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About Bill

About-Bill-VineyardBill Vineyard is a husband, father of four, Kansan, and pseudo-philosopher.

His discovery of faith is based on a lifelong journey of recovery – first working to confront his own personal war against addiction, and then through a life devoted to helping the local suffering alcoholic and addict.

“Which is more difficult, to awaken one who sleeps or to awaken one who, awake, dreams that he is awake?”
– Soren Kierkegaard. Works of Love. 1847.

From the platform of a family-owned alcohol and drug rehabilitation center, Bill worked for 35 years as a LAC conducting a myriad of group sessions from step work and cognitive activities to the complex nature of role plays and psychodramas. Over that time, he completed more than 30,000 drug and alcohol offense-related evaluations and met with thousands of outpatient and inpatient clients.

The Common Man’s Champion

Bill now works one-on-one as a friend and peer in recovery for those in need, especially those who have nowhere else to turn. He believes that within each of us, below the many masks and scars we acquire throughout our troubled lives, there still remains the core of our true self – our most natural and pure state of God-given talent, spirit, and expression.

Bill is an advocate of traditional 12-step recovery. He cherishes the Big Book and has one of the most complete and dynamic Søren Kierkegaard libraries in the nation. He enjoys front porch musings with his family, down-home organic cooking, and watching the time and the wind blow change across the Kentucky Bluegrass prairie surrounding his home.

“I have found that the process of discovering who I really am begins with knowing who I really don’t want to be.”
–Alcoholics Anonymous

His Pillars of Cool include Elvis Presley, George Jones, Blackbear Bosin, Harley Davidson, and anyone who practices the art of plumbing. When he’s not reading philosophical texts, he morphs into a history buff – a Cliff Clavin of sorts. Some of his favorite areas of study include Greco-Roman spirituality and civilization, the history of the world, psychology, and health solutions based on an organic lifestyle.

The Recovery Effect

The Recovery Effect was designed as an expressive platform for my personal studies, work experience, and spiritual mission. It is my intention to bring honest and faithful guidance to any person starved of the comfort and resolve one finds in living a life of recovery.

But by the grace of God…from my personal “trip” through life and addiction, I’ve grown to understand the alcoholic and addict quite well. I’ve also come to understand the necessity of a devout and loving recovery community. For any of you who are in immediate need, you will certainly find immediate help and love within the walls of an AA or recovery based meeting.

Please take the hatred elsewhere. If the topics presented in this blog offend you in any way, thoughtfully consider why they offend you. I am not here to impose my principles on anyone, or debate them. I merely aim to extend a helping hand to any neighbor in need. With the right mindset, you might just walk away with something useful to chew on.

“For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think [of himself] more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.”
-Romans 12:3

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  • Three Choices

The immediate object of our quest is sobriety—freedom from alcohol and from all its baleful consequences. Without this freedom, we have nothing at all.

Paradoxically, though, we can achieve no liberation from the alcohol obsession until we become willing to deal with those character defects which have landed us in that helpless condition. In this freedom quest, we are always given three choices.

A rebellious refusal to work upon our glaring defects can be an almost certain ticket to destruction. Or, perhaps for a time, we can stay sober with a minimum of self-improvement and settle ourselves into a comfortable but often dangerous mediocrity. Or, finally, we can continuously try hard for those sterling qualities that can add up to fineness of spirit and action—true and lasting freedom under God.
GRAPEVINE, NOVEMBER 1960

The Recovery Effect Podcast – Episode 17: 
The Road Most Trudged
http://therecoveryeffect.com/podcast/podcast17/
  • “Courage and Prudence

When fear persisted, we knew it for what it was, and we became able to handle it. We began to see each adversity as a God-given opportunity to develop the kind of courage which is born of humility, rather than of bravado.

Prudence is a workable middle ground, a channel of clear sailing between the obstacles of fear on the one side and of recklessness on the other. Prudence in practice creates a definite climate, the only climate in which harmony, effectiveness, and consistent spiritual progress can be achieved. “Prudence is rational concern without worry.” GRAPEVINE, JAN 1962

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True, most of us thought good character was desirable, but obviously good character was something one needed to get on with the business of being self-satisfied. With a proper display of honesty and morality, we’d stand a better chance of getting what we really wanted. But whenever we had to choose between character and comfort, the character-building was lost in the dust of our chase after what we thought was happiness. Seldom did we look at character-building as something desirable in itself, something we would like to strive for whether our instinctual needs were met or not. We never thought of making honesty, tolerance, and true love of man and God the daily basis of living.

The Recovery Effect Podcast – Episode 14: 
What It Takes To Succeed
  • THERE IS A SOLUTION

We, of ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, know thousands of men and women who were once just as hopeless as Bill. Nearly all have recovered. They have solved the drink problem. We are average Americans. All sections  of this country and many of its occupations are represented, as well as many political, economic, social, and religious backgrounds. We are people who normally would not mix. But there exists among us a fellowship, a friendliness, and an understanding which is indescribably wonderful. We are like the passengers of a great liner the moment after rescue from shipwreck when camaraderie, joyousness and democracy pervade the vessel from steerage to Captain's table. Unlike the feelings of the ship's passengers, however, our joy in escape from disaster does not subside as we go our individual ways. The feeling of having shared in a common peril is one element in the powerful cement which binds us. But that in itself would never have held us together as we are now joined. The tremendous fact for every one of us is that we have discovered a common solution. We have a way out on which we can absolutely agree, and upon which we can join in brotherly and harmonious action. This is the great news this book carries to those who suffer from alcoholism.

The Recovery Effect Podcast – 
Episode 1: Powerless
http://therecoveryeffect.com/podcast/podcast1/
  • “Out of Defeat ... Strength

If we are planning to stop drinking, there must be no reservation of any kind, nor any lurking notion that some day we will be immune to alcohol.  Such is the paradox of A.A. regeneration: strength arising out of complete defeat and weakness, the loss of one’s old life as a condition for finding a new one.
AA BB P. 33 & A.A. COMES OF AGE, P. 46

The Recovery Effect Podcast – Episode 23: 
Our Greatest Enemy, Part 1 & Part 2

http://therecoveryeffect.com/podcast/podcast23/
http://therecoveryeffect.com/podcast/podcast24/

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