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One of the most important parts of the AA program is to give our drinking problem to God honestly and fully—Twenty-Four Hour a Day, March 1st— We don’t handle our drinking or other drug problem. We don’t take care of this problem by ourselves. We turn our problem over to God as we understand Him. […]

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A great obstacle to happiness is to expect too much happiness. —Fontenelle— Our disease is sometimes call the disease of  “always wanting more.” We push ourselves to get as much pleasure as we could. If one was good , two was better. We didn’t see that what we were lacking was faith. At times in […]

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We give thanks for unknown blessings already on their way. —Sacred ritual chant— Good things keep happening to us. We are sober. We can think clearly. We can see progress on how we handle our problems. We have friends. We have love. We have hope. We are starting to feel joy. Our fears are getting […]

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Patience is needed with everyone, but first of all with ourselves. —St. Francis de Sales— How do you treat yourself? Do you talk to yourself in a kind and loving voice? We can’t be kind and loving to others until we learn to be kind and loving with ourselves. To live this way, we must […]

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We create revolution by living it. —Jerry Rubin— There’s a lot wrong in the world—Child abuse, homeless and hungry people, pollution. Our old way of dealing with these troubles was to break the rules or to “drop out” by using chemicals. Now we have a new way to change the world. We’re changing ourselves. One […]

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 No human creature can give order to love. —George Sand— If we are trying to get others to love us, all we’re really doing is trying to be in control. Trying to control others can be a powerful drug. Remember, we can’t control others. We can’t make others love us. Our Higher Power has control, […]

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That day is lost on which one has not laughed. —French proverb— For a long time, we didn’t really laugh. It’s surprising when we think about it: We hadn’t really laughed for so long . . . we almost forgot how good we could feel. It feels so good to laugh again! Now our spirits […]

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It is enough that I am of value to somebody today. —Hugh Prather— Even in recovery, we addicts often feel we are not enough. Maybe it’s leftover shame from our using days. But we are enough. We are of great value. We all need each other to stay sober. Each of us needs other recovering […]

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No labor, however humble, is dishonoring. —The Talmud— Work is good for the heart. Work is good for our minds. It can give us something to focus on besides ourselves. Labor doesn’t just mean having a job. It may mean planting a garden or helping a friend. It certainly means working our program. Hopefully, it’s […]

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Life I love you, all is groovy. —Paul Simon— Prayer for the Day: Higher Power, help me let go of my fears and enjoy life. I haven’t always known how to enjoy life, but Working the Twelve Steps is more than recovery from alcohol or other drug addiction. It’s also about how to enjoy life. […]