Emotional Sobriety

What is an Inner Voice?

When people talk about an inner voice in the context of spirituality, they are normally referring to an inner intuitive sense of direction in their life. This sense of there being an inner world, and […]

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Acceptance and Surrender

It has become almost something of a cliche in society nowadays to use the adage that you cannot cope with a problem unless you first admit it. Not that this is a new or a […]

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The Need to Question Gratitude

Quite often in an AA meeting or similar, you will hear someone announce themselves as my name is so-and-so and I’m grateful alcoholic/ addict, or I’m a grateful recovering alcoholic/addict. Equally, you are quite likely […]

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The Myth of Tough Love

Tough love is one of those expressions that has crept into the vocabulary of mental health and 12 step recovery in recent years. It sort of implies that an action or directive is being given […]

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Emotional Sobriety

Why People Struggle with Being Vulnerable

People quite often like to categorise emotions as being good or bad, with emotions such as anger and self-pity been thought of as bad or weak. Emotions such as gratitude and a positive outlook are […]

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What is Emotional Sobriety ?

Everyone’s journey from active alcoholism into sobriety is both unique and complex. One thing that is fairly common however, is that when people do sober up, they have to start living with themselves without alcohol.

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What Does Rigorous Honesty Really Mean ?

The term rigorous honesty is used a lot in Alcoholics Anonymous, and in the 12 step recovery world generally. Its original intent was to make clear the need for people to really own and take […]

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Emotional Sobriety

Why is Meditation So Difficult ?

There is a paradox about meditation, in that most types of meditation of themselves are fairly simple to do, but many people find meditation as a practice, or a process, fairly difficult. Sometimes people put […]

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Willing To Go To Any Lengths……

Anyone familiar with this phrase will recognise it from the early part of chapter five of the book Alcoholics Anonymous, which sets out the 12 step program which is at the cornerstone of AA’s recovery […]

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Emotional Sobriety

Why Secrets Are So Dangerous

There are a number of slogans and sayings that get chucked around in health circles, which some people find really helpful, and other people find both helpful and irritating, depending upon their mood. One of […]

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Emotional Sobriety

What is Manipulative Behaviour ?

There are in fact two questions really, what is manipulative behaviour and why is it so damaging. Manipulation is often thought of as being something that most people do in  varying degrees in order to […]

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How Do You Let Go of The Need to Control …..

The need to feel that you are in control of other people, and their actions, can be one of the most debilitating and draining processes in your life. Often people have no conscious since that […]

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What is the Alcoholics Anonymous 12 and 12

The phrase the 12 and 12 is often used in AA meetings, and refers to a book written and published by one of the co-founders, Bill Wilson, entitled the 12 steps and the 12 traditions. […]

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What are Alcoholics Anonymous chips

The chips that are referred to in Alcoholics Anonymous meetings are in fact coin sized medallions that some people like to have as a time marker of their sobriety. People in alcoholics anonymous are often […]

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Alcoholics Anonymous Sayings

People in recovery tend to talk a lot – at meetings, on the phone, on zoom and face to face. Sometimes this can all be a bit irritating, but most of the time the things […]

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Are there any Alcoholics Anonymous Audio Books?

Audio recordings and audio books of Alcoholics Anonymous conventions, speaker talks and AA literature have been around for a considerable time, and have grown significantly in the age of the internet. There are numerous ways […]

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What are the AA promises?

The AA promises are a set of statements that come towards the end of chapter six in the book Alcoholics Anonymous, after the narrative detailing the process involved in step nine of the recovery program. […]

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What is the Alcoholics Anonymous symbol?

The symbol that is most commonly associated with Alcoholics Anonymous is that of a triangle located within a circle. Like many things within AA , it has been borrowed from other sources, most commonly associated […]

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Alcoholics Anonymous Hotline

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) has always realised the importance of people being able to contact them quickly, and gain quick and reliable information about the time and place of meetings, as well as more general information. […]

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What is the Alcoholics Anonymous Prayer?

Prayer and the nature of prayer and meditation have always been at the heart of the AA 12-step program, both in a formal and informal sense. Whilst there are many interpretations of what terms prayer […]