The Sense of Ease and Comfort - Recovered 555
Release Date: 12/17/2014
Ultimately, when we are humble we are willing to seek and receive help, support, guidance and direction with our lives. The result is that we are not alone anymore.info_outline Willingness - Recovered 1155
Your life belongs to you, right? Sure it does, but look at where your actions got you. Your life became unmanageable because of your addiction. You need to be willing for a lot of things, especially accepting help.info_outline Integrity - Recovered 1152
Sobriety helps us reconnect with our true selves and become reacquainted with our inner light, our life’s mission, and our purpose.info_outline Courage - Recovered 1150
Any challenges life throws your way, you now know how it feels to look fear in the face and remember how capable you are of walking through it.info_outline Faith - Recovered 1148
In order to keep going and develop sobriety the individual needs to have faith that things are going to keep improving.info_outline Hope - Recovered 1146
Hope is the elevating feeling we experience when we see a path to a better futureinfo_outline Honesty - Recovered 1144
It is normal to struggle with owning up to dishonesty, but the key is to acknowledge when it occurs as soon as possible. If not, you could struggle with feelings of guilt and put your sobriety in jeopardy.info_outline Popsicle Sticks - Recovered 1142
Here in our virtual studio, we have a can full of popsicle sticks. Each stick has a recovery topic written on it. We will take turns, randomly picking a stick and then sharing on that topic that was chosen.info_outline Reaching Out - Recovered 1140
If you have a problem with alcohol or drugs, reaching out for help can be hard. You’ve probably tried several times to handle this by yourself, but the problem is just too big to tackle without help.info_outline Stateline 2009 Part 3 - Recovered 1141
Stateline Retreat in Primm, NV - December 11th 2009info_outline
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During this season which is supposed to be a message of comfort and joy, many of us have neither.
For many of us, we relied on substances to achieve ease and comfort.
Now that we no longer have these substances in our lives, how do we achieve this sense of ease and comfort?
According to our Big Book, it is imperative that we again regain our sense of ease and comfort.
How we do this will be our topic today, The Sense of Ease and Comfort.
The big book says in the Chapter entitled The Doctor’s Opinion:
Men and women drink essentially because they like the effect produced by alcohol. The sensation is so elusive that, while they admit it is injurious, they cannot after a time differentiate the true from the false. To them, their alcoholic life seems the only normal one. They are restless, irritable and discontented, unless they can again experience the sense of ease and comfort which comes at once by taking a few drinks-drinks which they see others taking with impunity. After they have succumbed to the desire again, as so many do, and the phenomenon of craving develops, they pass through the well-known stages of a spree, emerging remorseful, with a firm resolution not to drink again. This is repeated over and over, and unless this person can experience an entire psychic change there is very little hope of his recovery.
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Let’s break this down
What was your reaction the first time you read this?
everyone likes the effect of alcohol
cannot differentiate true from false
alcoholic life seems normal
restless, irritable and discontented
experience ease and comfort
seeing others enjoying drink
How do you recognize you are restless, irritable, and discontented?
How do you regain ease and comfort?
WE HAVE CALLS!
Do you want to take them?
page 47 of the big book
That was great news to us, for we had assumed we could not make use of spiritual principles unless we accepted many things on faith which seemed difficult to believe. When people presented us with spiritual approaches, how frequently did we all say, "I wish I had what that man has. I'm sure it would work if I could only believe as he believes. But I cannot accept as surely true the many articles of faith which are so plain to him." So it was comforting to learn that we could commence at a simpler level.
what does faith mean to you?
what are spiritual principles to you?
how has other’s faith affected your faith life?
How does simplicity in faith in particular and recovery on general give you comfort?
Is this true for you?
Page 18 of the Big Book
An illness of this sort - and we have come to believe it an illness - involves those about us in a way no other human sickness can. If a person has cancer all are sorry for him and no one is angry or hurt. But not so with the alcoholic illness, for with it there goes annihilation of all the things worth while in life. It engulfs all whose lives touch the sufferer's. It brings misunderstanding, fierce resentment, financial insecurity, disgusted friends and employers, warped lives of blameless children, sad wives and parents - anyone can increase the list.
We hope this volume will inform and comfort those who are, or who may be affected. There are many.
Alcoholism as illness
having cancer vs. alcoholism. That is stigma
Talk to the newcomer who is worried and anxious about many things. What would you say to give comfort to that person who is suffering?