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Tips For the Newcomer

 

Upon arriving in the rooms of AA and NA, I thought I knew everything.  I wasn’t an alcoholic (although I was pretty sure I was an addict), and those Step Things on the wall didn’t really apply to me.  Fortunately, as the toxins cleared from my system, I began to realize the depth of my problem.

 

I was overwhelmed by the whole idea of my disease and I was scared to death.  I had no idea what to do next.  The men in my house group picked me up by the ears and set me on a helpful path.  They slowly poured recovery wisdom into those ears, filling me up with bits and tips of information that I could swallow, bite by bite.

 

With the help of a few friends I have collected as many of those tips as we can remember.  They helped us when we started out, and we hope they will help you.

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Am I an Alcoholic?

Am I an Addict?

It's a question only you can answer.  Until we admit we have a problem, we can do nothing to fix it.  These questions may help you decide.

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Everything you think you know is wrong!

They say that AA and NA are spiritual Everything you think you know is wrong!programs.  What is spirituality, why do I need it, and where do I get it?  It’s all part of discovering who I am and why I am in this world.

Stinking Thinking

I was sure I knew the answer to everything.  But they reminded me that it was my best thinking that got me here in the first place.  My old way of thinking was killing me and I knew it.

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How  do I get started?

Prayer and meditation are the tools I use to communicate with the Higher Power I have found.  They seem simple, but actually they are skills that must be learned and practiced on a daily basis.

Denial--It ain't a river in Egypt

If I deny my disease, I cannot begin to treat it.  That's why Honesty is the spiritual principle behind the First Step.

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Find a sponsor

Work the Steps

I had to find a Sponsor, someone to help me work the Steps. 

The Steps were scary, but they said it would make the pain go away

and I could feel good about myself again.

Text and original photos copyright 2017-2020 by Linville M. Meadows