Relationship With God

Being holy means being in a different kind of space. Special. Consecrated. Separate. But we don’t get there just because our Higher Power proclaims it or especially because we say it or think it. If we are on a path of spiritual renewal then we get there because we want to and we work it. [...]

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Coasting Into Complacency

COMPLACENCY!!! Until recently I didn’t realize how much that word or thought scared me. I had heard many people share about the trap I could become ensnared in by not going to meetings, not staying connected to other recovering alcoholics in my support group and not practicing the principles in all my affairs. The message [...]

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What Its Like To Have An Addicted Loved One And Hear the Term “Alcoholic” Used As A Joke

What Its Like To Have An Addicted Loved One and Hear the Term "ALCOHOLIC" Used As A Joke

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Faith

This post draws on Book of Genesis as an example of spirituality for the purpose of bringing forward into consciousness a “Power greater than ourselves” to rely on in recovery. It is not intended to espouse any religion or to insinuate that one needs a religion to recover from alcoholism, only that it is my [...]

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Heavy Drinking Is Epidemic

This interpretation and the report itself is disturbing to me. Besides the headline and its pronouncement that heavy drinking is OK because you are not necessarily an alcoholic is easily misleading. Most alcoholics don’t begin as heavy out of control drinkers, they progress from moderation or infrequent to uncontrollable drinkers. The distinction is not easy [...]

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Wish I Had Another Chance by Tommy Rosen

A young man in recovery named Charlie came to my house earlier this year with his parents. His entry into addiction came as the result of a head-on car accident caused by an old man who was driving on the wrong side of Highway 17 near Santa Cruz on Jan. 1, 2010. That was the [...]

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Toldot-Yin and Yang

“And G‑d said to her, ‘Two nations are in your womb and two peoples shall diverge from your belly; and one nation will struggle against the other…’”—Genesis 25:23. In this week’s portion, the matriarch Rebecca conceives and – not knowing that she is pregnant with twins – asks God to tell her why her pregnancy [...]

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Gratitude and Trust

Oprah sits down with Oscar®- and Grammy®-winning songwriter Paul Williams and screenwriter Tracey Jackson, who discuss their new book on addiction and recovery, Gratitude and Trust. In the interview, each shares a unique experience of addiction: Paul as a recovering alcoholic who has been sober for 24 years, and Tracey as someone who has been [...]

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Feminist Love

This is an exceptionally written D’Var Torah by my friend Dr. Leon Weissberg that I am sharing today. It is especially poignant to me because it speaks to the strength and spiritual grace of the women in my life who have supported me in my recovery. I love you and feel blessed. CARYN, SIMONE, MICHELE, [...]

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Hope In Recovery

By Rachel Naomi Remen “Strong hope is a much greater stimulant of life than any single realized joy could be.” – Friedrich Nietzsche Strong hope in recovery from addiction, is just as important as embracing a “one day at a time” perspective, seeking therapy, seeking a support system, having courage to change, and determination to [...]

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