Category Archives: Twelve Steps

Transformation, Accountability, and 11 Months Sober

I didn’t want to go to a meeting yesterday morning, which is always a sure sign that I need to. I always get so much from meetings (especially at my new home group), but it’s easy to get lazy and … Continue reading

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Chairing an AA Meeting…in a Sanctuary

I was nervous but prepared to chair a meeting for the first time at my home group. As I drove to the meeting last night, I listened to Hozier’s “Take Me To Church,” (one of the many tracks in my … Continue reading

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Further Steps Toward Normality…Or Something Like That

I realize that there’s no “normal,” exactly, but most of us in recovery would probably agree that are degrees of normal we prefer now to what passed for normal before we stopped drinking (or using). My normal night used to … Continue reading

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Wake Me When It’s Over? No, I’m Pretty Awake Now, Thanks.

There’s a song called “Wake Me When It’s Over” I used to listen to when I was drinking because (I thought) it fit my life. In many ways, it did; there were many days I thought, “Just wake me when … Continue reading

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9 Months a Little Clearer on the Horizon

I was walking through the grocery store parking lot yesterday with my two kids, and my youngest bent over to pick up what I thought was a green bottle cap. I got onto him for picking up trash, but he … Continue reading

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An Alcoholic Walks Into An NA Meeting…

…and, despite the heat and general discomfort of his surroundings, not only manages to refrain from bolting but gets something out of it. Huzzah! A friend of mine who’s a recovering addict told me about the meeting an invited me, … Continue reading

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Hey, Wanna Hang Out? No? Okay, Whew….

I met with my sponsor Sunday at my favorite coffee shop, the one where I write, read, and ponder life (not nearly as much as I’d like to…pesky work). One of the reasons I like the place is that there … Continue reading

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