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We Reap What We Sow.

By Bill on October 18, 2016

It was grandparents day at Christ The Savior Academy which is a school at St. George Orthodox Christian church. My grandson, Reid, a prekindergarten was excited that his Nana and Papa were there. All the…

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I Blamed God

By Bill on February 8, 2016

When ‘bad’ things happen to us we are often confused as to why this bad thing is happening. We spend hours trying to figure out the answer, and most of the time, the answer never…

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Life Is An Addiction.

By Bill on January 30, 2016

The Bible (Ecc 1:18) says, “with much wisdom is much grief: and he that increases his knowledge increases his sorrow.” I can personally testify to that statement as most of my life has been spent…

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Modern Changes in Recovery

By Bill on December 4, 2015

There seem to be three types of groups that make up the nature of addiction. First there are ‘The Unbelievers’, those for whom the 12 Step Program is false and unbelievable. This group tries various…

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All Things Work To The Good.

By Bill on October 14, 2015

Do all things really, “Work together for good to those who love God, to them who are called according to His purpose”? I’ve used that saying many times throughout the years, mostly to get me…

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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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