Welcome to the Dream Center Alumni Newsletter!
Thank you for being a valued member of the Dream Center for Recovery community! As an Alumni of Dream Center, we want to make sure to keep in touch and let you know about the fun and exciting events going on at Dream Center for Recovery!
We invite you to join us for our monthly Alumni Meeting at Dream Center for Recovery Friday July 17, 2015 at 5:30PM at the center, and will be hosted by Young People in Recovery from Delray Beach. We are excited to announce our second Alumni event which you will find below in the Events section. If you have any questions or suggestions on how we can keep improving the Alumni Program please email Alumni Coordinator Sarah Hall at email@example.com
We look forward to seeing you!
STEP OF THE MONTH: THE 7TH STEP
The seventh step of Alcoholics Anonymous reads “Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.” The 12 Steps and 12 Traditions shares “The Seventh Step is where we make the change in our attitude which permits us, with humility as our guide, to move out from ourselves toward others and toward God. The whole emphasis of Step Seven is on humility.”
The 7th Step Prayer:
I am now willing that You should have all of me,
good and bad.
I pray that You now remove from me
every single defect of character which stands in the way
of my usefulness to You and my fellows.
Grant me strength, as I go out from here,
to do Your bidding.
Some of our clients have shared their experience with the 7th with us:
Matthew N. shares his experience:
“It has been my experience that through working the 12 steps of AA well the 8 that I have completed so far with the help of a sponsor since returning home in November of 2014 from my treatment at the Dream Center for Recovery. I have found a tremendous change has taken place in my life. Before my stay at DCR and becoming an active member of AA I lived a life that required that I drank and drugged. I had a tremendous amount of shame, guilt and fear I lived with day-in and day out I had no hope and no plan for myself as to how to put down the alcohol and drugs that where tearing my life apart. I thought that my problems with alcohol and drug addiction was a problem of will power. How I have come to find out through working with a sponsor and reading the literature of Alcoholics Anonymous (the Big Book) that my problem of addiction was not one of will power at all. My problem was one of a spiritual and mental affliction coupled with the physical elements of craving and abnormality. I could not understand how to change my behavior no matter how hard I tried or wished to stop. It seemed that the harder I tried not to drink or drug the more I failed. I knew that alcohol and drugs where destroying my life and causing me to lose all the things in it that I valued and worked for. My past is a perfect example of how much my addiction is willing to take from me. I have been kicked out or failed out of two university been arrested and incarcerated numerous times lost my ability to serve as a member of our nations armed forces and suffered the consequences of two DUI convictions. But more painful than the money time and opportunities my addiction has cost me is the pain. I have caused those who love me the most my friends and family. Addiction caused me to come to the very edge of losing my family my beautiful new born daughter and my fiance because of all my countless lies and manipulation. The only thing I have come to find that pulled me out of the incomprehensible demoralization of my inability to stop drinking and drugging on my own, for the last 7 or 8 years of my life is God. I mentioned that threw working with a sponsor in AA a solution for my problems was out lined for me. It started with admitting my powerlessness over “MY abilities” to quit on my own and culminated in the idea that God was the only one who had the power to help save me. I had been to an intensive out- patient program for 9 months which failed to help me stop drinking, getting locked up, and having two DUI’s within a month of each other did not get me to stop drinking. It has only been in working the steps of AA that I have found any relief from my constant need to drink. In step 7 of the 12 step program in AA it says that we humbly asked God to remove our short comings. In my experience with this step is that it works the God of my understanding is the only being that has had the power to remove from me my shortcomings. Which have always led me back to a drink or drug. It only seems like in 8 short months. God was doing for me what I could never do for myself in the 8 years I have struggled with my addiction which is to relive my obsessions and cravings to drink and drug and keep me sober for what is the longest period of time ever in my entire life. I can also say it has not been a struggle to do so in any way as I have experienced in the past when I have tried on my own to stop drinking, or even moderate the amount I drank and as I’m sure those who also suffer from addiction can relate. I have not had the feeling of “white knuckling it ” or having every fiber of my being scream for alcohol or drugs to the point where no human being could hold out any longer. In fact it is as the Big Book of AA talks about I am truly happy, joyous and free of my addiction. I can be in the same room as those who are drinking and not have to fight to keep from taking one myself, I actually don’t want to drink. I can see beer in my In-laws house and not obsess about drinking it. I can even more astonishingly say no when someone offers or asked me if I would like a drink this new found straight. I know is not coming from myself because I am an Alcoholic a true Alcoholic and I have never turned down free liquor before in my life in fact quite the opposite. I can remember times when I have told myself, even sworn to myself on everything I love that I will not drink today, just to fine myself with a bottle or glass in my hand as soon as someone has said ” would you like a drink” sometimes people would not even have to ask I could just see people drinking. In the past without hesitation my answer has always been yes even though my convictions are the complete opposite. I will close with this if you are someone like myself who struggles with the inability to stay sober for a month a week a day or even an hour in spite of the consequence we know it will have on our lives. make use of the strength and power of a God of your understanding to help you resist that urge the next time you find yourself in any situation, feelings places or around any people where in the past you have found yourself paralyzed with the thought or craving to use alcohol or drugs to change the uncomfortable way you feel inside. You might just really try letting go and letting God keep you safe from yourself and your thoughts and you may just be surprised at how things play out I have been.” -Matthew N