HERE’S TO YOUR HEALTH: LARRY’S STORY PART V

This week’s HTYH is a continuation of Larry’s story:

I was in jail and every inmate in there was full of advice and I was not an exception. I told them the things they needed to do to straighten out their lives but it never crossed my mind that I was in jail too. I could see their

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HERE’S TO YOUR HEALTH: LARRY’S STORY PART IV

This week’s HTYH is a continuation of Larry’s story: The day after the Jets won the Super Bowl, and beat the Baltimore Colts 16 to 7, things started happening in my life-immediately. The Jets became the first American Football team to ever win a Super Bowl. When we returned to NY City

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HERE’S TO YOUR HEALTH: LARRY’S STORY PART III

This week’s HTYH is a continuation of Larry’s story: For the next 13 years I was the starting linebacker for the New York Jets. We drank a lot of whiskey and beer. If we weren’t playing football, we were drinking-that was our second job. In 1961 I got a phone call and my Dad had

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HERE’S TO YOUR HEALTH: LARRY’S STORY PART II

This weeks HTYH is a continuation of Larry’s story: I can remember to this moment how I felt after I took that first drink of wine. It burned a little and I shivered, got flushed all over, my toes curled up and my stomach felt like I had swallowed an umbrella and it opened up. I knew that wine

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HERE’S TO YOUR HEALTH: LARRY’S STORY PART I

This is the beginning of Larry’s story: I come from the land of southern hospitality. All I ever wanted from this world was to be accepted and treated like a real person. The old timers in AA promised that if I stuck with this program, I could walk down the street with dignity and look people

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HERE’S TO YOUR HEALTH: DAVES STORY PART VIII

This week’s HTYH is the conclusion of Dave’s story: Let me tell you about my sons. I was told when I first came around AA that if I got a sponsor, worked the steps and attended AA meetings my life would straighten out, and it did, but it didn’t instantly fix my family. Practicing

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HERE’S TO YOUR HEALTH: DAVES STORY PART VII

This weeks HTYH is a continuation of Dave’s story: I started writing to my mother and sending her cards. When my counselor asked me if she responded, I said no. He said, “Then write to her again and keep writing to her every day.” I said, “What should I say?” Tell her

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HERE’S TO YOUR HEALTH: DAVES STORY PART VI

This week’s HTYH is a continuation of Dave’s story: After I had listed my resentments my sponsor asked me to find my part in them? I didn’t like that. Take a good look at those resentments and see where you were selfish, dishonest or frightened. Tell me your part in that resentment

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HERE’S TO YOUR HEALTH: DAVES STORY PART V

The week’s HTYH is a continuation of Dave’s story: I asked an A.A. man to be my sponsor and after we reviewed the first three steps and said the Third Step prayer together, I started on my 4th Step inventory list. He wrote fear at the top of the first page, resentment at the top of the

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HERE’S TO YOUR HEALTH: DAVES STORY PART IV

This weeks HTYH is a continuation of Dave’s story: My counselor asked me, “David where are you right now?”

“I’m sitting in a treatment center,” I answered, “Because I tried to kill myself.”

“Where’s your mother right now?” she asked.

“She’s

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HERE’S TO YOUR HEALTH: DAVES STORY PART III

This week’s HTYH is a continuation of Dave’s story: We lived on a farm outside of Raleigh, North Carolina. We raised pigs and chickens and the feed came in large white cloth bags with strawberries, flowers, and green stems printed on them. My mother saved those bags and, when she got the

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HERE’S TO YOUR HEALTH: DAVES STORY PART II

This week’s HTYH is a continuation of Dave’s story: I suffered from a hundred forms of fear, fear of being less than others, fear of financial insecurity, fear of what my peers thought, fear of the police, fear of the IRS, fear of my wife’s lawyer, fear that I wouldn’t be invited

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HERE’S TO YOUR HEALTH: DAVES STORY PART I

This week’s HTYH is the beginning of Dave’s story: The age of miracles has not passed, they’re happening all around us and if you like happy endings you’re in the right place. AA is full of happy endings. There are, of course, a few sad songs about the ones who took an arrow

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HERE’S TO YOUR HEALTH: THE IMPORTANCE OF AA

While practicing my alcoholism, everything was about me first. AA taught me to think about God first, others second and myself last and suddenly, happiness and serenity began to replace loneliness and fear. I didn’t understand it, but life was so much better than it was that I gladly accepted

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HERE’S TO YOUR HEALTH: STEPS 8 & 9

I would like to share a story with you about steps 8 & 9. When I worked Step 8: Made a list of all persons we had harmed and became willing to make amends to them all. I had my employer on that list because I had a whole garage full of stuff that I had stolen from them–it was eating my lunch.

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HERE’S TO YOUR HEALTH: CINDY’S STORY PART VII

This week’s HTYH is a continuation of Cindy’s story: I saw the people around me at A.A. meetings who were sober and happy and I wanted what they had and I’m glad they taught me to keep it simple. Each day, I ask for help in the morning and I say thank you at night.

After we worked

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HERE’S TO YOUR HEALTH: CINDY’S STORY PART VI

This week’s HTYH is a continuation of Cindy’s story: I have come to believe that a benevolent God, of my understanding, kept me alive long enough to find Alcoholics Anonymous. God led me to A.A. and then A.A. led me to God. The people in A.A. surrounded me with love and humor until I could

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HERE’S TO YOUR HEALTH: CINDY’S STORY PART V

This week’s HTYH is a continuation of Cindy’s story: While I was standing in that frozen parking lot staring at that empty ball diamond a woman named Rose came outside, and said, “Whatever you’re thinking, don’t worry, focus on what’s in front of you, and everything

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HERE’S TO YOUR HEALTH: CINDY’S STORY PART IV

This week’s HTYH is a continuation of Cindy’s story: Towards the end of my drinking I spent a lot of time at my doctor’s office. I don’t know if I qualified for being a hypochondriac, but even when I wasn’t sick–I thought I was.

When we drink too much alcohol, everyday,

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HERE’S TO YOUR HEALTH: CINDY’S STORY PART III

This week’s HTYH is a continuation of Cindy’s story: After I started drinking alcoholically, I went down hill really fast. I was no longer that kid with great expectations, hopes and dreams who bounced back from bad nights—everything turned dark and I was miserable. When I arrived around

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HERE’S TO YOUR HEALTH

This week’s HTYH is a continuation of Cindy’s story: I took a drink, the drink took a drink and the drink took me and it didn’t take very long for that to happen. I had a very short drinking career; it grabbed me and took me down—somewhere I never thought I’d be. Alcohol

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HERE’S TO YOUR HEALTH

This weeks HTYH is a continuation of a medical doctors story: The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous states that alcoholics are mentally and bodily different than non-alcoholics. During the 1990s medical science discovered that alcoholics are deficient in certain brain chemicals; we were born that way—it’s

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HERE’S TO YOUR HEALTH

This week’s HTYH is the continuation of a medical doctor’s story: At the point of orgasm the male brain becomes flooded with beta-endorphins–natural morphine.We see this phenomenon in motion pictures where after having sex the man is laying in bed smoking a cigarette and he’s

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HERE’S TO YOUR HEALTH

This week’s HTYH is a continuation of a medical doctors story: In 1953, after a ten-year depression, Bill Wilson said that almost all of his emotional problems stemmed from his need for approval. He needed, craved, lived for and was motivated by people’s approval. I’ve held grown

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