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Step 2 – Recovered 1101

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The second step is about hope, a Higher Power, and dealing with reality.
This step logically follows step one in which we surrendered and gave up.

With surrender comes all kinds of unmedicated feelings. We have to face feelings we haven’t dealt with in years or maybe ever. We likely will have to confront uncomfortable emotions like our fear, anger, hopelessness.

The exact wording of this step is:

Came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.

Tonight, we talk about Step 2

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Step 1 – Recovered 1099

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The first step in 12 step recovery programs involves more than just admitting that there is a problem. It means breaking through the denial that has kept the person locked in their misery. The individual has to accept that they have been beaten by their addiction. The exact wording of this step is:

We admitted we were powerless over alcohol – that our lives had become unmanageable.

Tonight, we talk about Step 1

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Sandy B Part 7 – Recovered 1100

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Having Hobbies in Recovery – Recovered 1098

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Escaping alcoholism is a great start, but it is not enough alone to ensure a satisfying life in recovery. This is because life has to have meaning and purpose in order for it to be enjoyable. Hobbies are more than just a way to fill time. They provide pleasure and improve mental and physical well-being. These activities can give life in recovery a real purpose, and this will reduce the risk of relapse. It is possible that people can become too obsessive about their hobbies, so the key is moderation.

Tonight, we talk about Having Hobbies in Recovery.

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Relapse and Coming Back In – Recovered 1097

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Relapse is not uncommon. Some people find it difficult to overcome their addictive behaviors for the long term. Once clean, the addict can easily fall back into old practices and habits. Recovery requires commitment, discipline and a network of support. The old adage “it takes a village” is clearly demonstrated in recovery. But those of us who have relapsed, coming back into the village of recovery can be difficult.

Tonight, we talk about Relapse and Coming Back In.

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Character Defects – Recovered 1096

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Humans are obviously not perfect; everyone will have their flaws and weaknesses. It is only when these imperfections lead to suffering that there is a real cause for concern. Most people will have many minor character defects, and a few major ones. It will be these major flaws that will cause them the most problems in life.

Tonight, we talk about Character Defects

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Being of Service – Recovered 1095

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One of the famous sayings used by Twelve Step groups is that you have to give it away in order to keep it. What this is referring to is the idea that service in recovery can help the giver as much as the receiver. This giving should not be done in the hope of a reward or praise. Instead the individual does it because they know that it is helping to keep them clean and sober too. Numerous studies have provided evidence that helping others in recovery provides great benefit to the helper.

Tonight, we talk about Being of Service

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Perfectionism – Recovered 1094

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Perfectionists hold themselves to rigid standards. If they don’t perform up to these standards, they will often rehash and review, berating themselves for not performing up to par. This often inhibits healthy behaviors resulting in no action because of fear that they’ll mess up. It’s not surprising that perfectionists often procrastinate. Perfectionists might also impose their rigid standards on others and character defects such as anger results when these individuals don’t measure up.

It is not surprising that perfectionists often suffer from anxiety, depression, and eating disorders. Moreover, those who have perfectionistic tendencies often struggle with balance, acceptance, self-care, and self-compassion …the list can go on.

Tonight, we talk about Perfectionism

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Returning to Face to Face Meetings – Recovered 1093

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We have spent weeks working our program using technology to stay connected. But now, face to face meetings are starting up again.

Tonight, we talk about Returning to Face to face Meetings

 

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Complacency – Recovered 1092

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Complacency can be defined as a feeling of contentment or self-satisfaction, especially when coupled with an unawareness of danger, trouble, or controversy. To say an individual is acting complacently means that they are taking things for granted. When an individual becomes complacent they no longer feel that they need to work in order to find success in life – they view it as something they have already earned.

Those individuals who are recovering from an addiction need to be particularly careful not to take their sober life for granted. If they become complacent they might stop doing the things that have been keeping them away from alcohol or drugs. This could then spell disaster for them.

There is no graduation day in recovery and when people are not moving forward they tend to regress.

Tonight, we talk about Complacency

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