Monday, December 31, 2012

12 Step Workbooks | worksheets

Here'a a nice site with some free downloads--check it out.

12 Step Workbooks | worksheets: "12 Step Workbook
(12StepWorkbook.org)
These are some great free workbooks that have been put together by Jim W. at 12stepworkbook.org.
Part One Al’s 40 Day Serendipity Journey -- Al Kohallek begins his most ambitious undertaking Part One covers the first Nine Steps using the First 164 pages of the Big Book (Alcoholics Anonymous) and the Steps form the book 12 Steps and 12 Traditions."

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5 Signs That Your Parents Are Drug Addicts

You might think that once the kids are fine, the whole family is. Actually, once the kids get clean and sober, they often begin to recognize addiction in other family members, and aren't shy about telling you so! If you have any drug addiction tendencies, including drinking too much, be prepared to have your kids say something. and don't you want them to? A healthy family means having everyone healthy, not just the young people. read this interesting article.

5 Signs That Your Parents Are Drug Addicts: "So you thought it was just your teenagers that you had to keep away from drugs? According to addiction experts, you might need to deliver the Nancy Reagan "just say no" speech to your aging parents as well.
Abuse of mind-altering prescription drugs by Americans 50 and older is projected to triple by 2020 to 2.7 million, according to a 2005 study in the Annals of Epidemiology, with people over 65 taking more than six unique prescriptions a year on average."

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Monday, December 24, 2012

Last minute gift for those in recovery


Last minute gift for your sponsor or sponsee? Or for you son or daughter in recovery?  Here are two suggestions, one that cost a few bucks and the other for free--you can email either gift or both.

1. FREE. Vision recovery meditations: (a Hopi tradition) Go here, pick the format you want, type in the code "Sobriety"  (capital S, no quotes) and a box will open for your name and email. Then it will take you to the free download page.
https://www.ebookit.com/books/0000002026/Sitting-in-Pictures-Vision-Meditations-for-Addiction-Recovery.html

 2. $4.99 A digital copy of the Pocket Sponsor. Unfortunately it is only on the Kindle format, but the kindle reader for your computer is free.

Merry Christmas everyone, am thinking of all my friends this Christmas Eve.


Saturday, December 22, 2012

Drinking/drugging NBC dateline. Must read

NBC dateline did a special on drinking and driving last night. It was very good and asked us, would you stop a drunk from driving. It was really good.

Then a friend from bayakinfoline sent me this reminder--but it has a twist ending. This is an intimate message, for all those still drinking whether or not alcoholically--Must read:

Shelly, merry Christmas to you and the family.
I want to share an experience with you--although not alcoholic, I thought you might be able to share with others who would benefit about drinking and driving. As you well know, some of us have been known to have brushes with the authorities on our way home from an occasional social session over the years. sometimes they lay in wait by the bars to "catch" us. well the other night I was out with some friends and had a couple beers and some red wine with dinner. 
Knowing full well I may have been slightly if not well, over the limit, I did something I have never done before. I took a cab home. Sure enough, I passed a check point by the police--but because I was in a cab, they waved it through. I was so happy not to have been caught drunk driving. I arrived home safely without incident, which was a real surprise because I have never driven a cab before and am not sure where I got it or what to do with it in my garage. So be care this season and Merry Christmas and Happy New year!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Holiday spices often abused for cheap highs, says toxicologist

Holiday spices often abused for cheap highs, says toxicologist: "Holiday Spices Often Abused for Cheap Highs, Says Toxicologist
Dec. 17, 2012 — Watch your kitchen cupboards this season as thrillseekers look to common holiday baking ingredients for a rise -- cinnamon, nutmeg and even marshmallows are the primary ingredient in trendy risky behavior. "The envelope is always being pushed to create something new that will get attention, potentially create a drug-like effect and can pass under the radar of law enforcers," "
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As a kid, I tried banana peels and nutmeg. It was a hippie thing. However, I did see a picture of the lungs of a nutmeg smoker--YUCK--really scared me and I stopped. The "high" wasn't very good anyway and the nutmeg stank.  Never the less, watch your kids with this--especially 5th through jr high--they are looking for adventure and who knows what tehy hear on the streets--just a friendly reminder to remain vigilant.

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Monday, December 17, 2012

Alcoholism and Raising Children -

Here's a great discussion over at Sober recovery--raising the little rascals around the program. I raised my daughter going to meetings because as she was growing up, I was growing up in the program.  She's often mentioned that she didn't have the best upbringing--and I can admit that--I was crazy my first 20 years of recovery--<grin,> but true. In any case, she is very lucky that I was in recovery, as lacking as that was for her childhood. If I had raised her drunk and stoned, she wouldn't be raised at all.

For those of you raising kids in your own recovery, use this as a resource.  And enjoy the holidays--don't let the disease of alcoholism steal one more moment of your family happiness.

Alcoholism and Raising Children - SoberRecovery : Alcoholism Drug Addiction Help and Information: "Some of the coolest kids I've ever met were raised in and around the Program.
I met an old Hopi woman one time who was talking to me about children. It was in something she said that changed me as a parent. During WWII, she fostered a girl who still lived with them in the late eighties when I was there. She said the parents were drunks and didn't take care of their children, so some elder women from the clan came in and took some of them into their own homes. She said she went to the Elder women and chose a particular girl she'd dreamed about. She told them, "I will take this girl and raise her for The People."
Something about the way she said that hit me like a wet dishrag."

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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Tips for living safely on the edge during holidays | for young people

Often, alcoholics and addicts use the holidays for relapse. But hey, us addicts use any excuse to drink and drug! They used to say in the groups, "I drank because it was a holiday, or a rainy day, or a work day or Saturday  Sunday, Monday....

Yeah, we drank and used because we are addicts! that's the long and the short of it. So read this article from Dove Tree Ranch...A few good tips for the that young person in recovery.


Tips from The Ranch at Dove Tree for living safely on the edge during holidays | Lubbock Online | Lubbock Avalanche-Journal: "The holidays don’t have to be predictable. In a sincere attempt to lighten up, Jack Britton suggests ways to spice up December:
Often the holidays offer face time with relatives who grew up in a different era. Dive below the surface and actually get to know Grandma. Who was her first crush? (Fidel Castro!) What did she get away with as a kid? (Armed robbery!)"

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Monday, December 3, 2012

Pocket Sponsor: "Holiday Special. Get your Pocket Sponsor in a pocket!

Every year we do something really special for Christmas. I am excited about this years special because it is sooo cute. It's our classic Pocket Sponsor sent as a gift and it comes in a jean pocket! As a gift it also comes with miniature ornament and gift tag saying it is from YOU! Look into it if you have people in recovery on your list--
Pocket Sponsor: "Holiday Special. Get your Pocket Sponsor in a pocket!
Order the Pocket Sponsor this holiday season and get it sent in a jean pocket ! The cost is the same, the pocket is FREE!  Hurry and order your Sponsors in a Pocket today. Offer expires Dec 25th.  (We can send as a gift and include a small ornament with a greeting saying the Pocket Sponsor is from you. All FREE)"
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