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Changing Routines – Recovered 1177

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Certain set times, familiar places, and regular activities associated with drinking have been woven closely into the fabric of our lives. Like fatigue, hunger, loneliness, anger, and overelation, these old routines can prove to be traps dangerous to our sobriety.

When we first stopped drinking, many of us found it useful to look back at the habits surrounding our drinking and, whenever possible, to change a lot of the small things connected with drinking.

Tonight, we talk about Changing Old Routines

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Staying Active – Recovered 1176

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Simply trying to avoid a drink (or not think of one), all by itself, doesn’t seem to be enough. The more we think about the drink we’re trying to keep away from, the more it occupies our mind, of course. And that’s no good. It’s better to get busy with something, almost anything, that will use our mind and channel our energy toward health.

Many of us have had the privilege to be working in early recovery. But even so, there were some pretty long, vacant stretches of minutes and hours staring at us. We needed new habits of activity to fill those open spaces and utilize the nervous energy previously absorbed by our preoccupation, or our obsession, with drinking.

Tonight, we talk about Staying Active

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https://www.aa.org/assets/en_US/b-7_livingsober_1-17.pdf

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Incurable, Progressive, and Fatal – Recovered 1174

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Many people in the world know they cannot eat certain foods—oysters or strawberries or eggs or cucumbers or sugar or something else—without getting very uncomfortable and maybe even quite sick.
A person with a food allergy of this kind can go around feeling a lot of self-pity, complaining to everyone that he or she is unfairly deprived, and constantly whining about not being able, or allowed, to eat something delicious.
Obviously, even though we may feel cheated, it isn’t wise to ignore our own physiological makeup. If our limitations are ignored, severe discomfort or illness may result. To stay healthy and reasonably happy, we must learn to live with the bodies we have.

Tonight, we talk about Alcoholism as an Incurable, Progressive and Fatal Disease

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https://www.aa.org/assets/en_US/b-7_livingsober_1-17.pdf

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24 Hour Plan – Recovered 1172

150 150 Mark S

In AA we try to avoid the expressions “on the wagon” and “taking the pledge.” They remind us of our failures. Although we realize that alcoholism is a permanent, irreversible condition, our experience has taught us to make no long-term promises about staying sober. We have found it more realistic—and more successful—to say, “I am not taking a drink, just for today.”

Even if we drank yesterday, we can plan not to drink today. We may drink tomorrow—who knows whether we’ll even be alive then?—but for this 24 hours, we decide not to drink. No matter what the temptation or provocation, we determine to go to any extremes necessary to avoid a drink today.

Tonight, we talk about The 24 Hour Plan

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https://www.aa.org/assets/en_US/b-7_livingsober_1-17.pdf

 

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Ebby T – Recovered 1171

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Ebby T. – Bill W.’s sponsor – speaking in a hotel room in Memphis, TN – 1958

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First Drink – Recovered 1170

150 150 Mark S

Expressions commonly heard in A.A. are “If you don’t take that first drink, you can’t get drunk” and “One drink is too many, but twenty are not enough.”

If we do not take the first drink, we never get drunk. Therefore, instead of planning never to get drunk, or trying to limit the number of drinks or the amount of alcohol, we have learned to concentrate on avoiding only one drink: the first one.

Tonight, we talk about Staying Away From The First Drink

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