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Letting Go

The word surrender to most people means to lose, to throw up a white flag, to admit defeat. In recovery the amount of freedom through the surrender process is astonishing. It’s really the basis of the program. Step One, we ADMITTED we were powerless… there is an element of surrender in that statement. Admit Confess to be true or to be the case. Synonyms: acknowledge, confess, reveal, make known, disclose, […]

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‘The Opposite Of Addiction Is Not Sobriety’

Johann Hari, author of the New York Times best-selling book “Chasing The Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs,” has been exploring the true cause of addiction, something he believes is largely misunderstood. In a Ted Talk filmed last month, Hari challenged the belief that addiction is caused by chemical hooks, saying patients who receive painkillers after medical procedures but have no issue getting off the […]

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The Importance of Fellowship

Fellowship meetings were born through what I believe to be Divine Intervention. Bill Wilson was a chronic, bottom of the barrel alcoholic. Told by many professionals that he would drink himself to death and that he was of the variety of alcoholic that was incapable of ever giving up alcohol. Not satisfied with that ending diagnosis, he sought to find a way to stay sober. Bill W struggled with bouts […]

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Loretta’s Bethesda Experience

My experience and recovery through Bethesda I would wish to apportion with you my journey through addiction and my sobriety and peace found here in South Africa at Bethesda. I come from England and having been to several rehab clinics in Manchester, Scotland and London resulting in short bouts of sobriety with no genuine recovery, I remember blaming the clinics for not staying sober!  I did the geographical trying to […]

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This Is Your Brain On Neuroscience

By Zachary Siegel 07/05/15 Addiction science and neuroscience will make your head spin. It’s not brain surgery Shutterstock It’s the age of what people are calling the “neuro-disciplines.” It all began with a now well-known branch of medicine called neurology, the study of the nervous system, whose first registered usewas in 1681. The Ancient Greek prefix has since attached to, well, just about every discipline under the sun: neurolaw, neuroengineering, […]

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How Do Addicts Make Decisions

By Jeanene Swanson 06/02/15 Learning about the economics of decision-making could mean the difference between relapse and long-term sobriety. Shutterstock Most, if not all, addicts and alcoholics struggle with quitting and staying sober. And many have an equally hard time understanding why. What if would-be recovering addicts and alcoholics knew more about what goes into the making decisions—and how setting and achieving goals, and putting value on rewards, goes wrong in […]

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Living in Recovery

There is a difference between recovery and abstinence. It took me close on ten years to figure out the difference between the two. One is a fight, the other is freedom. I’ve often heard people saying that it’s a constant fight to stay clean. In my opinion that is abstinence, if you are truly in recovery there is no fight. The desire to use has left me and my days […]

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Pushing Through

It’s not always rainbows and sunshine in early recovery. Gone is the myth, just because I’ve stopped using everything will be okay now. On the contrary, because you’ve stopped using or acting out on your addiction you will start to see the REAL wreckage of your past. All those feelings that have been pushed down for so many years start to surface. Don’t back away, it’s now time to move forward and start sorting through it […]

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Step Five

“We admitted to God, to ourselves and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs” For step five to be effective we must have, without reservation put all our honesty into step four. The key words in step four are searching and fearless. Step four has called for us to face ourselves with courage and truth. Addressing shame, guilt and resentment on this level requires a depth of […]

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Freedom

THE A.A. PROMISES 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 door on it. We will comprehend the word serenity and we will know peace. No matter how far down the scale we have gone, […]

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Step Four

‘Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves’ My experience with Step Four was a difficult one. I knew that if I wanted to really find out who I was, I had to go to those places that I didn’t want anyone to know about. Those dark corners of my “secret world” that I had created. The toxic shame-infested dam had to be broken down. In order for the […]

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Step Three

‘Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understand him’ There it is, the big “G” word. If I had a dollar for every time I’ve heard someone saying, I can’t do step three because I don’t believe in God I would be a very wealthy man. The fact of the matter is this, I have tried everything under the […]

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