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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Time For Silence

We must be careful not to do the right thing at the wrong time. As recovering alcoholics we are obligated to be concerned about our fellow man and assist in his needs — be them physical, financial or emotional. However, everything must be done in its proper time. King Solomon wrote, “[There is] a time [...]

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Take It As It Comes

“Be wholehearted with yourGod”—Deuteronomy 18:13. In this week’s portion we are told, “There shall not be found among you… a soothsayer, a diviner of times, one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, or a charmer…” We are then told – immediately in the next verse – to be “wholehearted” with God. What is the connection [...]

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Robin Williams: Speak Up About Recovery Other Lives Depend On It

By Marc Dunn Once again a beloved celebrity, Robin Williams, has died as a result of his addiction to drugs or alcohol and the depression that goes along with it. If you are reading this, probably you are, or someone you know very well, is an addict. The number of people affected by addiction either [...]

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Bashing AA

By Nicola O’Hanlon Reblogged from http://iloverecovery.com/2014/07/23/is-there-an-upsurge-in-12-step-bashing/%22 I’m not sure if there is currently an upsurge in 12 Step bashing recently or if I’m just, by accident, coming across a lot of it. It seems everywhere I turn this past few months there’s a new book, or article or ex 12 step member with a blog [...]

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Reflections by Tommy Rosen

Twenty-three years ago I could not imagine getting through a day without drugs and alcohol, and frankly, I had no intention or desire to do so. Now, twenty-three years later, I cannot imagine a day that would include drugs and alcohol. There has been a profound transformation at every level of my being. Almost everything [...]

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Giving Power To The Present

References to Scriptures on this Blog are not to put forth any Religion but to draw comparisons to Spiritual values or principles and our Recovery. I apologize if you are offended by the reference to a Religious Scripture, but our Spiritual Principles are drawn for all Religions and Spirituality. The term “appointed time” in Scriptures [...]

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