23rd Psalm for Recovery

23rd Psalm for Recovery.

 

The Lord is my sponsor, I shall not want.

He makes me to go to many meetings.

 

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ANOTHER SOBER ALCOHOLIC: SOME THOUGHTS ON GRATITUDE

ANOTHER SOBER ALCOHOLIC: SOME THOUGHTS ON GRATITUDE.

Many of us Peeps (“We the Peeps”!) from time to time write our gratitude lists in the posts.  It is GooooD for me to read these, and to be reminded how important it is–to know and recognize that God is the constant Giver, and I, the undeserving receiver.  I am SO grateful for SO many things which I take SO for granted.

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    AA logo 2 The twelve-step recovery model of AA: a voluntary mutual help association

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    • The circle represents the reinforcing effect of the three legs upon each other as well as the "technology" of the sharing circle and the fellowship.
    • The first leg of the triangle, recovery, refers to the journey of individuals to abstinence and a new "way of living."
    • The second leg, service, refers to helping other alcoholics which also connects the participants into a fellowship.
    • The third leg, unity, refers to the fellowship of recovering alcoholics, their groups, and organizations.

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    “Here’s a widespread, chronic disorder that seems to respond well to an inexpensive resource — mutual-help groups such as AA,” said study co-author Robert Stout, Ph.D., director of the Decision Sciences Institute at PIRE. “Not only do we need to get more addicts engaged in these groups, but we also need to gather evidence on this issue and make sure that the public, policy-makers and practitioners know about it.”

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