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I Already Posses Recovery – Recovered 1193

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The recovery I can create with my thinking is not real recovery.

When I think I know, I have already lost the understanding.

When I let go of the need to know how to get and stay sober, I can see the solution.

When I am obsessed with formulas and shortcuts, I only see the problem.

It is my fixed way of thinking that keeps me trapped.

Addiction and recovery are both found within.
I already possess both and have everything I will ever need.

Tonight, we talk about the Meditation Verse, “I Already Possess Recovery.”

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Being Grateful – Recovered 1192

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Staying sober can boil down to choices we make. We can spend hours thinking of reasons why we want to drink. Or we can spend the same time listing reasons that drinking is not good for us and abstaining is more healthful.

Each of us makes that choice in his or her own way. We are pleased when anyone else chooses to make a decision like ours. But whether you are interested in A.A. or not, we offer good wishes to anyone starting out to stay sober in any way. We keep being grateful that we are free to do it in the ways described tonight.

Tonight, we talk about Being Grateful

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Popsicle Sticks – Recovered 1188

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Popsicle Sticks is not really a topic but rather a style of meeting here in Southeast Michigan. Tonight, this show will be presented in the form of a popsicle stick meeting.

A popsicle stick meeting is a meeting where we let our higher power determine what we need to share. Here in our virtual studio, we have a can full of popsicle sticks. Each stick has a recovery topic written on it. We will take turns, randomly picking a stick and then sharing on that topic that was chosen.

Tonight, we do popsicle sticks

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Self Care – Recovered 1187

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Addiction and substance abuse disorders are quick to take over your life and everything that’s important to you. When you’re in active addiction, drugs and alcohol become your main priority, and the importance of things like physical and mental health, work, school, and family gets drowned out by your need to not be sober.

Once you get sober, it can be incredibly easy to get caught up in the chaos of daily life, and forget that taking care of yourself is not an option, but a priority. Taking care of yourself sounds like an easy and simple task, but the reality is that most people struggle to find healthy ways to take care of themselves, whether they’re in recovery or not.

Tonight, we talk about Self Care

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Loneliness – Recovered 1186

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Alcoholism has been described as “the lonely disease,” and very few recovered alcoholics argue the point. Looking back at the last years or months of our drinking, literally hundreds of thousands* of us remember feeling isolated even when we were among a lot of happy, celebrating people. We often felt a deep sense of not belonging, even when we cheerfully acted sociable. Many of us have said we drank originally to be “a part of the crowd.” Many of us felt we had to drink to “fit in,” and to feel connected with the rest of the human race.

But when that effect of alcohol wore off, we were left feeling more set apart, more left out, more “different” than ever, and sadder.

Tonight, we talk about Loneliness

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First Things First – Recovered 1185

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Here’s an old saying that has special, strong meaning for us. Simply stated, it is this: Above all other concerns, we must remember that we cannot drink. Not drinking is the first order of business for us, anywhere, any time, under any circumstances. This is strictly a matter of survival for us. We have learned that alcoholism is a killer disease, leading to death in a large number of ways. We prefer not to activate that disease by risking a drink.

Tonight, we talk about First Things First

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