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Ways to Reach Out in Recovery

When you enter into recovery from an addiction, after your stay in an alcohol or drug rehabilitation program, there are many things you can do to get the support you need. Before diving into these things, there are few things you should know. The first thing you should know is that everyone needs help in their recovery. This is nothing to feel ashamed of. Asking for help is going to assist you in the recovery process. The second thing you…...
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Asking for Patience, Tolerance, Kindliness, and Love

According to Chapter 6 of the Big Book, when you are working through an alcohol or drug rehab program or you have finished, it is best to ask your "Creator to show you the way of patience, tolerance, kindliness, and love." When it comes to your recovery, you will want to have all 4 of these things with you at all times. They are very important to a successful recovery. Patience You will want patience to be a part of your…...
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The Alcoholic is Like a Tornado

According to Chapter 6 of the Big Book, it states, "The alcoholic is like a tornado..." If you have ever been around an alcoholic or if you are a recovering alcoholic or addict, you know this statement is true. While many people who are actively living an addictive lifestyle don't want to believe this is true, it is. There is more to an addiction than just the alcoholic or addict drinking or doing drugs. Lives are often destroyed because of…...
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Do You Only Need to Get Sober?

One of the main questions that often presses the community of recovery from an addiction is this: "Do you only need to get sober?" The answer is no. Yes, sobriety is a huge part of your recovery. If you don't get and stay sober, you won't be able to keep up your recovering lifestyle and press forward. However, with that being said, your recovery must be much more than just your sobriety. You must live a full recovering lifestyle. There…...
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We Must Not Shrink at Anything

According to Chapter 6 of the Big Book, "We must not shrink at anything." What does this mean? Well, if you are a recovering alcoholic or addict, you must know that the amends process is a big part of recovering from your addiction. When you are making amends, you can choose to avoid some people because you are concerned about making that amend. That fear of doing so might lead you to relapsing. There are many examples that could help…...
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What Could Happen When You Make Amends?

When you read Chapter 6 of the Big Book, you will see that many things can happen when you make amends. "Sometimes the man we are calling upon admits his own fault, so feuds of years' standing melt away in an hour. Rarely do we fail to make satisfactory progress. Our former enemies sometimes praise what we are doing and wish us well. Occasionally, they will offer assistance. It should not matter, however, if someone does throw us out of…...
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Process of Making an Amend

Everyone has done harm to someone in their life, whether intentionally or not. This goes the same for alcoholics and addicts. In fact, most alcoholics and addicts have done a lot of harm to others. The good news is that after going to an alcohol or drug rehab program, you can set things straight. You can learn how to many amends to those whom you have hurt in the past. There is a process to making an amend that may…...
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Who Can You Disclose to In Your Recovery?

When you are working any 12 Step program, in or after an alcohol or drug rehab stay, part of your process will be to disclose to someone about your addiction. You will need to tell them about things you have done, resentments you have, amends you need to make, and more. Who is this person going to be? Many people believe that 12 Steps are all about being religious, but they aren't. There are many different types of people whom…...
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