Lay Your Recovery In God’s Hands

When you are starting your recovery from an addiction, one thing is true - YOU MUST LAY YOUR RECOVERY IN GOD'S HANDS. This is stated in Chapter 7 of the Big Book and couldn't be any closer to the truth. If you don't lay your recovery in God's hands, you will likely fail in your efforts to stay clean and sober. Whether you are a recovering addict or recovering alcoholic, whether you have gone to drug rehab or alcohol rehab,…...
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Helping Others is the Foundation Stone of Your Recovery

According to Chapter 7 of the Big Book, "helping others is the foundation stone of your recovery". However, when you are helping others with their recovery from an addiction, you must remember a few things. You must keep in mind that you can't control what they do and you certainly can't control their recovery process. You can only offer your assistance and help in ways that don't deprive yourself or your family. Offer Assistance with Caution While it can feel…...
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Passing It All Over to Your Higher Power

When in recovery from an alcohol addiction or drug addiction, there is one thing that is for sure - You must pass it all over to your Higher Power. No matter who your Higher Power might be, passing everything over to them is essential to the success of your recovery. There are some steps you can take to ensure that you are passing it all over to your Higher Power. If you take these steps, you are less likely to…...
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Will the 12 Steps Assure You Stay Sober?

The 12 Steps are very powerful. There have been millions of people who recovered from their alcohol or drug addiction after attending an alcohol rehab or drug rehab 12 Step program. You can too. However, there is more to it than just attending the 12 Step Program. There is more to it than just doing the 12 Steps. The 12 Steps might help you in many ways, but you have to work at whatever recovery program you are going through…...
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Will the 12 Steps Help You Overcome Addiction?

The 12 Steps have helped many people overcome their addiction and may be able to help you as well. With this being said, you may want to know a bit more about the 12 Steps, before deciding if this is the way you want to proceed into your recovery. What Are the 12 Steps? Knowing what the 12 Steps is the first thing you need to figure out before determining whether it is process you want to go through in…...
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Common Personal Stressors and What to Do About Them

Recovery from an alcohol or drug addiction can be rough. However, the life changes that happen when in recovery are amazing. Those far outweigh the work that recovery takes. Today you are going to learn about some of the common personal stressors recovering alcoholics and addicts have. These stressors could take place right after getting home from alcohol or drug rehab or years down the road. Making sure you know what to do when you experience these personal stressors can…...
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Life Takes On a New Meaning in Recovery

According to Chapter 7 of the Big Book, "Life will take on a new meaning. To watch people recover, to see them help others, to watch loneliness vanish, to see a fellowship grow up about you, to have a host of friends -- this is an experience you must not miss..." Read this again. Aren't these all amazing things you can bring into your life? Doesn't this sound so much better than what you had during your addictive lifestyle? If…...
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Step 11: Using Prayer and Meditation

When you are in recovery from an addiction, there are many ways that you can benefit from Step 11 of AA. First, it might be helpful to have a reminder of what this step is. Step 11 of AA is, “Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.” As you can see, from this step alone, prayer…...
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Step 11 and Reviewing Your Day

According to Chapter 6 of the Big Book, it states "When we retire at night, we constructively review our day. Were we resentful, selfish, dishonest or afraid? Do we owe an apology? Have we kept something to ourselves which should be discussed with another person at once? Were we kind and loving toward all? What could we have done better? Were we thinking of ourselves most of the time? Or were we thinking of what we could do for others,…...
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Step 10 and Lifelong Recovery

When you are working a 12 step program after an alcohol or drug rehab, you must work through each step with care and grace. Step 10 is one that helps you continue your recovery - “Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.” Have you gotten to this step? If so, then you know that your personal inventory must continue. You can't just do it once and say that you are done. Recovery is a lifelong…...
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