My Difficulty With Finding A Higher Power

February 3, 2012
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“Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.” –Step 2, Alcoholics Anonymous For my Step 2 work, my sponsor told me to write a blog entry on my ongoing difficulty with the Higher Power concept. Like most new AA members, this is very hard for me. And as an […]

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Anxiety, Panic Attacks and Alcoholism: The Vicious Cycle

January 30, 2012
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I Used Alcohol To Combat Anxiety, But Alcohol Itself Causes Anxiety In 2006, I suffered my first full blown panic attack. I remember it like it was yesterday. I was reading a bedtime story to my son and felt this weird flip-flopping in my chest. My heart was doing somersaults. Having never experienced any type […]

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Reality Check: My First Al-Anon Meeting

January 27, 2012

Alcoholism is a family disease. I had dinner with my dad the other night, and he was going to take me to an AA meeting after. Over dinner, we were talking about Al-Anon and how it has really helped him. I’ve been wanting to go to an Al-Anon meeting for awhile now, so I suggested […]

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“Keeping Sober Is The Most Important Thing In My Life”

January 22, 2012

When I was at Hazelden, each morning the unit rose at 6:30AM, gathered together and read passages from the Hazelden Twenty Four Hours A Day Book. (There’s even an Iphone app for it!). Every morning, we read the passage from January 6th. I call this the “daily look in the mirror” passage, and for me […]

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Alcoholism vs. Dick: The Case of Powerlessness Over Alcohol

January 21, 2012

As a homework assignment for Step One work, my sponsor told me to read Step 1 out of the 12 and 12 Book, and to write one story about how I was powerless over alcohol. Geez, which story should I pick? There are so many…. Then this thought came into my head. Of course I […]

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Humiliation Leads To Humility In Recovery

January 18, 2012

For me, drinking alcoholically lead to a great deal of private and public humiliation. I have had a hard time dealing with the resulting shame and guilt. This, in turn, contributed to my drinking to escape those bad feelings. Spiritual growth and real recovery, however, occurs as a result of our failures, not successes. For […]

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Acceptance: The Foundation For Recovery

January 16, 2012

“We admitted we were powerless over alcohol — that our lives had become unmanageable.” Step One: Alcoholics Anonymous For me, admitting that I was powerless over alcohol — more accurately, alcoholism  — has been the single most difficult thing to accept in my recovery. However, without a complete acceptance of powerlessness over my alcoholism, there […]

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It’s Saturday Night Live!

January 15, 2012

When you are a recovering alcoholic in early sobriety, you need to make getting to AA meetings a top priority. Even on Saturday night. And even when there’s a huge NFL playoff game on like last night. One of my favorite local AA meetings starts at 7pm on Saturday night while the “normies” are just […]

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My Hazelden Experience: The Power of the Peer Group and Fellowship

January 14, 2012

“One foot in, for those left out…right foot here for us. God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference. So be it!” My peers and I at the Hazelden Treatment Center said this variation of the […]

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“90 In 90”– 90 Meetings In 90 Days

January 14, 2012

If you are just entering AA, a substance abuse counselor or AA member may have recommended doing “90 in 90.” That means attending 90 AA meetings in 90 days. It may seem like a lot of meetings and overwhelming to the beginner AA member. But they say in the program that you should attend however […]

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The “High Functioning” Attorney Alcoholic

January 14, 2012

I came across this post in the Lawyerist today about how alcoholic attorneys are typically “high functioning.” The author outlines some typical characteristics of “high-functioning” alcoholics: Denial Living a double life of inward feeling compared with outward image Drinking habits including cravings and black-outs Capable of staying employed and high academic achievement Capable of sustained […]

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Commitment To A Local Detox Unit

January 14, 2012

The other day, I attended my AA home chapter’s weekly “commitment,” or service project, to a local hospital detox unit. It reminded me of my time at Hazelden where the first 24 hours are spent in a monitored detox area where the nurses would check on you every 6 hours. My sponsor said it would […]

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The Importance of an AA Sponsor

January 9, 2012

If I had a dollar for every time someone told me “Get a sponsor” when I first came into AA, I would be very rich. Did I listen? Of course not. I didn’t need a sponsor, I told myself. Sound familiar to anyone listening? When I came out of Hazelden last summer, I did pick […]

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The Journey Begins (Again)

January 8, 2012

Welcome to the Sober Lawyer Blog. I started this Blog to document my personal journey through recovery and sobriety as a recovering alcoholic attorney. In accordance with AA’s policy of anonymity, I will refer to myself as “Dick.” I thought it was fitting, because when I am drinking, I can be the biggest “Dick” ever. […]

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