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We believe that addiction is the greater enemy, and no matter how you recover, or what fellowship you follow, you cannot do it alone. From a phrase in a book, a quote at a meeting, a suggestion at the coffee pot, we all need help in our daily lives.

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Recovery Quote of the Day- 

"Tragedy is a test of courage."

Saturday - September 14, 2019


How to Support a Loved One Through Addiction Recovery

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Guide to Smashing Through an Alcohol Detox:

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Yesterdays Recovery Quotes

  1. Expect nothing and you will enjoy everything.
  2. Are you willing to be amazed?
  3. Sobriety is a constant process of uncovering, discovering, and discarding.
  4. The only way I ever found to displace a thought was to put another thought in its stead.
  5. I do not stand by in the presence of evil!
  6. It's not to good to be ture, it's just more than i'm used to.
  7. If your not failing at something then your not trying hard enough!
  8. We would rather be ruined than change!
  9. I live simply so that others may simply live.
  10. The human species is a parade of fools and I am often at the head of it.
  11. I try to learn from my critics, often they are my best teachers
  12. God will not have his work made manifest by cowards. - Ralph Waldo Emerson
  13. When you deny your vulnerability you become less attractive.
  14. I ask God for one good humiliation a day and then notice how i react to it... 
  15. I am thankful to God for all that I have, and for all that I don't have.
  16. Sometimes I wonder if this illness isn't a gift rather than a problem.
  17. Life is travel -- enjoy the journey, bumpy roads and all.
  18. We are called to unity, not uniformity.
  19. If it were not for the 'we' of 12 step programs, there would be no 'I.
  20. The only way to get on your feet is to get off your butt.
  21. A real leader always speaks the truth, even to their own detriment
  22. I know what will happen if I drink,...I don't know what will happen if I don't
  23. It feels good to be trusted.
  24. It's a waste of time to take God's inventory.
  25. What we practice is what we become
  26. What matters is what works, not my opinion of what works
  27. Nothing improves if I drink
  28. Only the sharing of despair can bring us ... illumination.
  29. What we will be tomorrow is determined by what we think today.
  30. My life was more than unmanageable, it was illegal.
  31. Serenity is not the absence of conflict, but the ability to cope with it.
  32. I hate humans, but i am a really big social person
  33. If faith without works is dead, willingness without action is fantasy.
  34. My desire to drink became a desire not to.
  35. Coincidences are merely a manner in which God protects his anonymity.
  36. Success and failure share a common denominator,...both are tempoarary.
  37. Experience is what you get when you don't get what you want
  38. What I feel is not a fact, but it is a fact that I feel
  39. I do not have a drinking problem any more, but I do have a living problem
  40. Do not take your spiritual temperature with an emotional thermometer.
  41. To be teachable, i had to be reachable
  42. Times change, addiction doesn't
  43. God will change you without your permission
  44. I didn't have to get high and die
  45. Know God, Know Peace,....No God, No Peace!
  46. I learned that if I had the capacity to be honest, I would get better.
  47. Trust in a Higher Power, Clean House, Help Others
  48. Recovery is the first thing in my life that has really worked
  49. You lie to yourself long before you lie to anyone else.
  50. Now that my spiritual eyes have begun to open, the world is much fuller.
  51. Change is scary, even if it promises a better life
  52. Teamwork makes the Dream Work!
  53. Addiction put me on an endless dead end road
  54. Happiness is not perfected until it is shared
  55. God, please get in my head today before i do
  56. I'm not where i wanna be, but i'm not where I used to be!
  57. Everything you want is on the other side of FEAR
  58. I know how they felt because I felt that way about myself
  59. My thinking couldn't fix my thinking
  60. I need to act like i have done some steps...
  61. When the horse is dead, get off!!
  62. I don't have to take your inventory, you will show it to me anyway!!
  63. It's not our enemies that defeat us, it is our fear.
  64. Yesterday is History, and tomorrow is a Mystery
  65. Joy comes from living the way my conscience tells me to live
  66. Love yourself the same way you want someone else to love you
  67. Screw the baby steps, jump in and stay in!
  68. It's the routine that's killing you!
  69. Fantasy was my first addiction
  70. There is a crack in everything, that's where the light gets in.
  71. The best way out is always through - Robert Frost
  72. I cannot wait around for someone else to decide my life for me.
  73. The only thing keeping you from being happy is the belief that you are alone.
  74. I don't have enough information to know if it's good or bad for me!
  75. We'll ALL be OK because we already are!
  76. Am I in the cycle of Recovery, or the cycle of ADDICTION??
  77. Once you know better, you are RESPONSIBLE to do better
  78. Control is impossible the moment it is suggested!
  79. My story is SUFFICIENT
  80. God allowed this to happen ON purpose, but it was FOR a purpose!
  81. Nobody has to understand what I understand, it's not up for debate
  82. Between now and DEAD, I AM the architect
  83. You didn't Cause it, you cannot Control it, and you can't Cure it!
  84. Anything is possible until your heart stops beating
  85. Jealousy is not a sign of Love, it is a sign of insecurity
  86. We prove ours fears true all the time, Dr. Laura
  87. There are only 2 ways out of pain, make a decision, take an action
  88. Let it hurt, then let it go
  89. We can never re-capture the rapture, but we can regain the pain
  90. If we fail to 'repair', we can only impair
  91. My life goal is not to be happy, it is to be useful
  92. Your bottom is when you decide to stop digging
  93. When we see our uniqueness as a virtue, only then do we find peace
  94. Everybody needs a witness to their life
  95. The secret of life is enjoying the passage of time - James Taylor
  96. We suffer more often in imagination than in reality - Seneca
  97. Easy Choices, Hard Life - Hard Choices, Easy Life
  98. People like you when you are interested in them
  99. Forgiveness cannot change the past, but it can change the future
  100. I cannot control the wind, but i can adjust my sails
  101. Suffering is in the resistence to what is
  102. Do what you need to do, not what you want to do - Ida Keeling 100 years old
  103. A man grows with the greatness of his task
  104. If you don't share your history, your recovery will be a mystery
  105. Be the change you want to see in the world - Ghandi
  106. The past is an enormous place with all sorts of things inside
  107. I was treating my friends like the clean up crew
  108. If i do something perfectly, it was by mistake
  109. It's human nature to run from pain
  110. Happiness is a moment, not a state of being
  111. God will put in my path what i need, not what i think i want
  112. Self Esteem comes from impressing yourself
  113. I give up, i want to be available for tomorrow
  114. Alcoholics and addicts either fix themselves, or they don't get fixed
  115. God never misses a meeting
  116. Those that have been hurt the most often have the greatest ability to heal
  117. I had to remember to make amends to myself during my 9th step
  118. Train yourself to let go everything you fear to lose - Yoda
  119. I constantly live in fear of the wreckage of my future
  120. We are all broken,...that's how the light gets in
  121. Relapse is part of addiction, it is not a part of recovery
  122. Some of the best gifts come in the worst wrapping paper
  123. Anything you put before recovery you will lose
  124. I'm not everybody's cup of tea, that's why they make coffee
  125. A grateful addict will not use
  126. Existence can be beutiful or ugly, but that's on you
  127. Life is easier when your numb
  128. I'm very proud of my humility
  129. A man wishing to be unhappy will find many ways to prove his course
  130. You matter because you are you, you matter to the last moment of your life
  131. Dedicate your life to the thing you Love more than yourself
  132. Dear Lord let me laugh today, but don't let me forget how I cried
  133. I stopped making my life recovery, and started making recovery my life
  134. I bring the message to the prison, so that i don't have to go to prison.
  135. You have to get through the mess to get to the message
  136. Turn the stumbling block in to a stepping stone - Bruce Lee
  137. The more I learn the more I need to learn
  138. I live my life in constant fear of an uncertain future
  139. I need to stop putting a question mark where God has put a period
  140. I am a man of deep abiding faith that comes and goes
  141. Admit,...Accept,...Surrender,...Admit,...Accept,...Surrender,...
  142. My Will are my thoughts, My Actions are my life.
  143. When we Love, we will see in others what we want to see in ourselves
  144. Life is the shit that happens while your waiting for moments that never come
  145. Patience is slowing down to someone else's speed
  146. You have to meet people where they are, not where you want them to be
  147. When I feel "OK" with myself I tend not to want to take a drink
  148. We do not lead others in to the light by stepping in to the darkness with them
  149. Just because were here doesn't mean were all there
  150. My fellowship may or may not get me to Heaven, but it sure got me out of hell
  151. There is no comfort in the growth zone, and no growth in the comfort zone
  152. Do the right thing, it will gratify some people, and astonish the rest
  153. Get the facts first, then you can distort them if you please
  154. You can't move forward if your still hanging on
  155. We don't give advice, we give suggestions based on experience
  156. Forget 'Keep coming back', and just stay with us
  157. Just because your having a bad day doesn't mean your having a bad life
  158. Don't count the days, make the days count
  159. The bottom started falling out faster than I could lower my standards
  160. Always do your best, what you plant now, you will harvest later - Og Mandino
  161. Life is really simple, but we isist on making it complicated - Confucius
  162. Make a habit of two things, to help, or at least do no harm - Hippocrates
  163. Start where you are, use what you have, do what you can - Arthur Ashe
  164. My life is full of disasters, most of which didn't happen
  165. Hope is a talent like any other - Storm Jameson
  166. Hell is other people - Jean-Paul Sartre
  167. When the student is ready, the teacher will appear
  168. My head is a bad neighborhood to be by myself in
  169. Growing old is natural, growing up is spiritual
  170. You can't stay sober today on yesterday's sobriety
  171. The moment I take control is when I lose control
  172. It's OK to look back at your life, just don't STARE at it.
  173. God helps those who help themselves, do nothing, and nothing will happen
  174. When you speak, talk to the newcomer, don't try to impress the old timer
  175. I went to a party when I was 15 and didn't go home until I was 50
  176. I work 5 days a week, mostly on Saturdays
  177. If you judge the messenger, you won't listen to the message
  178. You don't have to live in the past, just remember the past
  179. When do people start to live?.... When they face death...
  180. I didn't get here because I saw the light, i got here because I felt the heat
  181. Fear knocked at the door, faith answered, and no one was there
  182. Seven days without a meeting makes one weak
  183. I didn't think much of myself in the past, but I thought about myself all the time
  184. Would you like to be right, or happy
  185. If you are on the wrong road God allows U-Turns
  186. The important things are not things
  187. The only normal people are the ones you don't know very well
  188. Anger is only a symptom of what is really going on
  189. What everyone thinks of me is none of my business
  190. Every new day is another chance to change your life
  191. I'm recovering, that's my little fact
  192. Don't believe everything you think
  193. Turn your face to the sun and the shadows will fall behind you
  194. Rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life
  195. Stay strong, recovery is possible
  196. Faith is taking the first step, even when you don't see the whole staircase
  197. To put everything in balance is good, to put everything in harmony is better
  198. The past is seldom as we would have it
  199. Honor the path of others
  200. Expectations are the first step of a resentment
  201. The secret to success is found in your daily routine - John Maxwell
  202. I was running from myself, the problem was I was taking myself with me
  203. Everyone needs a higher power, because people will let you down
  204. Addiction is the only prison where the locks are on the inside
  205. Recovery takes time, and time takes time
  206. I wasn't a bad person doing bad things, I was a sick person doing sick things
  207. Addiction is bound up in the creative mind
  208. Don't drink and go to meetings
  209. If you don't drink, you won't get drunk
  210. Faith, it does not make things easy, it makes them possible
  211. I rarely have a conversation with myself that I disagree with
  212. One day at a time
  213. Let go or be dragged
  214. Fall down seven times, stand up eight
  215. You are not what you've done, you are what you have overcome
  216. The only difference between a good day and a bad day is your attitude
  217. Keep it simple
  218. Easy does it
  219. Tough times don't last, tough people do
  220. Self Love
  221. I'm not telling you it's going to be easy, i'm telling you it's going to be worth it
  222. Leave scales to the fish
  223. Sometimes I just gotta let it go and say to hell with it and move on
  224. Become who you are
  225. You are beautiful
  226. Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny
  227. Don't let the fear of relapsing keep you from recovery
  228. Never stop fighting
  229. Real recovery is a complete lifestyle change
  230. Breathe in joy and strength, breathe out wisdom and peace
  231. I'm gonna make the rest of my life, the best of my life
  232. Dear God, I know i'm not perfect, but thanks for loving me anyway
  233. I am in repair, i'm not together, but i'm getting there
  234. Recovery is the bridge between who you were and who you are
  235. And what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us
  236. If you only walk on sunny days, you will never reach your destination
  237. Sometimes you have to be your own hero
  238. Keep calm and carry the message
  239. The past can hurt, but you can either run from it, or, learn from it
  240. I knew nothing about nothing, and thought I knew everything about everything
  241. Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly
  242. Integrity is doing the right thing when no one is watching
  243. Walking in the sunlight of the spirit
  244. I never came out of blackout happy, joyous and free
  245. When my butt is on a barstool I know everything about everything
  246. No matter what - you don't have to pick up.
  247. Until the pain gets strong enough, there will be no change
  248. It came to pass; it didn't come to stay
  249. May your lost dreams of yesterday become the reality of your tomorrow
  250. Hit your knees,.....not the bottle
  251. I can't fix anyone but me, and that's a full time job
  252. Recovery is an inside job
  253. Just for today
  254. Think Think Think
  255. First things first
  256. How important is it
  257. Keep an open mind
  258. Live and let live
  259. Have an attitude of gratitude
  260. Mind your own business
  261. Progress not perfection
  262. Change the things I can
  263. Drunk says - Look Mom, i'm 19 years sober. Mom says - so is the cat.
  264. Wonderful things happen one day at a time
  265. Listen and learn
  266. Let go and let God
  267. This too shall pass
  268. Great expectations can lead to great disappointments
  269. If it is to be, it is up to me
  270. If you think handling everything is too much, try letting go
  271. Fear is a darkroom where negatives are developed
  272. Take what you like and leave the rest
  273. Measure yourself by your best moments not your worst
  274. Remember yesterday, dream of tomorrow, but live for today
  275. The longest journey starts with the first step
  276. Recovery is a process, not an event-it takes time
  277. You must be present to win
  278. Each new day offers a new opportunity
  279. One hour at a time,..one day at a time,..one step at a time
  280. It's alcohol-ISM, not alcohol-WASM
  281. A.A. also stands for,...Attitude Adjustment
  282. I can only carry the message, I can"t carry the drunk
  283. Happiness is not getting what you want, it is wanting what you get
  284. It's never to late to be what you might have been
  285. There ain't no big deals
  286. If you do what you always did, you will get what you always got
  287. If you keep doin' what your doin', you'll keep gettin' what your gettin'
  288. Looking for God is like a fish looking for water
  289. Listen to the message,..not the messenger
  290. Feel, Deal and the Heal,..(Feel it, Deal with it and then Heal from it)
  291. Hope is knowing the good in us will overcome the bad
  292. Happy, Joyous & Free
  293. God speaks to us all a little differently, hoping we'll tell each other
  294. Even if I'm on the right track, if I don't move I'll get run over
  295. Don't give up five minutes before the miracle
  296. Do not be discouraged
  297. Don't take everything personally
  298. When you feel left out, reach out
  299. Have patience with all things, but first with yourself
  300. Serenity comes when I stop expecting and start accepting
  301. Today is the tomorrow that I worried about yesterday
  302. Glance at the past, but don't stare at it
  303. Wherever you go- there you are
  304. To live or just exist- the choice is yours
  305. Focus on the program-not the problem
  306. One needn't make a crisis out of an incident
  307. When you're flat on your back, there's no way to look but up
  308. As you go through life, make this your goal- watch the donut not the hole
  309. No is a complete sentence
  310. It's hard to be hateful when you're being grateful
  311. Ulcers are what you get from mountain climbing on mole hills
  312. If you find yourself in a rut, stop digging
  313. The way to get anywhere is to start from where you are
  314. If you want serenity, put your Higher Power between you & your problem
  315. Expectations are premeditated resentments
  316. The main thing, is to keep the main thing, the main thing
  317. I may not be there yet, but i'm closer than I was yesterday
  318. A ship is safe in harbor, but that's not what ship's are for
  319. If your going through hell, keep going - Winston Churchill
  320. The fool didn't know it wasn't possible, so he did it
  321. The only failure is inaction, the rest is trial and error
  322. No one is to busy in this world, it's all about priorities
  323. No one can hurt you without your permission
  324. You never know the truth, you know a truth
  325. Be yourself, everyone else is already taken - Oscar Wilde
  326. Whether you think you can or can't, either way you're right - Henry Ford
  327. If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything - Mark Twain
  328. Be the person your dog thinks you are - JW Stephens
  329. I know for sure, what we dwell on is who we become - Oprah Winfrey
  330. Death ends a life, not a relationship - Mitch Albom
  331. Better to get hurt by the truth, than comforted with a lie - Khaled Hosseini
  332. Do I not destory my enemies by making them my friends - Abraham Lincoln
  333. Luck is the residue of design - John Milton

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