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“Every recovery, though it may go unnoticed, improves the world in some way.”

Sunday - May 2, 2021

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

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