Connecting Women in Recovery

Ann Arbor Women's Group

Multiple Pathways to Recovery

I’m going to admit this out loud, and don’t judge, but I was one of those people that looked down on other alcoholic/addicts that didn’t follow the program of recovery I followed. Even in my own fellowship I saw people doing workbook versions of the 12 steps instead of following the directions in the Big Book and I judged them.

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Taking your own inventory

Have you ever been trying to help someone out by telling them how they can better themselves or their life and all of a sudden they pop out with, “Take your own damn inventory!” My response was always, “I’m only trying to help.” But am I really? When I share my tidbits of wisdom is it for them or is it for me?

Let’s be honest. I’ve always been my number one concern, which is why I try to do so much service work to try and even things out. When I’m “helping” you by giving you unsolicited advice, there’s always a self-seeking motive behind it.

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The Gift of One Alcoholic/Addict Helping Another

In November and December A2WG focused on GIVING as a theme. We did:

  • ThanksGIVING Recovery Toolboxes- we made up boxes for women in treatment/detox or who were new to recovery. We filled those boxes with recovery literature, meeting list books for AA/NA, inspirational sayings, a “Woman in Sobriety” coin, recovery teddy bears, recovery silicone bracelets, cards with messages of hope, and a few other things. The boxes went to Home of New Vision, Dawn Farm and Maple Rock for them to give out, since these are the top places in town that have first contact with newcomers.

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How will I deal with the holidays?

We all have expectations for the holidays. We want everything to go right, be fun, but the reality for some is that it’s a sad time of the year. Stress, fear and sadness comes from many directions. It can be from over committing, trying to make everything perfect or loneliness. But for most of us it has to do with our daily struggle because of addiction.

We’re not alone. There are many that struggle, even the ones that fake their way through it. When we see all those cheerful people in the malls looking all happy, you’d be surprised how many actually feel blue. They just don’t want to be honest and show their true feelings. Many of us have to deal with the crazy relatives, parties you don’t want to be at, or the long lines at the stores. Why do you think they call it: “Surviving the holidays.”

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Op-Ed Blogs

The blogs that are on the Ann Arbor Women’s Group site are considered “opinion” blogs. They are based on the blogger’s experience in recovery and may link to outside sources. These blogs, and the links, may or may not be the opinions of the Ann Arbor Women’s Group. We believe in multiple pathways to recovery and are not affiliated with any one method or organization.