Easter is with no doubt the single most holy day of the Christian church, as it celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ, the central event in Christianity. Although many people celebrate Easter for that very special role in the Christian religion, that doesn’t mean that you must follow that faith in order to enjoy and celebrate the holiday. There are many non-religious and non-Christian people who celebrate Easter in a secular way. To make the most of this holiday, you can renew your current goals and commitments in positive ways and or embrace your inner child and get into the fun of the Easter bunny. Continue reading
When you are in the recovery process, your friends and family can be your rock. They can be there to love you, laugh with you and cry with you. Sober living is not easy but having people who truly love and care for you can make it easier. As you go through the process, you may want to show the people who have stuck by your side gratitude and how thankful you are for them. This can be fulfilling for both you and them. Here are a few of the ways you can show gratitude. Continue reading
April is Alcohol Awareness Month, and this year’s theme, Help for Today, Hope for Tomorrow, is a national effort to draw attention to the many opportunities people, families, and communities have and can use to educate young people on the dangers of alcohol use. No other substance is more widely used by American youth than alcohol, making alcoholism and alcohol-related problems the number one public health problem in the United States. Continue reading
During the 4th step of your 12 step program, you’ll be asked to create a “searching and fearless” moral inventory. This is a challenging step for some, but the harder a step is, the more rewarding it is as well. there several ways to do a 4th step and many booklets and guides to support you. It is most important to work with your sponsor or someone who has done a 4th step before. Following their guidance and support will give you great insight and offer you support when uncomfortable feeling come up. Continue reading
Marijuana is said to be not physically addictive nor is it known to be physically dangerous. That being said, absolutely anything has the capacity to be psychologically addictive. If someone can become addicted to gambling or the internet, they can absolutely become addicted to marijuana. Here are some of the major signs of marijuana addiction. Continue reading
St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner, and this holiday is a lot of fun to celebrate. However, green beer and whiskey shots aren’t options if you are focusing on your recovery. Fortunately, there are plenty of things to do on St. Paddy’s Day that don’t involve drinking. Read on to learn how to have sober fun this year. Continue reading
Mardi Gras may have a reputation for being one of the biggest partying days of the year, but that isn’t how it started out. Originally, it was a religious occasion, corresponding with the last day before the start of Lent, a period when Christians choose to give something up for 40 days. Because many people chose to give up their favorite foods in an effort to be healthier, people often overate on the last night before Lent began, hence the name, “Fat Tuesday.” Here are three interesting facts about the holiday that have nothing to do with drinking or partying. Continue reading
You don’t get to choose your family, but you do have a choice when it comes to your friends. Stop wasting your time on people you can’t count on. Here are some traits to look for in a real friend – and that you should model yourself. Continue reading
—Phillip Aleman, Los Angeles CA
In 1935, two men met to talk about their drinking and gave birth to a wonderful program.
That Fateful day 80 years ago in Akron, Ohio, AA co-founder, Bill W., could have gone into a bar, but instead, he reached out to try and help another alcoholic. That’s when he met Dr. Bob. That decision led to the recovery of millions of alcoholics, which continues to this day. This is why we celebrate.
Today over 80 years later we asked Philip what its like to be celebrating another year in his sobriety. Continue reading