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My Recovery:  53 Months Clean

When I started this blog in October of 2016, after a 5 month stay in jail, I had no inkling of where my sobriety would take me. Fast forward to My Recovery: 53 months, still clean and sober! See one of my earliest posts about self-condemnation, just 15 days into my treatment at the VA.

My Recovery 53 Months Clean

From October of 2016, until November of 2017, I learned about recovery through multiple VA treatment programs for Veterans. The principles I learned helped keep me strong, when I finally went back on my own. I even developed an acronym for the 5 pillars of my recovery.

The 5 Pillars of My Recovery

The acronym, S.N.A.G.M., stands for SPIRITUALITY, living in the NOW, ACCEPTANCE, GRATITUDE, and MINDFULNESS. I actually dedicated a blog page about S.N.A.G.M. here!

These 5 principles, along with the lessons I learned in therapy, courses like Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Cognitive Behavior Therapy, have served me well in my recovery journey; I have not relapsed once since I was basically forced into sobriety by jail, on May 12, 2016.

A.A. Today: Effectiveness

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AA Today are daily readings from the book “Twenty-Four Hours A Day.”

“Twenty-Four Hours A Day is intended for members of Alcoholics Anonymous as a help in their program of living one day at a time.  It is designed for those who want to start each day with a few minutes of thought, meditation, and prayer.”

October 1, 2020

A.A. will lose some of its effectiveness if I do not do my share.  Where am I failing?  Are there some things I do not feel like doing?  Am I held back by self-consciousness or fear?  Self-consciousness is a form of pride.  It is a fear that something may happen to you.  What happens to you is not very important.  The impression you make on others does not depend so much on the kind of a job you do as on your sincerity and honesty of purpose.  Am I holding back because I am afraid of not making a good impression?

Meditation for the Day

Look to God for the true power that will make you effective.  See no other wholly dependable supply of strength.  That is the secret of a truly effective life.  And you, in your turn, will be used to help many others find effectiveness.  Whatever spiritual help you need, whatever spiritual help you desire for others, look to God.  Seek that God’s will be done in your life and seek that your will conforms to His.  Failures come from depending too much on your own strength.

Prayer for the Day

I pray that I may feel that nothing good is too much for me if I look to God for help.  I pray that I may be effective through His guidance.

My Recovery:  52 Months Clean

 

When I started this blog in October of 2016, after a 5 month stay in jail, I had no inkling of where my sobriety would take me. Fast forward 52 months, and here I am, still clean and sober! This blog, up until now, chronicled my experiences in brutal and raw honesty.

From October of 2016, until November of 2017, I learned about recovery through multiple VA treatment programs for Veterans. The principles I learned helped keep me strong, when I finally went back on my own. I even developed an acronym for the 5 pillars of my recovery.

The acronym, S.N.A.G.M., stands for SPIRITUALITY, living in the NOW, ACCEPTANCE, GRATITUDE, and MINDFULNESS. These 5 principles, along with the lessons I learned in therapy, courses like Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Cognitive Behavior Therapy, have served me well in my recovery journey; I have not relapsed once since I was basically forced into sobriety by jail, on May 12, 2016.

Now, I want to take you dear readers on a different journey with me: in addition to the 5 principles that have kept me recovered, I have another 25 principles that I think are essential to living life wisely. In the coming months, I plan to draft an outline of a book I wish to write, tentatively titled Principles of Purpose: A Guide to Living Life Wisely. You will see the menu, and its subsequent posts, by clicking on Principles of Purpose.

Drawing from instances of my own life, I want to share these 30 principles with you. In essence, I first want to get you up to speed with the remarkable events of my life, since April of 2017-when I essentially stopped blogging-and then go back through my life, sharing with you how these principles could have-or did have-an effect on my life.

Much of my life has been shrouded in trauma, alcohol abuse, mental health issues, and self-destructive and poorly designed patterns of behavior. I intend on being brutally raw and truthful about, not only my life, but also about the decisions that shaped it.

I hope that you will join me in this new journey. I think the principles I am going to share are largely going to be obvious to most of you. But I also think that I will be able to illustrate, sometimes in dramatic fashion, how the application of these principles can prove exceptionally difficult, especially if childhood was particularly horrible.

In the telling of my journey, I hope that I am able to impart to you, some of the wisdom I have gained in my 56 years. I hope that I am able to help you avoid mistakes I have made, learn how to improve the quality of your life, gain perspective on how to overcome traumas through self_care, and come away from the experience a little better off than when you started.

Until then…

A.A. Today: Give It Away

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AA Today are daily readings from the book “Twenty-Four Hours A Day.”

“Twenty-Four Hours A Day is intended for members of Alcoholics Anonymous as a help in their program of living one day at a time.  It is designed for those who want to start each day with a few minutes of thought, meditation, and prayer.”

September 4, 2020

When I find myself thinking about taking a drink, I say to myself: “Don’t reach out and take that problem back. You’ve given it to God and there’s nothing you can do about it.” So I forget about the drink. One of the most important parts of the A.A. program is to give our drink problem to God honestly and fully and never to reach out and take the problem back to ourselves. If we let God have it and keep it for good and then cooperate with Him, we’ll stay sober. Have I determined not to take the drink problem back to myself?

Meditation for the Day

Constant effort is necessary if I am to grow spiritually and develop my spiritual life. I must keep the spiritual rules persistently, perseveringly, lovingly, patiently, and hopefully. By keeping them, every mountain of difficulty shall be laid low, the rough places of poverty of spirit shall be made smooth, and all who know me shall know that God is the Lord of all my ways. To get close to the spirit of God is to find life and healing and strength.

Prayer for the Day

I pray that God’s spirit may be everything to my soul. I pray that God’s spirit may grow within me.

A.A. Today: Honestly and Fully

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AA Today are daily readings from the book “Twenty-Four Hours A Day.”

“Twenty-Four Hours A Day is intended for members of Alcoholics Anonymous as a help in their program of living one day at a time.

It is designed for those who want to start each day with a few minutes of thought, meditation, and prayer.”

February 28, 2017

We should be free from alcohol for good.  It’s out of our hands and in the hands of God, so we don’t need to worry about it or even think about it any more.  But if we haven’t done this honestly and fully, the chances are that it will become our problem again.

Since we don’t trust God to take care of the problem for us, we reach out and take the problem back to ourselves.  Then it’s our problem again and we’re in the same old mess we were in before.  We’re helpless again and we drink.  Do I trust God to take care of the problem for me?

Meditation for the Day

No work is of value without preparation.  Every spiritual work must have behind it much spiritual preparation.  Cut short times of prayer and times of spiritual preparation and many hours of work may be profitless.  From the point of view of God, one poor tool working all the time, but doing bad work because of lack of preparation, is  of small value compared with the sharp, keen, perfect instrument working for only a short time, but that turns out perfect work because of long hours of spiritual preparation.

Prayer for the Day

I pray that I may spend more time alone with God.  I pray that I may get more strength and joy from such times, so that they will add much to my work.

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