Step ten in Alcoholics Anonymous is the first of the maintenance steps of the program. It says: “We continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.” Steps four through nine allow us to see the truth about our past behavior and how we have treated others. With that new awareness … Continue reading Working Step 10 of the 12 Steps of AA
Tag: Alcoholic Anonymous
Why Do Some Make It While Others Don’t?
It's been a while! Life has been busy and this blog has suffered, but I'll save the update on life for another post. I feel like I need to write about something else right now. A couple of days ago, my husband and I went to a meeting. We met a friend of ours there … Continue reading Why Do Some Make It While Others Don’t?
Telling my story
One of the really great things about Arizona is that in just a few hours you can go from this: To this: That's what we did this weekend. We spent the last two days up near Payson, Arizona attending the annual Payson Round-up. It's a huge camping trip that is organized by a local Payson … Continue reading Telling my story
Keeping the Faith
Today's AA meeting was much better than the one last week. I wrote about the drama last week when an old-timer told a newcomer to shut the fuck up during his emotional share. (Update: I haven't seen that newcomer all week. I hope that only means that he has chosen to go to different meetings … Continue reading Keeping the Faith
Normies…they don’t get it.
I've been a part of the recovery community for over two years now (sober for eight months), and I have become so accustomed to interacting with others in the program that I often forget about the normies out there. Most of the people who I have any kind of relationship with are people who are at least a … Continue reading Normies…they don’t get it.
Don’t Throw The Baby Out With The Bath Water
On Sunday mornings I chair my home group's AA meeting. I just started doing so at the beginning of this month, and it's a three month commitment. Other than showing up for meetings, occasionally sharing, and talking program with other alcoholics, this is my way of doing service. It is outside my comfort zone though, … Continue reading Don’t Throw The Baby Out With The Bath Water
Follow the rules, or change your thinking?
This morning, on our way home from a meeting, my husband and I were talking about a woman that we know in the program. She has been sober for a long time, over 30 years, I think, so she is obviously doing something right. But to hear her in meetings, you would think she was … Continue reading Follow the rules, or change your thinking?
Keeping It Fresh
My husband secretly recorded my last drunk. He told me that he had done so while I was in rehab, but it took me almost three months to be brave enough to watch it. It was painful to watch what I become when I put alcohol in my body. It was hard for me to … Continue reading Keeping It Fresh