Courage in Recovery - Recovered 1006
Release Date: 06/12/2019
We have taken the very difficult moral inventory and admitted to our wrongdoings to ourselves, our higher power and to another human being. It’s now time to remove those wrongdoings from our everyday lives and we need help to ensure that we completely remove our shortcomings and don’t continue to fall victim to any of addiction’s ill effects.info_outline Step 6 - Recovered 1109
The sixth step can bring about significant and very noticeable change when it comes to the thought patterns and behavior that have been with us for a long time. It doesn’t happen overnight obviously, and there is nothing like perfection when working the twelve steps of AA. It’s about making a commitment and being content with patient improvement.info_outline Step 5 - Recovered 1107
Step Four has prepared you for step five, and by finding the courage to overcome that fear of rejection or the shame of your inventory, you experience honesty on a deeper level than in your first step of admission, and you break the pattern of denial that often plagues those suffering with alcoholism.info_outline Step 4 - Recovered 1105
While working on our step inventories we get a new perspective on the bigger picture, on patterns, selfishness, our responsibility in situations and in this process we are building up an accurate self-appraisal with true self-worth as the reward.info_outline Step 3 - Recovered 1103
When working on step three we take a look at how acting on self-will means behaving with the exclusion of any consideration for others, focusing only on what we want and ignoring the needs and feelings of others. While we were busy pursuing these impulses, we mostly left a path of destruction behind us, and we definitely lost touch with our conscience and a Higher Power.info_outline Step 2 - Recovered 1101
This is the beginning of the end, in a way. You will end your old life and begin your fresh one, committed to faith – faith in whatever you choose.info_outline Step 1 - Recovered 1099
The first step in 12 step recovery programs involves more than just admitting that there is a problem. It means breaking through the denial that has kept the person locked in their misery. The individual has to accept that they have been beaten by their addiction. The exact wording of this step is:info_outline Having Hobbies in Recovery - Recovered 1098
If people feel that their life has no meaning and purpose they will find it impossible to build a successful life in recovery. During their years of addiction the focus would have been on obtaining and using their drug of choice. It is therefore vital that they replace this hole in their life with something new. The more meaning that people find in recovery the less likely it will be that they will relapse.info_outline Relapse and Coming Back In - Recovered 1097
Relapse is not uncommon. Some people find it difficult to overcome their addictive behaviors for the long term. Once clean, the addict can easily fall back into old practices and habits. Recovery requires commitment, discipline and a network of support. The old adage “it takes a village” is clearly demonstrated in recovery. But those of us who have relapsed, coming back into the village of recovery can be difficult.info_outline Character Defects - Recovered 1096
Humans are obviously not perfect; everyone will have their flaws and weaknesses. It is only when these imperfections lead to suffering that there is a real cause for concern. Most people will have many minor character defects, and a few major ones. It will be these major flaws that will cause them the most problems in life.info_outline
We alcoholics suffer. Before program, our obsession with drugs and alcohol led to the destruction of everything important to us. Even after program, new obsessions can also cause us to suffer, even without the alcohol. Sure, it’s obvious that our addictive behavior is the source of our own misery, but we may still seem unwilling to change. We are unwilling to change because of many things, but usually, it’s fear. We people with addictions must learn how to find courage.
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Some view entering a 12 step recovery program as a step that only follows hitting “rock bottom” with a drug or alcohol addiction. Some even view entering program as a sign of weakness because that person does not have proper self control. And while recovery can come at the point when an addiction becomes life inhibiting, it remains a courageous choice nonetheless.
Tonight, we talk about courage. Tonight, the topic we discuss is “Courage in Recovery.”
Your first thoughts on courage and our recovery program?
Did you have courage at first?
What did early recovery courage look like?
Did you become more or less fearful when you first came into program?
What is courage in program to you?
Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgement that something else is more important than fear
Courage is the ability to do something that frightens one.
Why is courage important to your program?
Talk to the new person…
Why were you fearful when you were new?
Did you think others in program were courageous? Why?
How did you lose fear and become courageous?
What was the first thing (other than steps 4/9 and other thank coming to your first meeting) you did in recovery that was brave and you knew it would take fortitude?
We asked our listeners about this topic.
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We asked our listeners,
"What part of early program took the most courage?”
Did you take the survey?
What would be your answer?
What is the bravest thing one of your sponsees has done?
What was the bravest thing you have done in recovery? (Other than coming into the program and other than steps 4 and 9)
When has fear held you back?
Do you have regrets and how do you deal with that?
What steps takes courage for you?
What steps has given you fortitude?
What parts of the program (steps, service, higher power, fellowship, traditions, etc.) help develop courage?
What are you faced with today that requires courage?
What steps are you working?
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