Tag: "Authenticity"

Why Secrets Are So Dangerous

Why Secrets Are So Dangerous

There are a number of slogans and sayings that get chucked around in health circles, which some people find really helpful, and other people find both helpful and irritating, depending upon their mood. One of the most common sayings, although not an actual slogan, is telling people directly or indirectly that they are as sick […]

Can an Atheist Get Sober in AA?

Can an Atheist Get Sober in AA?

Apologies at the outset if this seems a slightly patronising question (which it is) but it is one that a number of people do ask, and is generally around the so called issue of the God question in AA. The history of AA largely revolves around the experience of people’s understanding and interpretation of God, […]

emotional sobriety

What is an Inner Voice?

When people talk about an inner voice in the context of spirituality, they are normally referring to an inner intuitive sense of direction in their life. This sense of there being an inner world, and it somehow helping to direct our life is for most people a hugely attractive idea, and for a great number […]

emotional sobriety

What Does Rigorous Honesty Really Mean ?

The term rigorous honesty is used a lot in Alcoholics Anonymous, and in the 12 step recovery world generally. Its original intent was to make clear the need for people to really own and take responsibility for the reality of their lives, both internally and externally. Like a lot of phrases and concepts in recovery, […]

emotional sobriety

Why Tough Love isn’t Really About Love

Tough love is one of those expressions that has crept into the vocabulary of mental health and 12 step recovery in recent years. It sort of implies that an action or directive is being given or taken which may on the surface seem a bit tough, but is being done from a place of love, […]

emotional sobriety

Why It’s Important to Question Gratitude

Quite often in an AA meeting or similar, you will hear someone announce themselves as my name is so-and-so and I’m grateful alcoholic/ addict, or I’m a grateful recovering alcoholic/addict. Equally, you are quite likely to hear someone say at a meeting something along the lines of a grateful alcoholic will never drink. There is […]

Accepting the Unacceptable

Accepting the Unacceptable

It has become almost something of a cliche in society nowadays to use the adage that you cannot cope with a problem unless you first admit it. Not that this is a new or a novel idea, but it is probably true that this sentiment has become much more powerful and widespread owing to the […]