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Step One Is Not A One-Time Only Step

Step One Is Not A One-Time Only Step

Wishful thinking isn’t prayer. I have discovered limits, if I have worked Step One. No matter how passionately I may have hoped I could get away with it—not suffer consequences—I have admitted I am powerless over alcohol or drugs, no matter who is using them. When...
WEATHERING STORMS

WEATHERING STORMS

I have spent most of my life drowning. Every time I came up for air there was a thumb pushing me under. If the thumb was taking a break, there was someone’s opinion, dragging me under. A constant battle of gasping for air. No break in the waves of trauma as far as the...
Willing To Be Ready… Set And Go!

Willing To Be Ready… Set And Go!

I have been in a Twelve Step Program for food for over 20 years, where, at my first meeting, newcomers were encouraged to get a sponsor right away and work the Steps. Having not been in a Twelve Step program before this one, I accepted the recommendation and was...
Boundaries

Boundaries

As newcomers, we often feel the need to set boundaries with family or friends who don’t understand our program, who may give unwanted advice, or simply trigger our laundry list traits. I had a friend who criticized the way I taught my children manners (or lack...
Building Trust

Building Trust

Loving Parent Tools & Techniques, pg. 146(Part and Paraphrasing) The Loving Parent GuidebookWhen we take action as our own loving parent, we deepen our commitment to reparenting ourselves and building trust within. With practice, it feels more natural to make time...
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