Category Archive: The Steps

May 21

Willing To Let Go

The decision we are asked to make in the Third Step involves letting go.  This is the moment of surrender.  For some of us that sounds scary, it might even sound impossible but surrender does not imply giving up or giving in. It is instead a matter of willingness.  We have opened our minds to the …

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May 14

Finding The God Of Your Understanding

It is entirely possible for people to enter recovery without specific beliefs or any beliefs whatsoever regarding a Higher Power. All that is required is the willingness to believe in something.  In the beginning just knowing and believing that the program works is enough. “Came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore …

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May 08

The Serenity Prayer

The Serenity Prayer reminds us that the First Step is not something that we “do” once but rather an ongoing process.  The Steps become a new way of living; they become a part of our everyday lives.  Some people have gone through them officially several times but even if you only “go through the Steps” …

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May 06

Taking the First Step

Whether you’re in a 12 Step program or not the Steps originally provided in the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous hold value.  They have been modified slightly in different fellowships for different conditions however the verbiage is nearly identical with one exception.  The word alcohol in the First Step has been replaced with the word …

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May 05

Anonymity

It’s pretty obvious that Jane Doe supports the idea of anonymity, hence the name of the site.  The most glaring  reason is that it protects us all and gives us the freedom to say what we mean and be who we are without any fear of repercussions from the outside world.  Perhaps even more importantly …

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May 04

Promotion or Attraction

Before we really dive in here I thought it would make sense to address the issue of promotion or attraction.  In the tradition of 12 step programs this website does not seek to promote any particular product or program.  The goal is to provoke thought and encourage the exploration of options that support the recovery …

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Apr 24

The 12 Steps

I am a huge fan of 12 step programs and although there are many roads to recovery these steps stand the test of time.  I think one of the reasons I like them so much  is that they include mental, physical and spiritual elements for meaningful change.  Following in the tradition of attraction rather than …

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