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7 Tips for Thriving in AA Meetings When You’re an Introvert or Very Shy

When you attend an AA meeting, do you slip out the back as soon as it's over?  Do you arrive just as the meeting starts to avoid small talk? I've been there and done that.  While any meeting is better than no meeting, when I arrived late and … [Read More...]

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How Yoga Helped Me to Stay Sober

Yoga is popular.  It's never been so popular in North America. I doubt I would have discovered yoga had it not become so popular so I'm grateful that it's been growing like crazy over the last 10 to 15 years. Yet, despite it's popularity, many … [Read More...]

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6 Fears that Helped Get Me to Quit Drinking

Why did I quit drinking? There's no denying that I loved drinking.  It was a way of life for me.  However, toward the end of my relatively short drinking career, the writing was on the wall.  I was headed for jail, serious health problems, … [Read More...]

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Can I Have Fun if I Quit Drinking Alcohol?

When I was drinking, all of my leisure time was dedicated to drinking.  Everything I did was to make it possible to drink.  Do any of the following ring a bell? I worked to earn money to drink. I limited my working hours as much as possible … [Read More...]

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9 Tips for Getting the Courage to Attend Your First AA Meeting

For many people having hit rock-bottom who start considering going AA, the thought of going to a public place sober where there's a group is terrifyingly daunting.  I know, I was there. Concerns include: Will anyone know me?  If so, what do … [Read More...]

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Worried About Your Health? Get Your Medical Questions Answered by a Person with a Masters in Health Communication

I've sat in enough AA meetings to know that many people who quit drinking have health concerns.  After all, heavy drinking takes a toll on the human body.  Moreover, usually heavy drinkers don't eat very well, don't work out and basically live … [Read More...]

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Am I Always Going to Worry About Something No Matter How Good Life Gets?

Do you ever say to yourself "when X happens, I'll be sitting pretty" or "if only Y would happen, I'll be happy."  Then X or Y happens and you're still not content.  In fact, you're now worrying about something else. Take rich people as an … [Read More...]

What's In Your Way?

When Can You Start Doing the 12 Steps After Joining AA?

The first time I got sober, I stalled, delayed and procrastinated doing the steps.  For some bizarre reason, I didn't think I was ready to do the steps.  In my twisted mind I thought I needed to "figure things out" first. The end result is I … [Read More...]

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6 Tips for Staying Sober While Traveling

After I got sober, I landed a traveling photography job.  It was fantastic, but I was on the road for 9 months a year. In the off-season, I went on a 3 month road trip.  It was an amazing experience.  It probably wasn't the smartest thing to do … [Read More...]

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Do I Have to Do the 12 Steps of AA More than Once?

I can't count how many AA meetings I've attended where the issue of whether one need only do the 12 steps once or whether they should be done over and over such as once a year. I have a fairly strong opinion on the subject, and please keep in mind … [Read More...]

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Perfectionism and Alcoholism – A Deadly Mix – What Can You Do About It?

I'm a recovering alcoholic and recovering perfectionist. I can recount many instances of where perfectionism dominated my life during my formative years.  It's also impacted me during early recovery.  In fact, in early recovery, perfectionism … [Read More...]

Woman saying no to alcohol

Do You Need to Avoid Drinking Situations In Order to Stay Sober?

I never wanted tenuous sobriety that was dependent on me avoiding all situations, places and persons where drinking was involved.  After all, if I can't stay sober around some people having a glass of wine, my sobriety sucks.  Moreover, my sobriety … [Read More...]