Category: Recovery Capital

The assets that contribute to, and are a part of, recovery.

Port Dover

Recovery Spirituality

By Ernest Kurtz (Adjunct Assistant Research Scientist, Department of Psychiatry, University of Michigan Medical School) and William L. White (Emeritus Senior Research Consultant, Chestnut Health Systems). Originally published on January 27, 2015. Abstract There...

Meeting

Choosing an AA Home Group

By Martine R. If I have indeed “come to believe” anything in my 14 years of sobriety, it is that attendance at AA meetings keeps me sober. Nothing else. For several excruciating years after...

Elephant

One Bite at a Time

By JHG Recovering alcoholics are famous for theatrical displays that amount to pole-vaulting over mouse droppings. It’s an entertaining but otherwise pointless spectacle. While staying sober can require tremendous amounts of courage and commitment,...

Bill Wilson Featured

Bill Wilson, Always A Seeker

Our book is meant to be suggestive only. We realize we know only a little. Big Book, page 164  Research has already come up with significant and helpful findings. And research will do far...

Legal Steps

Principles and the 12 Steps

By Patricia K. I have been sober for a while. I got sober before the development of AA meetings for atheists, agnostics and freethinkers. Even though I do not believe in a god, I...

Acceptance

Acceptance

By Daniel C. My name is Daniel and I’m an alcoholic. Acceptance to me is one of the most important parts of life. Life happens whether we like it or not. For me acceptance...

Acceptance

Admitting Defeat

By Don B. I was guided into AA in 1981 by my higher power, whom I refer to as “Linda”, my wife. After watching a soap opera devoted to alcoholics and AA, she concluded...

Sponsorship

Service and Sponsorship

By Steven V. Service Before coming to AA, I spent most of my time thinking about, well, me. I was often thinking about how poorly my life was going, how dissatisfied I was with...

Meditation

The Practical Tool of Meditation

By Thomas B. I had my first meditation experience early in my second year of recovery, shortly after I received my one-year medallion at the original Manhattan Group in New York City in November...

Fitting In

Fitting in rather than out

By Lance B. Me in AA Over 32 years of AA meetings in a small western city, I have seen many new potential members arrive at our group. Usually they were scared and tentative,...

Alone

The Therapeutic Value of the Group

By Steve K. The Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) group is a fundamental “mechanism of change” in recovery from alcoholism with respect to providing its members with a supportive social network that promotes sobriety. Participation in...

Books

Books: Prospecting for Sobriety

By Norm R. As a recovering alcoholic, I attend meetings and try faithfully to work the Steps. Some meetings, however, can be discouraging; then my healing depends on books. Space would not permit naming...