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I am fine. And then, out of the blue, I am not. Surreptitiously, It flows into and through me, slowly but completely, filling all the nooks and crannies of my being. I feel It in the body tension, the sense of emptiness, the loneliness: I am not enough, I am not doing...

Some Insights That Have Helped Me In My Recovery And Life

My parents are responsible for their failures in how they raised me and my brothers; I am responsible for my life, my choices, my healing, my growth, etc.One step forward today; tomorrow, one step forward today; occasionally a step backwards; over time, the bottomless...

Alternate Serenity Prayer

God, grant me the serenity to stop beating myself up for not doing things perfectly, the courage to forgive myself because I'm working on being better, and the wisdom to know that you already love me just the way I am. Anonymous


I recently joined an ACA group that uses writing topics for expression and processing. What a wonderous thing! The host announced the topic of the day: Childhood Pets. The following is one story that bubbled up unexpectedly from the depths. My cat Mittens was very...

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The Better Triangle

The Better Triangle

I’m good. . . I’m blameless. . . I know I’m right. Where have I seen those phrases? They are from the Drama Triangle in the Traits Workbook. I saw myself. I would jump from Rescuer, trying to help someone because I did not know the difference between love and pity; to...

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Blameless Inventory Is Possible

Blameless Inventory Is Possible

How do we do a blameless inventory when fear and pain is in the picture? There is a way. It’s a combination of detachment and fearless and thorough honesty that makes it possible. That requires a lot of detachment and trust, but it can be done in twelve step recovery...

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Service On The 7s

Service On The 7s

Our daily online ACA meeting finds ways to support the members who perform service. This article describes a practice that works for us, and it may offer ideas for your group as well. The Strengthening My Recovery group gathers every day on Zoom. To allow more people...

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The Voice Of A Silenced Child

The Voice Of A Silenced Child

Trigger Warning: This poem is a description of the disturbing reality of domestic violence as experienced by me around the age of six. If you are not in a good place to read such material, please stop here. I have no desire to retraumatize anyone.

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