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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- 

"Are you willing to be amazed?"

Saturday - August 17, 2019


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Guide to Smashing Through an Alcohol Detox:

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Yesterdays Recovery Quotes

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

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