work and then I pretty much stopped going to meetings at all. Everything was fine for a couple of months until I had to...
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90 Meetings in 90 days Yes or No?

“Graeme when I left rehab last time I was determined to do 90 meetings in 90 days. I lasted 17 days and felt I was getting nowhere. I did 10 AA meetings, 6 NA meetings and to be honest I could not relate to most of the speakers so I stopped going and within 5 days I was back drinking and using again.” This is a story you will hear over and over again if you are in the recovery field. “Jay, when...
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Completing a rehab should never be celebrated!!

Recently I was at a drug and alcohol rehab and watched as they had an award ceremony for 3 of the residents who had completed their stay. They were given a certificate and congratulated by all on the wonderful achievement of completing their rehab. I could not help thinking they were actually setting these residents up to fail. The real challenge for the addict who commences their journey of recovery...
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The power of keeping a recovery journal

“What did you get out of listening to the last speaker” my sponsored whispered. Nothing sprang to mind so I responded “a number of things” and then we both settled into listen to the next member as they arrived at the front of the room. After the meeting I was escorted back to my cell and within 10 minutes I had a coffee in one hand and a cigarette in the other as I sat on my bed reflecting...
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It’s far more than a program!!

Programs are what you buy while watching a Tony Robbins infomercial at 3am in the morning. They always come with a money back guarantee and if you don’t like it you can return it within 30 days. That’s a program. The “normal person” has 3 fundamental elements they MUST HAVE to stay alive. Food Water Oxygen without these they die. For the alcoholic there is a 4th element…. SOBRIETY. For...
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Sobriety Boredum

As I was getting into the car I heard Carol yell out from the veranda “What time does the meeting finish “ normally I would be home by 10.30 but tonight was the annual Old Timers Meeting at North Melbourne and I knew it went for 2 hours so I would not be home until at least 11. “Probably about 11.00 could even be half past 11” I responded as I drove out of the carport. The Old Timers Meeting...
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A modern version of the “12 Steps of AA”

I came to the conclusion I alone could not control my drinking and one or more areas of my life was being seriously effected by my drinking. The starting point in any journey of recovery is to arrive at the concusion all your personal efforts to stop drinking have failed. Every alcoholic has made promises to themselves such as; I won’t drink until 5pm I will only drink on weekends I will only...
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