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Is a Personal Inventory Part of Your Recovery Program?

Doing a personal inventory is an important part of maintaining your sobriety and recovery. In fact, Step 10 suggests you do it regularly. But just how do you do it?

In The Recovery Book (page 362),  Dr. Al suggests asking yourself a number of specific questions, all sorted into our familiar Recovery Zone System categories. 

Read through the questions below, or download a printer-friendly version with space for writing. 

Recovery Activities

  • Did I have a plan for the day, and did I follow it?
  • With whom did I spend most of my time?
  • Where did I spend my time?
  • Did anything threaten my sobriety recently? What?
  • What specific work did I do on my recovery program (attending meetings, doing meditations, reading fellowship materials, or listening to recordings, etc.)?

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Going to a Party? 7 Tips for Staying Sober

Going to a party tonight? Here are seven quick tips that can help you to stay sober.

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Sober for the Holidays (and beyond) ~ Part 2

(See Part 1 of our sober holidays tips.)  For people in recovery, the holidays can be tough. Seeing family, visiting old friends, having unfulfilled expectations, maybe missing a loved one you lost this year -- it can all lead to tension and sadness, as well as thoughts of using. Continue Reading →

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What is Addiction? What is Alcoholism?

Addiction is a disease of the brain. It is not due to a moral failure or a lack of willpower. It doesn’t happen because someone is a “bad” person. It is a chronic disease, just like diabetes or high blood pressure.

The first time a person takes drugs it is by choice. But over time, with continued use, the drugs “hijack” the reward system in the brain, as well as causing other changes. These  changes affect a person’s ability to make good choices and control their behavior.

In time, they are addicted: they have strong cravings for drugs and compulsively seek out more, even when they know there could be devastating consequences, such as going to jail or dying.

The picture is similar with “alcohol use disorders.” In the early days, alcohol use is optional. But over time, it becomes more important, there are strong cravings for a drink, and it is difficult to stop drinking once started. As with drugs, alcohol becomes all-important, pushing aside and doing great harm to other parts of life, such as relationships, work, school, and health.

Are You An Addict or Alcoholic?

There is no blood test to diagnose addiction. A doctor won’t necessarily pick up on it, though he may notice some tell-tale signs, like liver damage. Family and friends might have noticed problems, but addicts typically brush off their concerns (often for years). The only way to know if you need help is to take an honest look at your life. If you answer yes to two or three of the questions below, you might have a problem. If you have even more yes answers, seek help now. Continue Reading →

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