Step 9: Restitution and Reconciliation – John’s Story on Drug Addiction Recovery

Starting with addiction to pharmaceuticals, John spiraled down with worse and worse drugs until he his family had left him, he was alone, and he was put in jail. Recalling his arrest:  "I remember the lights coming on, and I remember almost a relief coming over me, that maybe somehow in a weird way, maybe I'm done.... I began to be lifted from this addiction." "Step 9 says, make direct amends wherever possible. And I knew that I needed to be there so that anybody in my family could tell m...
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Step 4: Truth – Austin’s Story about Addiction Recovery

“I learned about group meetings…. It’s very hard to describe, the empathy, the love, the honesty, the humility … They emphasize not just your weaknesses, but also your strengths, and that was hard because I didn’t want to see the good … The fourth step helped me see the good that was always there … there was a lot of good … it was just hidden and buried under years of substances and years of guilt … I learned that I needed my God, I learned that I needed my brothers and sisters … and every t...
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Motives & Manganese

By Mike C. In June 1974 billionaire playboy Tony Stark, uhh… I mean Howard Hughes,  launched the Hughes Glomar Explorer (HGE).  At 618 feet and 36,000 tons, the ship was a pretty impressive sight.  Reports said it had the capability to pick up 5,000 tons of ore off the ocean floor each day.  And what kind of ore were they looking for – gold, silver, platinum?  Actually they were reportedly looking for manganese. The story gets stranger.  It turns out that the whole manganese story was ...
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Forgiveness In Families

None of us "does" family perfectly. We sometimes say and do things that offend loved ones. All of us are guilty of "sins" of commission or omission toward those we care about. Forgiveness is an essential part of strong, healthy relationships. Judeo-Christian beliefs teach that nobody is exempt from forgiveness; we should forgive all wrongs that have been done to us, regardless of their severity. The Family: A Proclamation to the World(paragraph 7) singles out forgiveness as an essential f...
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Building a Fondness and Admiration System

No one's perfect, including you and the person you're married to. Maybe she squeezes the toothpaste from the middle or he leaves the toilet seat up. Maybe she is bull-headed and he is annoyingly indecisive. Maybe one of you is a workaholic and another spends too much money. Despite their flaws, it's likely that deep down you believe your spouse is a good person who is worthy of honor and respect. At the heart of nearly every marriage lies this fundamental belief: that one's partner in mar...
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