4 Reasons to Share Your Personal Journey with Others

If you’ve struggled with alcoholism or severe depression with thoughts of suicide, you know too well the feelings of being utterly alone. Even if you have family and friends who love you, spiraling into the depths of depression, alcohol abuse, and suicide make you blind to your own value. It can leave you feeling as though your loved ones would be better off without you around. Having gone through such a journey and emerging a stronger, more resilient person allows for an opportunity to share … [Read more...]

Relapse does not make you Weak

What is relapse anyway? Changing the face of relapse during recovery For those recovering from addiction, “relapse” has been a shameful event for years and years. Friends and family would scorn the fallen addict, self help organizations would make the person throw away their “clean time” and get a beginner’s chip while having to attend 90 AA meetings in 90 days. Relapse during recovery meant jobs would be lost and relationships would end, among other hardships. Instead of facing all this … [Read more...]

Top 10 Signs of an Abusive Man‏

Top 10 Signs of an Abusive Man by Larry James Stephany Alexander, Guest Author Abusive men are often survivors of abuse themselves. Signs of an abusive man can range from emotional, verbal, physical, or sexual abuse. Frequently an emotionally abusive man is also a verbally abusive man or a combination of all abuse types. A sign of an abusive man can usually be found after a few dates if you pay attention, ask a lot of questions and do some investigating into his past. Spot Abusive … [Read more...]

Looking in the Mirror is Amazing! – WOMEN in RECOVERY

Like the spine of a human being, there are a lot of things that simply will not matter unless the “core” of your life is intact. The spine of the human being is vital. Without it, legs, vocal cords, arms, and brains are far from useless, but still less useful than if the spine was intact. That spine is sobriety. Sobriety for me holds me together. It holds my routines together, my desire to better my life. It braces the need for education. It structures my need to help others, and it truly … [Read more...]

Freedom from Glass in Hand, WOMEN in RECOVERY

DECEMBER is National Impaired Driving Prevention Month National Impaired Driving Prevention Month focuses on both drunk driving and the growing problem of drugged driving. Drugged driving has been overlooked for a number of years, but research shows it may be responsible for more than 20 percent of car crashes. Below are some resources for your chapter to plan activities as part of this … [Read more...]

Addiction is a Spiritual Dis-Ease, WOMEN in RECOVERY

Addiction is a spiritual disease. ... Because addiction is a direct assault against the Self, it is also a direct attack on the spirit or soul of the person suffering from the addiction. A person's spirit sustains life; addiction leads to spiritual death. One of most tragic conseqences of an addictive condition is the way it can destroy the heart and soul of a beautiful person. Whether the problem be drugs, alchohol, sex, gambling or work, the common pattern is that as the addictive … [Read more...]

Truth or Dare: Are you an Addict in Denial? – WOMEN in RECOVERY

    Truth or Dare! Let's begin with the Big Question: Are you an Addict in Denial?       Denial and Addiction: Becoming Aware of the Inner Voice that Leads to Self-Destruction Anyone who has been around 12-Step programs for any length of time has inevitably heard the old saying “Denial is more than a river in Egypt.” Indeed, when it comes to addictive behaviors of any sort, denial is definitely a whole lot more than a slogan. It is often the underlying dynamic that … [Read more...]

Amanda Gore – WOMAN of ACTION™

  A Celebration of Women™ is elated to Celebrate the Life of this fireball of energy, a woman that has risen above challenges of childhood. She grew past her fears and now devotes her life to the betterment of others; involving her audiences in an entertaining way that gets them all connected, she shares strategies, techniques and skills that allow people to enjoy work, eradicate fear, adapt to change, improve attitude and perceptions, transform relationships, leadership, sales, … [Read more...]

“88 Books That Shaped America”, LOC ~ Celebration exhibition June 25 – Sept 29th

“Books That Shaped America” The Library of Congress –the world’s largest repository of knowledge and information–is beginning its multiyear “Celebration of the Book” with an exhibition, “Books That Shaped America,” opening June 25. The exhibition is part of a larger series of programs, symposia and other events that explore the important and varied ways that books influence our lives. The “Books That Shaped America” exhibition will be on view from June 25 through Sept. 29 in the … [Read more...]

Sima D. Schloss, WOMEN "Starting Over"

  Starting Over in a New Direction      ... think of this change as an Adventure, be Fearless for there is no-thing to Fear!   Starting Over   Sima D. Schloss.  The reasons that I turned my life upside down at the age of thirty-four--becoming both an observant Jew and joining a Twelve-Step program are neither dramatic nor extraordinary. I did not suffer any traumatic experiences. I grew up in a loving family and now have a wonderful family of my own. As a child, … [Read more...]

Lois Wilson and the 12 Steps – WOMEN in RECOVERY

  A Celebration of Women offers Our Beginning sharing with all Our Women The HISTORY of the 12 STEPS "Spiritual Program" of Recovery Have I begun my Spiritual Journey? We begin our Spiritual Journey at different times in our lives but most of us reach the same place eventually where we accept the guidance of a power greater than ourselves, a Power that cares for us and accepts us just as we are. A Power that guides us, teaches us, and grants us just what we … [Read more...]

Story as an ‘Over-Eater’, Recovery in Michigan

Double Dipper (The story of an OVER- EATER)     "I have to tell you. I am not a double dipper. Although, as horrible as this may sound, when I lost my OA [Overeaters Anonymous] abstinence, I went down to the local discount liquor place and set out to become an alcoholic. I stupidly thought I could switch addictions. In my mind, being an alcoholic was somehow better. I never thought all alcoholics were thin nor had eating problems. Boy, was I ever wrong! I … [Read more...]

SECRETS Keep YOU Sick – Alcoholism, a tool of Spiritual Dis-ease

  Secrets Keep YOU Sick!       Alcoholism, a tool of Spiritual Dis-ease...   Addiction-a-Spiritual-Disease begins as a disease of the spirit and usually ends up as a disease of the body, mind, and spirit. It finally devours our social, economic, and legal life. What starts as anguish, a simple existential craving for wholeness, eventually envelopes the entire person’s self and life. This happens whether the substance is alcohol, weed, coke, speed, sex, food or simple greed. We … [Read more...]

WOMEN in RECOVERY – Patience with ‘others’ during Recovery

  Patience and Tolerance “For patience and tolerance is our code.”   I wonder how many of us in recovery can honestly say that IS our code. For me, it is more like I wish it were my code. In our society today, for all people, impatience and intolerance does seem to prevail. We all know folks who are not in any 12 Step Program (because they do not need to be) but may seem to be the most impatient people we know. Young people today have a deep sense of instant … [Read more...]

Women in Recovery ~ Addiction + or – Bi-polarism, Alexis Chapman

A Celebration of Women  has been inspired to share the life bloggings of a real woman in recovery ... please welcome Alexis.  Awakening  Ever stare in the mirror wishing your reflection had a voice of its own? I’ve spent the past few evenings gazing at my image in the mirror, wishing that my id would speak to me. Unanswered questions, doubt and fear were written all over my face and I couldn’t grasp on to a reason why. Shouldn’t there be some deeper meaning, some … [Read more...]

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