Category: 12 Step Recovery Articles

The mind and body collection

As promised, here’s a compiled list of each instance where the authors of the book Alcoholics Anonymous indicate body and mind devoid of any mention of spirit. Page 6, paragraph 2: “The mind and body are marvelous mechanisms, for mine endured this agony for…

Five Freedoms

Are you exercising all of your freedoms?  Those in the U.S. enjoy certain liberties that are ours because we, as a people,  declared our independence from our parent country over two hundred years ago.  As individuals, however, many people still suffer under the tyranny of…

7 Things to Tell Your Sponsee First

One of the challenges when working with others can be finding an ideal way to get all the expectations out onto the table from the very start.  This especially true when working with someone who is completely new to the program. Using the seven points below will…

Is Bill Wilson still relevant?

Probably one of the most common struggles of people who attempt to read and comprehend Alcoholics Anonymous is how dated Bill Wilson’s story appears. After all, Bill is a white, middle-aged, married stock-broker-turned-golf-enthusiast living in New York during the 1920’s. Many people have questioned…

Isn’t Some Fear Healthy?

When working with others one-on-one, speaking to a group, or facilitating a workshop, a common question I get is the question of whether or not fear can ever be healthy.  Admittedly, there was a time in my life when I would have answered with…

Something to Remember

Memorial Day is primarily a day when those of us in the U.S. remember the men and women who have served, fought, and died in the name of liberties we hold dear.  For me to even be able to write and publish this blog,…

What is Spiritual Fitness?

Many people in recovery have wondered what it means to be spiritually fit.  Some assume it is akin to spiritual perfection: never having any resentment, fear, or selfishness, never needing to call their sponsor or say “thy will not mine be done”, never finding any…

The Three Frogs Fallacy

Have you heard this riddle before?  Three frogs are sitting on a log and only one decides to jump.  How many frogs are left? If you’re like most people in recovery, you may have been conditioned to say this is a trick question and…

What Captain Kirk and Sherlock Holmes Can Teach us About Recovery Fellowships

When blessed to be giving a recovery talk, facilitating a recovery workshop, or even just enjoying a recovery event, a fun little experiment to try is to ask people if they know who says the following phrase:  “It’s elementary, dear Watson.” Follow that up by asking if…

What Dogs and Cats Can Teach Us About Recovery

It always seems surprising how few people have heard this.  It is an oldie but a goodie.  Feel free to share it at your next meeting.  Remember: “we aren’t a glum lot” (p. 132) So, without any further ado… A dog looks at a…