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Acceptance - Recovered 1020

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Release Date: 08/07/2019

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When your life has been impacted by addiction, it’s easy to beat yourself up and feel excessive shame. But that kind of behavior will never drive you to commit to the life-long process of beating your addiction. Instead, you need to master the art of personal acceptance.

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Now, back to the show…

Tonight, the topic is 


By accepting who you are, the nature of your alcoholism, and the ways in which you can beat it, you are giving yourself the power and confidence to defeat the stranglehold of addiction. Acceptance gives you the strength to pry back the choking fingers of alcoholism away from your throat and give your lungs access to the glorious and life-giving air of sobriety.

I did an open talk for Anne-Marie’s home group a couple of Fridays ago and they gave this

A coffee cup with the Acceptance cup

Guess they knew something..

Going to you first, ????, 

What are your first thoughts on this topic?

What does acceptance mean to you?

Here is what my coffee mug says...

Page 417 of the big book:


"And acceptance is the answer to all my problems today. 

When I am disturbed, 

It is because I find some person, place, thing, situation -- 

Some fact of my life -- unacceptable to me, 

And I can find no serenity until I accept 

That person, place, thing, or situation 

As being exactly the way it is supposed to be at this moment. 

Nothing, absolutely nothing happens in God's world by mistake. 

Until I could accept my alcoholism, I could not stay sober; 

Unless I accept life completely on life's terms, 

I cannot be happy. 

I need to concentrate not so much 

On what needs to be changed in the world 

As on what needs to be changed in me and in my attitudes." 

When did you first read the Acceptance statement?

What was your reaction to it?

When you were new, 

what kinds of loss and disappointments were you experiencing?

How did the spiritual tool of Acceptance help?

In early sobriety, did you try to force certain outcomes

were there some consequences you were trying to avoid?

Did you get the outcome you desired?

In early sobriety, did you struggle against reality?  

How does acceptance and reality relate?

What is the serenity prayer?

How does the acceptance statement and the serenity prayer relate?

What is your experience with the prayer?


We asked our listeners about this topic.

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We asked our listeners, 

"What prevents you from gaining acceptance?”

Did you take the survey?


What would be your answer?


What gets in the way of acceptance?

Why does acceptance help you?

How are forgiveness and acceptance related?

What does acceptance look like today?

What are you trying to accept today?

What tools, steps, prayers, slogans, traditions, are you using?

What is the opposite of acceptance?

In the end, it's important to remember that disease acceptance does not mean that you have to like it, condone it, or even ignore it. 

What does accepting what you don’t like mean to you?

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What would you say to the new guy about Acceptance?

In the 12 and 12, it reads:

It is a spiritual axiom that every time I am disturbed there is something wrong with Me

Your thoughts on this form of acceptance?

So Remember; abandon yourself to God and admit your faults. Clear away the wreckage of your past and give freely. God bless and see you next time.