Promise 1 Alcohol promised me confidence. But my feelings of guilt, shame and paranoia when I was drinking led to a drastic drop in my self-confidence and self-belief. The lack of quality sleep that heavy alcohol consumption led to and the impact on my brain function meant that I was mostly just getting through life, … Continue reading The Empty Promise of Alcohol — National Addiction News
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I love crafting my own prayers. It's a special, sacred way of communicating with Higher Power, or God in my case. Of course, the prayers must be written down, so that I can keep revisiting them. They then serve like journal entries, as well. So, these homemade devotions make for very detailed and colorful time … Continue reading ENTRY: Praying the Way You Want to
I have been sober for 3 months now. I have learned a great deal about myself and why I started using in the first place. Many of my problems revolve around my relationship with my family. It's not good. Let's just say that it's not the typical relationship that you would have with your family. … Continue reading From1-2-1: Even in Dark & Lonely Times, Amanda Still has Recovery
Page 17. Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous. Original copyright 1939. The part that I highlighted is simply [and stunningly] beautiful. This roughly 80-year-old book is often regarded much in the same way the Bible is, which is truly amazing. Moreover, even though Big Blue is basically a done-deal, it will never cease to astound me … Continue reading ENTRY: The Powerful Cement
A few years ago, I remember being at a Tuesday night home-group meeting [AA] and I had decided to stay for a few minutes at the end to help with putting away some folding chairs. One of the group's more doughty members was actually this gravelly-voiced older woman named Tessa. I ended up growing to … Continue reading ENTRY: Now Write it Out, Write it Out…
During a recent meeting, the chair decided to read one of the patient stories towards the end of the BB. It was actually quite bracing for me as I’ve yet to come across an AA group or person from the program that places decent emphasis on those stories at the end. Since they essentially are just … Continue reading ENTRY: The Isle of Denial