Why I Qualify For Underearners Anonymous

I am a periodic underearner. I go through periods in my life when my writing pays well, I stop debting, get pretty much caught up and begin to live a comfortable life with reasonable income and expenses. Debtors Anonymous helped me learn to keep track of my money and begin to ask, and get, what […]

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Addiction Cravings Can Hit Any Time

I let go of nicotine completely almost six years through phone meetings at Nicotine-Anonymous.org. I had smoked for 40 years and that first two weeks was just awful. I barely trusted myself to go to the store for food. And as one member put it, I ate all of California during the first couple of […]

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12 Step Recovery Slogans – Keep Coming Back

You hear it at almost every 12 Step meeting and even almost every time two or more 12 steppers meet to talk. “Keep coming back,” and often, “Keep coming back, it works!” or even “Keep coming back! It works – if you work it.” Obviously the message is to urge folks to keep coming back […]

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12 Step Recovery = Taking Responsibility

Occasionally I’ll hear someone criticize 12 Step Programs. One complaint about Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, and the myriad of other 12 Step recovery programs is they somehow help those recovering avoid taking personal responsibility. That’s just so much BS, to put it bluntly. My guess is the person, who is often a professional of one sort or another, […]

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12 Step Recovery Slogans – One Day At A Time

One Day At A Time may be the first 12 Step Recovery slogan. When you read the stories of AA’s pioneers in the Big Book, it becomes pretty obvious that, just as today, many stayed sober one day or even one hour or one minute at a time. The idea behind the slogan is, of course, that anyone […]

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Alcoholics Anonymous – One Day at a Time: The Story of AA On You Tube

I was looking for some history about the 12 Step Recovery Slogans when I found this video, which is a 9+ minute story of alcoholism and Alcoholics Anonymous. It covers a whole bunch of history and is worth a look I think. It might also be good to show those folks around us who don’t […]

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12 Steppers Benefit From Slowing Down, Even Stopping For The Present Moment

I don’t know about you, but if I’m not careful, my mind will spin out in a million different directions. I often find myself  trying to solve problems I can’t like the state of the environment, worry about my old car, looking forward to an hour from now or tomorrow or next week and feeling guilty about […]

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12 Step Recovery Slogans – Keep It Simple

It’s said that Dr. Bob strongly suggested to  co-founder Bill W. to keep it simple back when Alcoholics Anonymous  was getting organized. (Yes, I know. AA doesn’t wish to be organized, but…) It’s one of those pieces of AA lore hope is true. I imagine the dignified Dr. Bob admonishing Bill when Bill was having any number […]

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12 Step Chuckling Even In Trader Joe’s Markets

I went to Trader Joe’s this morning to do my weekly grocery shopping. Among the items I bought were two bags of their wonderful organic popcorn. As so often happens in that store I’d been laughing with the cashier and the guy bagging and when he picked up the two popcorn bags he said, “ah, […]

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Letting Go Of (Self) Contempt Prior To Investigation

I’ve always loved the quote from Herbert Spencer that’s at the end of  Appendix II,  Sp ritual Experience. It says: There is a principle which is a bar against all information, which is proof against all arguments and which cannot fail to keep a person in everlasting ignorance-that principle is contempt prior to investigation. (p. 568 Big Book 4th […]

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