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SOBER LIVING for WOMEN

‘A recovery home in Marquette is committed to give women suffering from drug addiction a safe place to stay. Within the past two years, Sue B’s House has officially become a successful program in helping women help themselves.

“Do you know in a phoenix and mythology, how they burn and then rise from their ashes? They’re very closely related with recovery,” said Elissa Kent, Assistant Director for the Great Lakes Recovery Center.

Life is full of second chances, and for women who struggle with drug addiction, mental health issues, and other related struggles; Sue B’s House is the beginning to their redemption story.

“Women will come out of residential treatment after they’ve completed maybe say 30 days of treatment,” Kent said. “They will come over here if they don’t have a safe recovery oriented place to live.”‘

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Story of a Dry Drunk ………

‘According to statistics, almost one in six women like me have alcohol five or more times a week – and more than half (including me) exceed their safe daily limit on at least one occasion. I’ve been observing not only my own drinking habits as well as that of my friends for many years now.

Sometimes (often) we drink alone and sometimes (often) we don’t eat much with it because we are, after all, middle class, professional women who know the caloric value of every thimble.

Truth be told many of us were borderline or closet anorexics or bulimics in our youth and this is our “transdiagnosis” in full throw.  In other words, as perfectionistic, anxious striving teenagers, we didn’t eat at all or we ate too much and purged.’

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Toronto Agnostics and Human Rights ………

‘On January 18, 2017, representatives of the Greater Toronto Area Intergroup, Knight and A.A. World Services Inc. and the General Services Board of Alcoholic Anonymous Inc. met to formally resolve Knight’s human rights claim.

Lawrence Knight is ecstatic. “This is huge.  There can be no doubts for A.A. chapters around the world – a desire to be sober really is the only requirement.”

Knight and GTA Intergroup agree that it is not A.A.’s practice to exclude anyone, including A.A. groups, based on creed:  “All groups, regardless of their belief system form part of the A.A fellowship.

The only requirement for A.A. membership is a desire to stop drinking and any two or more people who come together for the purpose of being sober may call themselves an A.A. group, as long as they have a desire to be sober, and provided they have no outside affiliation”. ‘

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