I get a quote in my email from the Alcoholics Anonymous publication, AA Grapevine. A few days ago the quote was something that I have thought for a long time. It said: “While I wouldn’t recommend that anyone become an alcoholic, I believe that sober alcoholics living the AA way of life have been blessed … Continue reading Seen & Heard: Everyone Could Benefit from the 12 Steps
Tag: Alcoholics Anonymous
Am I a Dry Drunk?
In addiction recovery, complacency breeds old behavior, which can quickly lead to unnecessary problems, including relapse. The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous explains complacency on page 85. It says, “It is easy to let up on the spiritual program of action and rest on our laurels. We are headed for trouble if we do, for … Continue reading Am I a Dry Drunk?
No Addiction without Lies, No Recovery without Honesty
Last week, we went to an AA meeting and because there was a newcomer in the room, the topic was the first step. I love first step meetings. They help keep everything fresh for me. Those of us who have been in recovery for a while need to be reminded where we came from and … Continue reading No Addiction without Lies, No Recovery without Honesty
Recovering, or Recovered? Which am I?
It’s been nearly four years since I took my last drink of alcohol, and since that time I have been to literally hundreds of Alcoholics Anonymous meetings. It’s customary to introduce yourself before you speak at a meeting. I always say, “Hi, I’m Jami and I’m an alcoholic.” Some people introduce themselves differently, but it’s … Continue reading Recovering, or Recovered? Which am I?
Surrender to Win
There is a paradox in Alcoholics Anonymous that tells us that we must "surrender to win." When I first entered AA, I thought that it seemed kind of crazy that I would have to surrender, or give up, in order to get better. Wasn't that was I was already doing? I sure felt like I … Continue reading Surrender to Win
Alcohol Awareness Month
It's April and that means it's Alcohol Awareness Month. Every year the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence sponsors this month to increase public awareness, reduce stigma, and encourage people to focus on alcoholism and alcohol-related issues. And each year for the last three, I have spoken about alcoholism awareness at the college where … Continue reading Alcohol Awareness Month
The 9th Step Promises of the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous say: If we are painstaking about this phase of our development, we will be amazed before we are half way through. We are going to know a new freedom and a new happiness. We will not regret the past nor wish to shut the … Continue reading Promises, Promises
Sober, Not Perfect
Have you ever done something that you knew would have negative consequences and then instantly regretted it? Recently, I did that. I used to do that a lot - when I was drinking. Admittedly, the regret usually came later then, not right away. This time though, I wasn't drinking, I had my wits about me, … Continue reading Sober, Not Perfect
Expect Less, Accept More
The last week and a half has gone nothing like I had planned. I had meetings scheduled, some training for a group that I am a part of, and a new art class that I am attending. I had plans to be busy, but busy with the things I love to do...the things that feed … Continue reading Expect Less, Accept More
Finding My Serenity
I just saw that it has been four months since I have posted here! I can't believe it. I don't have any excuses, nor have I decided to stop blogging. I guess life just gets in the way sometimes. It was a busy, but good, holiday season -- one of the best that I have … Continue reading Finding My Serenity