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By Christopher Cavanaugh

What does a codependent say to his mate while he wakes up?
"Good morning, how am I?"
--Overheard at a Codependents nameless meeting

Throughout the area this present day, greater than million alcoholics and millions of drug addicts, compulsive overeaters, intercourse addicts, compulsive gamblers, codependents, and different addicts abstain from their dependancy, having chanced on a brand new lifestyles by means of training the 12-step software of restoration constructed by means of Alcoholics nameless. through the years, their practices have advanced right into a means of life--the 12-Step Culture.

"I do not take into account my first assembly, yet i have been instructed that I talked for a very lengthy time."
--Mary, a member of Narcotics Anonymous

AA to Z is the 1st ebook to rfile the richness and variety of the lives of getting better humans and to supply an encyclopedic examine this certain lifestyle. much less self-help than enlightenment and leisure, AA to Z is made out of real-life tales of...

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It turned out to be an NA meeting. Ron was more of a pothead, and could identify more with NA’s emphasis on addiction, rather than alcohol. , except you could swear and if you talked about drugs no one would glare at you. So for Ron, NA it was. Ted L. From Iowa A member of Alcoholics Anonymous Sober 21 years Ted has a history of trouble with employers and with the law. First he lost his job as a bellboy because the hotel found out about his bootlegging operation. Later he landed in jail for punching a cop after being pulled over for reckless driving.

Her recovery has been a process of staying clean and trying to rid herself of the toxic shame she can feel at times. ” Nicole G. From California A member of Debtors Anonymous Abstinent from debt for 6 years Nicole went around for years carrying resentments toward her employer, her husband, her friends. She felt less than all of them and tried to cover up her feelings by overspending and buying herself things that she thought would make her feel better. Her spending got out of control to the point where she could not pay her rent or bills.

I don’t beat myself up for having uncomfortable feelings. A. I often thought that if I felt bad, I was bad. I heard a Bob Earle tape in which he described his shame as being like a little boiling pot of sewage deep down in his heart. No one else could see it but it was always there, boiling away. That’s what shame is. Deep inside you don’t have one good feeling about yourself. Deep down thinking that no one could love me, not even God. I’m much different now. I began to see my new life five years ago when I was teaching a Sunday school class.

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