Author: Laurie

This Too Shall Pass

This Too Shall Pass

Alcoholics Anonymous(AA) has many wonderful slogans and “This Too Shall Pass” is one of my favorites. So often when life is throwing things at us we think it will never end. It is hard to remember when life was easier.

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Footprints

One night I dreamed that I was walking along the beach with the Lord. Many scenes from my life flashed across the sky. In each scene I noticed footprints in the sand. Sometimes there were two sets of footprints and

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Making Good Decisions

Active addicts and alcoholics have trouble making good decisions. They rarely have a clear head even if in certain moments they are sober. The difficult part is that decisions we make seem good at the time. It is only in

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Happy Father’s Day!

Happy Father’s Day to all my readers who are dads. Sadly, my father is no longer alive. It started me thinking about reasons to drink. Alcoholics and addicts never learned how to do certain emotions. We run from sadness and

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“Relieve Me of the Bondage of Self”

“Relieve me of the bondage of self” is a sentence from Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) third step prayer. Many of us are in bondage to ourselves whether we are alcoholics or not. The world revolves around what we want and what

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Mental Illness and Addiction

Mental Illness and addiction are often present at the same time making either diagnosis difficult. Mental illness can masquerade as addiction and visa versa. In order to make an accurate diagnosis addiction must be addressed first. In the case of

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Sick Of Addiction

At times I find myself sick of addiction. I am sick of my own addiction and sick of the people in my life who have addiction problems. I wonder why I ever pursued a college education to help other addicts

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The Family of Alcoholics

The family of alcoholics is not something I usually talk about as my sympathies always lie with the alcoholic or addict. Part of staying sober is understanding the people we have hurt and attempt to right those wrongs. I have

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How Do I Get Self Esteem?

How do I get self esteem and how important is it for sobriety? All my life I have felt that I wasn’t good enough for anyone or anything. It may have started when I was very young and our neighbor

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More on the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous

I thought I would do more on the twelve steps of Alcoholics Anonymous(AA) as there appears to be some interest in it on my site. My experience has been that people who really want to be sober understand that there

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