Step 3 asks us to make “a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.” Ok, so if you’ve done the act of turning a problem over in your thoughts… Read More »How to Know if You Turned a Problem Over to God
Sayings and Definitions
HALT is a saying that asks you to take stock of how you’re feeling. It’s preparation before you engage in any stressful event. It touches on the dangerous feelings that can make us vulnerable to emotional distress or the temptation to… Read More »HALT: Hungry, Angry, Lonely, Tired
The initial reaction when someone tells us to “take it one day at a time” It’s easy to think we should live 100% in the moment when we hear “take it one day at a time.” We learn that this… Read More »Does “one day at a time” mean we can’t plan for the future?
You may have heard the expression “White Knuckling.” But what does it mean? In most contexts, you’ve heard it said with a bad connotation, as though the white knuckler isn’t doing something right. We’ll look at what it means. Boiled… Read More »What is White-Knuckling Sobriety?
You might have heard it said in a meeting, “my disease is doing pushups in the parking lot.” The intent is that their alcoholism is getting stronger even while they’re sober. It’s scary to imagine some muscular version of your… Read More »Is Your Disease Really Doing Pushups in the Parking Lot?
There’s a common expression: “AA is for people who want it, not for people who need it.” That’s missing a vital ingredient: The people who take action get sober. It has been heartbreaking to see so many successful, wealthy, and… Read More »AA is for People who Do It, Not People who Need It
The “bottom” is a saying for when the consequences of drinking or using cause you to seek help. It is different for everyone in severity. The bottom could be a missed appointment for one person, while it could mean the… Read More »What is a “Bottom”: The Point When you Realize You Have a Problem
Step 1. We admitted we were powerless over alcohol — that our lives had become unmanageable. Without the first step, we have no reason to pursue recovery. We have to admit to ourselves that we have a problem. The foundation… Read More »What the first step means and how to apply it
Twelve stepping a problem is just as it sounds: Applying the 12 steps to solve an obstacle. It’s the application of a single step or multiple steps to a problem. Of course, this implies you’ve worked the steps or are… Read More »What Does It Mean to “Twelve Step” a problem?
Newly sober folks see what they’ve been missing for many years. They resume healthy, restorative sleep. They rebuild broken relationships. They start building savings in a checking account that otherwise stays in the red. The pleasure from these benefits is… Read More »What Does “Pink Cloud” Mean: How to Recognize It and Avoid Danger