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Release Date: 02/12/2020

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If nobody was doing any 12th-step work, the program would simply cease to exist. Without the service work of those who came before, no members would be here now.

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For many AA members, they say they have discovered their higher power and form a better understanding of that power.

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Step Ten suggests that it's time we take responsibility for our actions and to promptly clean up our role in all matters.

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By making direct amends to the person harmed the temptation to skirt the issue because of embarrassment or pain is avoided.

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Making the list is one thing. Become willing to actually make amends to those harmed is another. It can be a very humbling, but growing experience, to actually admit wrong-doing, especially to the person harmed. But the process can relieve those trying to recover from so much guilt!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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One of the long-standing obstacles to recovery is the emotional and physical cues that we experience, which make us feel like using alcohol and drugs. These cues are most commonly referred to as triggers, and they can manifest differently for different people. For some, seeing old friends and loved ones is enough to trigger wanting a drink; for others, the stress of performing well at work or school elicits the old feelings of using performance-enhancing substances. Whatever the cause, triggers should be expected—and like many other facets of recovery, expecting and planning for them is the best course of action for success.

Tonight, we talk about Triggers

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Identifying a trigger is not always easy as they can sometimes have no direct somatic effect (a physical effect on your body). However, there are several common types of symptoms brought on by an addiction trigger. These symptoms are broken down into categories—physical and psychological symptoms—and knowing about both can help you protect your recovery.

First thoughts?
What are triggers?

When you were new, what triggered you to use?
Exposure to the substance itself.
Seeing other people using.
Contact with people, places, times of day, and situations commonly associated with using (such as drinking buddies, parties, and bars, getting home from work, weekends).
Particular types of emotions (such as frustration, fatigue, feeling stressed out); even positive emotions (elation, excitement, feelings of accomplishment) can be triggering.
Physical feelings (feeling sick, shaky, tense).
HALT: Hungry, Angry, Lonely, Tired
Emotions
Stress
Over-confidence
Mental or physical illness
Social isolation
Sex and relationships
Getting a promotion or new job
Reminiscing about or glamorising past drug use
Social situations or places where drugs are available

What did it feel like?
Did you ever succumb?
What happened?
Relapse is a process, what does this mean?
How did you fight off triggers early in recovery?
What part of the program helped (sponsor, fellowship, meetings, prayer, slogans, etc.)?

Today, what triggers you to bad behavior?
How do you fight off?

What are some other methods?
Engage in some form of distracting activity.
Talk it through.
Challenge and change your thoughts.

 

What would you say to the new person about Triggers?

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What would you say to the new guy aboutTriggers?

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.