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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.

The Recovery Effect is a platform where I share the stories, insights, and knowledge I’ve learned from my work in the addictions field. It’s also a space where I invite you to ask questions, make requests, and get in touch with me 1-on-1.

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  • It is the act of surrender that initiates the switch from negative to positive behavior.

It occurs when the unconscious defiance and grandiosity are for the time being rendered completely powerless by force of circumstance or reality.

The act of surrender and the change that follows are inseparable since it is safe to assume that if there is no change, there has been no surrender.

The positive phase is really a state of surrender that follows the surrender act.

In several places, as in catharsis, the so-called improvement or feeling better is actually a state of surrender induced by an act of surrender.

The state of surrender, if maintained, supplies an emotional tone to all thinking and feeling that does insure healthy adjustment.

By Harry M. Tiebout, M.D.

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  • "I just know that you are expected, at some point, to do more than carry the message of A.A. to other alcoholics. In A.A. we aim not only for sobriety - we try again to become citizens of the world that we rejected, and of the world that once rejected us. This is the ultimate demonstration toward which twelfth step work is the first but not the final step."
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Episode 11 - Do We Believe in The Principles
  • Dr. Silkworth explains how slips can be prevented
“First,” he explains, “let’s remember the cause. The A.A. who “slips” has not accepted the A.A. program in its entirety. He has a reservation, or reservations. He’s tried to make a compromise. Frequently, of course, he will say he doesn’t know why he reverted to a drink. He means that sincerely and, as a matter of fact, he may not be aware of any reason. But if his thoughts can be probed deeply enough a reason can usually be found in the form of a reservation.” “The preventive, therefore, is acceptance of the A.A. program and A.A. principles without any reservations. This brings us to what I call the moral issue and to what I have always believed from the first to be the essence of A.A." “Why does this moral issue and belief in a power greater than oneself appear to be the essential principle of A.A.? First, an important comparison is found in the fact that all other plans involving psychoanalysis, will-power, restraint and other ingenious ideas have failed in 95 per cent of the cases. A second is that all movements of reform minus a moral issue have passed into oblivion.” “Whatever may be the opinions one professes in the matter of philosophy-whether one is a spiritualist or a scientific materialist - one should recognize the reciprocal influence which the moral and physical exert upon each other. Alcoholism is a mental and physical issue. Physically a man has developed an illness. He cannot use alcohol in moderation, at least not for a period of enduring length. If the alcoholic starts to drink, he sooner or later develops the phenomenon of craving.”
“Mentally, this same alcoholic develops an obsessive type of thinking which, in itself a neurosis, offers an unfavorable prognosis through former plans of treatment. Physically - science does not know why - a man cannot drink in moderation. But through moral psychology - a new interpretation of an old idea - A.A. has been able to solve his former mental obsession. It is the vital principle of A.A., without which A.A. would have failed even as other forms of treatment have failed." TheRecoveryEffect Podcast Episode 16 
How To Never Go Wrong By Doing What's Right
  • Tradition Three. “The only requirement for A.A. membership is a desire to stop drinking.” This Tradition is packed with meaning. For A.A. is really saying to every serious drinker, “You are an A.A. member if you say so. You can declare yourself in; nobody can keep you out. No matter who you are, no matter how low you’ve gone, no matter how grave your emotional complications—even your crimes—we still can’t deny you A.A. We don’t want to keep you out. We aren’t a bit afraid you’ll harm us, never mind how twisted or violent you may be. We just want to be sure that you get the same great chance for sobriety that we’ve had. So you’re an A.A. member the minute you declare yourself.”
  • Those adolescent urges that so many of us have for top approval, perfect security, and perfect romance—urges quite appropriate to age seventeen—prove to be an impossible way of life when we are at age forty-seven or fifty-seven.  Since AA began, I've taken immense wallops in all these areas because of my failure to grow up, emotionally and spiritually. My God, how painful it is to keep demanding the impossible, and how very painful to discover finally, that all along we have had the cart before the horse! Then comes the final agony of seeing how awfully wrong we have been, but still finding ourselves unable to get off the emotional merry-go-round.  How to translate a right mental conviction into a right emotional result, and so into easy, happy, and good living—well, that's not only the neurotic's problem, it's the problem of life itself for all of us who have got to the point of real willingness to hew to right principles in all our affairs.  Even then, as we hew away, peace and joy may still elude us. That's the place so many of us AA oldsters have come to. And it's a hell of a spot, literally. How shall our unconscious—from which so many of our fears, compulsions and phony aspirations still stream—be brought into line with what we actually believe, know and want! How to convince our dumb, raging and hidden "Mr. Hyde" becomes our main task.
My basic flaw had always been dependence - almost absolute dependence - on people or circumstances to supply me with prestige, security, and the like. Failing to get these things according to my perfectionist dreams and specifications, I had fought for them. And when defeat came, so did my depression.

Podcast Episode 15 Emotional Sobriety 

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