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I’m Bill Vineyard.

For 37 years I ran a family-owned alcohol and drug rehabilitation center. My mission was to introduce recovery to those struggling with addiction.

Throughout this time I conducted over 30,000 drug and alcohol offense-related evaluations and met with thousands of outpatient and inpatient clients. The industry has changed a lot since I began, and I know what works and what doesn’t.

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  • Only Step One, where we made the 100 percent admission we were powerless over alcohol, can be practiced with absolute perfection. The remaining eleven Steps state perfect ideals. They are goals toward which we look, and measuring sticks by which we estimate our progress. 
The Recovery Effect Podcast – Episode 1: Powerless
http://therecoveryeffect.com/podcast/podcast1/
  • Why all this insistence that every AA must hit bottom first? The answer is that few people will sincerely try to practice the AA program unless they have hit bottom.  For practicing AA’s remaining eleven steps means the adoption of attitudes and actions that almost no alcoholic who is still drinking can dream of taking. Who wants to confess his faults to another and make restitution for harm done? Who cares anything about a Higher Power, let along meditation and prayer? Who wants to sacrifice time and energy in trying to carry A.A.’s message not the next sufferer? No, the average alcoholic, self-centered in the extreme, doesn’t care for this prospect — unless he has to do these things in order to stay alive himself. 
The Recovery Effect Podcast – Episode 23: 
Our Greatest Enemy, Part 1
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The only requirement for AA membership is an honest desire to stop drinking. (Forward to First Edition AA BB)

The Recovery Effect Podcast – Episode 20: 
God’s Requirements
  • As we have seen, self-searching is the means by which we bring new vision, action, and grace to bear upon the dark and negative side of our natures.  It is a step in the development of that kind of humility that makes it possible for us to receive God’s help.  Yet it is only a step. We will want to go further. We will want the good that is in us all, even the worst of us, to flower and grow.

The Recovery Effect Podcast – Episode 3: 
The Highest Thing a Human Being Will Ever Know
http://therecoveryeffect.com/podcast/podcast3/
  • The need for ego reduction. It is common knowledge that a return of the full-fledged ego can happen at any time. Years of sobriety are no insurance against its resurgence. No AA's, regardless of their veteran status, can ever relax their guard against a reviving ego. The function of surrender in AA is now clear. It produces that stopping by causing the individual to say, "I quit. I give up on my headstrong ways. I've learned my lesson." Very often for the first time in that individual's adult career, he has encountered the necessary discipline that halts him in his headlong pace. Actually, he is lucky to have within him the capacity to surrender. It is that which differentiates him from the wild animals. And this happens because we can surrender and truly feel, "Thy will, not mine, be done. "Unfortunately, that ego will return unless the individual learns to accept a disciplined way of life, which means the tendency toward ego comeback is permanently checked.  This is not news to AA members. They have learned that a single surrender is not enough. Under the wise leadership of the AA "founding fathers" the need for continued endeavor to maintain that miracle has been steadily stressed. The Twelve Steps urge repeated inventories, not just one, and the Twelfth Step is in itself a routine reminder that one must work at preserving sobriety. Moreover, it is referred to as Twelfth Step work—which is exactly what it is. By that time, the miracle is for the other person. -Dr. Harry M. Tiebout, M.D.

The Recovery Effect Podcast – Episode 23: 
Our Greatest Enemy, Part 1
http://therecoveryeffect.com/podcast/podcast23/

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