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Our Topic on Tuesday, June 28, 2016 will be “Unmanageability.”

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Joe and Charlie Bill’s Story Part 2 – Recovered 714

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Recovery Literature – Recovered 713

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“Reading recovery literature is another important tool of the program. It helps to educate, motivate, and inspire us. Reading recovery literature helps us learn how to stay sober and work a recovery program specifically tailored for us.” This does however assume you are literate and sighted, which is not always the case.

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How about you?
When you were new, what were you told to read?

How was it effective?
How did you use recovery literature, what were your routines?

What were some of your favorite titles when you were new?

What websites, blogs, or podcasts do you use in your recovery?

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Some of my books I have read

Big Book
Big Book Commentary by Frank Dwyer
12 and 12
Daily Meditations
24 Hours a Day
How Alanon Works
Blueprint for Progress
Courage to Change
A New Pair of Glasses
Dr. Bob and the Good Oldtimers
As Bill Sees it
Drop the Rock
The Golden Key
Three scriptures foundational according to Dr. Bob
The Sermon on the Mount
The Book of James
1 Cor 13

Ever thought about the fact that the programs assumes you can read?

I knew a guy who was illiterate in the program
In aa we have a tradition where the introduction to the meeting includes readings from approved literature and is shared by different members
Ken could never participate in this
He couldn’t read the Big Book. But Ken could pray
He might be the most spiritual person I knew.

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Cristie
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Hannah
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Clyde
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Kurt
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Joe and Charlie Bill’s Story Part 1 – Recovered 712

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Recovery is My Responsibility – Recovered 711

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We people who manage to escape addiction did so by taking responsibility for our own plight. When abusing substances we may have had plenty of justifications that absolved our accountability, but such irrational thinking cannot follow us into sobriety. Recovery begins when we take responsibility for our situation and decide to improve things.

Responsibility Defined
The word responsibility means an individual who has a moral, legal, or mental accountability for something. It means that people are answerable for any act performed, and its consequences. Responsibility is based on the idea that humans are capable of making choices, and therefore they should be responsible for these choices.

This means that if there are negative consequences for some action by an individual they should be prepared to be accountable for this.

In previous generations it was assumed that people fell into addiction because they were just bad people. The disease theory of addiction became popular during the middle of the last century, and this puts forward the idea that the addict is not fully to blame for their situation. They have a brain disease,

and it is this that drives the addiction. This would imply that the addict is no more responsible for their condition than the diabetic.

While many would agree that the individual is not responsible for falling into addiction they certainly have a responsibility to get themselves out of this situation. Nobody else can do this for them so if they fail to take responsibility they are doomed to an unpleasant ending.

Some individuals use the disease theory as justification for their failure to escape addiction, but this argument is not valid at all. If people choose to continue to abuse alcohol and drugs they are fully responsible for the outcome.

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What was your initial reaction when you heard that Recovery is My Responsibility was going to be the topic?
Where do you want to start?

Before drugs and alcohol, were you a responsible person?

How were you irresponsible when you started using?
Why did you become irresponsible?
What were some of the consequences of being irresponsible?
How did it affect your relationships with family, friends, higher power, employer, self?

When you first came into program, did you have unrealistic expectations of the fellowship to get you sober? Explain?

How did you come to the realization that your recovery is your responsibility?
What does Recovery is My Responsibility mean to you today?
Why is being responsible for your own recovery important to you?

How did you learn to be more responsible?
What steps, service work, prayer, slogan, sponsor advice, etc. helped?

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Joe and Charlie Doctor’s Opinion Part 3 – Recovered 710

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Call Recovered About Recovery is My Responsibility

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On Tuesday, June 14,  2016, The Recovery Topic is “Recovery is My Responsibility”
 
While many would agree that we are not responsible for falling into addiction but we certainly have a responsibility into recovery. Nobody else can do this for us.
Let’s talk about this solution.  Tap Speakpipe (especially if you are outside the Unites States) or call 1-734-288-7510 and answer the following question(s):
What does being responsible for your recovery mean to you?
How do you take responsibility for your recovery?
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When God’s Will Seems Cruel – Recovered 709

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The problem of evil is the most serious problem in the world. It is also the one serious objection to the existence of God. If God is all knowing and all powerful, what kind of God would allow bad things to happen to good people. Many of us coming into recovery have had terrible things happen to us and we blamed God for it. Now, as a newcomer, we find out that a relationship with a higher power is suggested, maybe even necessary, for a successful life in sobriety.

My current form of spirituality is that I experience my Higher Power in relationships. It is usually people who hurt me and I project these negative emotions and blame on God. I have also learned how to forgive God by forgiving people, including myself.

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So, that is the topic tonight. How do we deal with God when his will seems cruel.

When you were growing up, did you experience trauma?
Did you blame God?

When you came in, what was your relationship with higher power?
How did you develop your relationship with higher power?

Have you experienced tragedy/heartbreak since recovery?
Have you been angry with God since recovery?

How did you deal with that?

Let’s talk about forgiveness as a recovery tool.
When I have been hurt, I find that it is best for me to get to forgiveness as soon as possible. But this is a journey usually, because anger, shame, revenge, all these negative emotions have to be felt and moved through. But it has been my experience that Forgiveness is something I do for myself, not a favor I do to the other party.
Why is forgiveness something you do for yourself?
What has been your experience?

Forgiveness is not a matter of exonerating people who have hurt you. They may not deserve exoneration. Forgiveness means cleansing your soul of the bitterness of ‘what might have been,’ ‘what should have been,’ and ‘what didn’t have to happen.’
Have you ever tried to change the past?

Someone has defined forgiveness as ‘giving up all hope of having had a better past.

Service Work is another tool in dealing with tragedy.
The purpose in life is not to win. The purpose in life is to grow and to share.
How has service work giving you purpose in life?

Good people will do good things, lots of them, because they are good people. They will do bad things because they are human.
Why is it true that to err is to be human? Why should you be compassionate to someone who makes mistakes?

Gratitude can help when dealing with bad situations
If you concentrate on finding whatever is good in every situation, you will discover that your life will suddenly be filled with gratitude, a feeling that nurtures the soul.
Does gratitude help you in recovery?

The We part of the program is also helpful
One man alone can’t defeat the forces of evil, but many good people coming together can.
What does this mean to you?

We have responsibility for our own happiness
God’s job is not to make sick people healthy. That’s the doctor’s job. God’s job is to make sick people brave.
What does this mean to you?

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Call Recovered About Being Angry With God

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On Tuesday, June 7,  2016, The Recovery Topic is “When God’s Will Seems Cruel.”
 
Even though we get into recovery and find a Higher Power, bad things still happen and we can get angry at our Higher Power.
Let’s talk about this solution.  Tap Speakpipe (especially if you are outside the Unites States) or call 1-734-288-7510 and answer the following question(s):
Have you ever been angry with God while in a program?
What happened?
How did the tools of the program help?
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