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Recovered Podcast

Release Date: 12/17/2013

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Continuing to do anything in our daily lives usually means getting better at it. And so it goes with Step Ten of AA Alcoholics Anonymous. Nobody ever really enjoys admitting to being wrong, it’s much easier to blame others. Admitting when we are wrong and promptly being accountable for our side of the street is absolutely necessary in order for us to maintain our spiritual progress in recovery. The best part about practicing the Tenth Step of AA in our daily lives is that the more we exercise self-discovery, honesty, humility, and reflection, the fewer apologies, and amends we have to make!...

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“Every A.A. has found that he can make little headway in this new adventure of living until he first backtracks and really makes an accurate and unsparing survey of the human wreckage he has left in his wake.” Remember, you have acted with courage working all of your previous steps in AA and staying sober! With Step Eight you have the opportunity to translate your experience of courage into developing a compassionate spirit. The exact wording of step 8 is: Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all. “The readiness to take the full consequences...

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Step Seven of AA’s Alcoholics Anonymous Twelve Step recovery program is about getting rid of character defects and replacing them by practicing humility and spiritual principles. Working on the seventh step requires frequent thoughtfulness and commitment to being honest, courageous, and humble. We discovered our assets and shortcomings when working on steps four and five. With Step 7 we became prepared to deal with these qualities so that in Step 7 we could be ready to act. The exact wording of step 7 is: Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings. Tonight, we talk about Step 7 3:25 To...

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We are about the solution here at the Recovered Podcast.  So we are going to talk about sleeping tips.


What has been your experience with sleep in early recovery

some of the things that have helped

some of the things that have not helped

What is your experience?



Here are

12 Sleeping Tips for Early Recovery

1. Create a good sleeping environment, e.g., bed comfort, quietness,

darkness, comfortable temperature, and ventilation

2. Consider a white noise generator if there is a problem with noise in the

environment.

3. Set a consistent time period for going to bed and getting up, including on

weekends

4. Avoid daytime naps

5. Eliminate or reduce caffeine intake (particularly after 3 pm)

6. Get exercise early in the day, but avoid exercise in the evening

7. Keep a sleep diary by your bed, noting sleep patterns, troublesome

thoughts, dreams, etc. and discuss troublesome dreams with your counselor,

sponsor or others in recovery.

8. Learn and utilized relaxation techniques, e.g., progressive relaxation,

visualization, breathing exercises; use recovery prayers and self-talk

(slogans) as an aid in getting to sleep.

9. Minimize activities other than sleeping in your bed, e.g., eating, working,

watching television, reading, etc.

10. Avoid large, late meals; have a light snack before bedtime—some that

can actually aid sleep, e.g., small turkey sandwich, warm milk, a banana, a

cup of hot chamomile tea

11. Create a consistent bedtime routine and stick with it.

12. If you can’t get to sleep within 30 minutes, get out of bed and do

something relaxing in low light until you feel sleepy.