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Recovery Quote of the Day- 

"Forgiveness has healed my soul"

Tuesday - February 4, 2020

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How to Support a Loved One Through Addiction Recovery

Watching a loved one struggle through the rehabilitation process can be a difficult thing. You may feel at a loss, unsure as to how you can help. Fortunately, you don’t need to be a trained professional to support a person through the  more...

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Guide to Smashing Through an Alcohol Detox:

This guide outlines the basic steps involved in an alcohol detox.

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Yesterdays Recovery Quotes

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

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