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The Principles of the Twelve Steps: Humility

A Bedrock Necessity On page 70, the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous states that, “the attainment of greater humility is the foundation principle of each of A.A.’s Twelve Steps. For without some degree of humility, no alcoholic can stay sober at all.” We’ve said numerous times in our previous analyses that the principles overlap, support,…

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Coping With Traumatic Stress at Ocean Recovery

An Overwhelming Sense of Helplessness Traumatic experiences, and the traumatic stress that follows, are the result of circumstances beyond our control. Whether it’s “hard” trauma, like the horrors of war, or “soft” trauma, such as emotional or sexual abuse, we survivors often feel an overwhelming sense of helplessness. And, all too often, our response to…

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