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Fear – Recovered 1246

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When people give up abusing alcohol and drugs it does not mean that their trials in life are over. They are still going to have to deal with the ups and downs of life just like everyone else. The only difference will be that they won’t be hiding from reality through substance abuse. One of the things that people in recovery are almost certain to face is fear. It is unavoidable. Those in recovery are no longer interested in hiding from fear. Their focus is on learning to manage it effectively.

Fear can be defined as a distressing emotion aroused by impending pain or danger. The trigger for this emotion can be real or imaginary, and it may or may not be rational. When people feel fear, they may go into panic mode. This means that are unable to think clearly or make good decisions. It is usual to view fear as a negative emotion, but it can also be highly beneficial, as it helps to keep humans out of danger.

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People can be afraid of getting better in recovery. This is because so much of their identity has been wrapped up in their addiction. It can be impossible for people to imagine a life where substance abuse is no longer so important. The idea of a person who is happy and sober can be frightening. It can feel like they need to give away their current identity in order to become a stranger. Getting better is undoubtedly a step into the unknown and it does take courage to press forward into sobriety. But it’s worth it.

This week’s topic of
Fear
was inspired by
Chapter 31 – Surrendering the Weapons of Fear
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Verse 31 – Surrendering the Weapons of Fear

The weapons of fear are selfishness, dishonesty, and resentment.
When we start this path, these are the only defenses we possess.

The result is weakness, despair, and death.

As we surrender to this new way of life, we begin to lay down the weapons of fear and pick up the gifts of Love in their place.

We see that our enemy was not the target of our fear.
There is no enemy, only ourselves.

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Artubus O Part 5 – Recovered 1251

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Arbutus O’N. from Brownwood, TX speaking at Cedar River Roundup in Cedar Rapids, IA – May 5th 2002

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Artubus O Part 2 – Recovered 1245

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Arbutus O’N. from Brownwood, TX speaking at the 3rd Anniversary Soberfest in Champaign, IL – October 9th 1993

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The Fellowship – Recovered 1244

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Alcoholics Anonymous refers to the fellowship as their group of people dedicated to a 12-step lifestyle which includes meetings and service work.  It’s not just about the meetings for them, it’s about the gathering of the people in the meetings. People who are there to support you and who need your support.  They will become a valued circle of friendship and fellowship in your recovery.

One of the most important benefits of friendship and fellowship in recovery is the positive support you will receive as you work through the challenges you may face after starting your recovery program. The Fellowship and a sponsor can guide you through the steps that will help you build up a support group of friends, as well as help you identify those unhealthy relationships and behaviors that you will need to avoid going forward.

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Changing your problem relationships and identifying supportive relationships are critical steps for you now. If you’re new. you may find that you need to set boundaries with former friends so they will no longer negatively influence your behavior. 

This week’s topic of
The Fellowship
was inspired by
Chapter 27 – Everyone is My Teacher
Of Buddy’s book, Powerless But Not Helpless
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Verse 27 – Everyone Is My Teacher

Good works leave no trace.
Good plans use no schemes.

Those living sober rescue others and reject no one.
This is called following the light.

We learn from the most unlikely teachers and influence the most unlikely students.

If we are not open-minded as to what we can receive from others, especially those who we feel have nothing to teach us, we will end up utterly lost.

This is essential wisdom.

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Peter M. and Tom N. speaking about pages 25 to 52 of the Big Book Part 7 – Recovered 1243

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Peter M. and Tom N. from Staten Island, NY speaking about pages 25 to 52 of the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous at the CPH12 v1 conference in Copenhagen, Denmark – November 22nd 2003

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Serenity – Recovered 1242

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If you’ve begun your recovery from drugs and alcohol, you’ve already taken the first step toward finding serenity. This is because when you’re in active addiction, your life is filled with chaos and dysfunction – not peace and serenity.

During recovery, on the other hand, you’ll learn about inner peace and spiritual healing – and how serenity can help bring you calm as you cope with the ups and downs of life without drugs and/or alcohol.

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In your process of working a 12-step recovery program, you’ll learn about inner peace.  You will learn how serenity can help give you a sense of calmness as you cope with the ups and downs of life without drugs and alcohol.

It’s not easy and a big part of recovery and the 12-step philosophy is learning techniques to bring you peace of mind and tranquility in your fight for sobriety, even in the midst of chaos. 

This week’s topic of
Serenity
was inspired by
Chapter 26 – Living Undisturbed
Of Buddy’s book, Powerless But Not Helpless
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Verse 26 – Living Undisturbed

Compassion makes life easy.
Surrender is the master of the restless.

Therefore, those living sober can participate in the activities of the world, undisturbed and without fear.

They can enjoy many material goods yet stay unattached.
As long as compassion and surrender continue, all of this is possible.

 

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Peter M. and Tom N. speaking about the chapter There is a solution Part 6 – Recovered 1241

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Peter M. and Tom N. from Staten Island, NY speaking about the chapter “There is a solution” of the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous at the CPH12 v1 conference in Copenhagen, Denmark – November 22nd 2003

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Higher Power – Recovered 1240

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Do you believe in God? What about a higher power? If you aren’t a religious person, the idea of a higher power being part of your recovery can make you feel hesitant about moving forward. But the truth is, following a higher power in recovery doesn’t have to be based on traditional or structured religion.

Still, starting a program of recovery can be difficult if you don’t have a firm understanding of what a higher power is. Finding a higher power in recovery takes faith, and having faith in something can take time and patience. Just like going to your first meeting, belief in a higher power is a decision you have to make for yourself.

Tonight, we talk about a Higher Power

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While finding a higher power is your decision, 
we’re here to help get the process started. 
By learning about the importance of a higher power in recovery, you’ll be more comfortable about taking the next step in your program.

This week’s topic of
Higher Power
was inspired by
Chapter 25 – Love
Of Buddy’s book, Powerless But Not Helpless
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Verse 25 – Love 

There was “something” containing everything before the world began.
Empty, complete, unchanging, tranquil, formless, ever-giving, and in constant motion, without effort.

This “something” permeates everything, accessible everywhere.
If I were to impose a name, 
I would call it the “Dao,” the “Way,” or “Higher Power.”

This Way is functioning everywhere, ever-flowing and always returning.
Man follows Earth, Earth follows the Universe, 
the Universe follows the Way.

The Way always follows its nature of Love.
These four are the great ones.
They naturally follow each other in a continual, harmonious dance o

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Peter M. and Tom N. speaking about the chapter Bill’s Story Part 5 – Recovered 1239

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Peter M. and Tom N. from Staten Island, NY speaking about the chapter “Bill’s Story” of the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous at the CPH12 v1 conference in Copenhagen, Denmark – November 21st 2003

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Arbutus O Part 1 – Recovered 1238

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Alanon Speaker Arbutus O. from Brownwood, TX speaking at “Soberfest” in Urbana, IL – October 14th 1998

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