Addicted to AA

Friday, January 22nd, 2010
Bill W.

Bill W.

When we first got sober we set foot in the AA meeting and asked, begged, for help.  They told us to sit down and shut up, to go to meetings, find a sponsor, read the book, and be of service.  We were instructed to go to 90 meetings in 90 days.  The Big Book became our bible, and the fellowship became our family.  We became born-again sobriety enthusiasts; we lived off coffee and cake, spoke highly of our newfound philosophy.  Friends of Bill W were our friends, and we became disciples of Dr. Bob.  If AA bumper stickers wouldn’t betray our anonymity, they would surely be plastered across our bumpers.

Soon we were attending meetings morning noon and night.  In fact, we were at meetings more than we were home and at work combined.  Our sponsors came before our mothers on our speed dial; an evening without fellowship was a bad evening.  Program became what we lived for.  We had become hopelessly addicted to AA.

What do we do when we find that our passion for AA fills the hole that our addictions left behind?  When recovery becomes our drug of choice, where do we turn?  It is not uncommon for us to become overzealous with our sobriety.  Drugs and alcohol were the axis of evil, and AA became our saving grace.  It was only natural for us to cling to what made us feel so good.

But addiction takes many forms.  When we were out using, we were estranged from our families and ourselves.  Recovery shouldn’t function in the same way.  We go to meetings to heal, and heal those we have affected, not remain distant from them.  We practice the principles because we yearn to change our reckless behavior, not to make us even more separate from our loved ones.  The fellowship is meant to be a group to rely on, and not be dependent.  AA is a tool for equalization, and not division. We use it to enhance life, and not to replace it.

It is crucial to remember that as much as Dr. Bob was recklessly practicing medicine while under the influence, he didn’t give up his medical profession when he got sober.  Living life to the fullest is the message of AA.  AA provides a fellowship, as well as tools for healthy decision-making, so that we can take in all that life has to offer with those we care about.  You may be the secretary of your meeting, but don’t forget you are the CEO of your life.

Lessons Beyond Self-Destruction

Friday, January 15th, 2010
A New Begining

A New Begining

Tonight I listened to the meaningful words spoken by a renowned lecturer on the topic of self-destruction – an especially poignant and timely subject, one I’ve been pondering much about these days.  So many push on every day, driving themselves away from past afflictions and breaking through the challenges that rouse them from their former lives.

Recovery might symbolize a defining, lucid moment-when one wakes up to beautiful ambition — the ambition to pursue what’s fulfilling – and that which makes one honor their full potential.  After all, we’re all blessed with so much more to strive for than mediocrity.  And our bodies – which desire to be treated with due accord while present in this world as we know it, need the best tender love and care.

So what can we do?  How can we maintain our health – emotionally, spiritually and physically – as we shake our former habits and consider making changes and finding support?  Welcoming change – with all the emotional tumult it might stir – is the hardest thing of all… to come by… and to do.  Freeing ourselves from the reins of our self-destructive habits — addiction, pettiness, jealousy, or comparing our lives to those of others is possible.

Consider your goals. What you can do to stay on track? We might reframe our views with a simple change in belief, pushing through the inner opposition we feel – so that we can find depth and meaning… and let go of things that vex us – and our formerly destructive dialogues…

It is when we embrace these challenges and exert ourselves continuously and vigorously, in the face of setbacks, and see our efforts as paths to mastery, that we learn these important lessons.  They’re lessons that get us to think beyond our former realities, and develop ourselves fully.  Consider your curiosities and inspirations.  Listen to the stories by those who wish to tell them. If you choose to learn, I’m certain you’ll find your life changing quickly.

The next time you feel low, put yourself in a growth mindset and confront your self-destructive ways. Learn about addiction, and use it as a basis for growth and the change that follows. Remember disharmony brings the greatest of motivations, if you will for it to.

Free yourself with respect and initiative, and empower yourself with the basic elements of change: self-awareness, taking responsibility, authentic expression, group support and accountability. Stay centered with love and integrity and start with the good. Express appreciation and gratitude when asking yourself, “How much of me have I become?”

Welcome to the New CAST Recovery Blog!

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009

Let’s face it- nobody likes the average business blog. For this reason, we won’t bore you with updates about our new cappuccino machine or recycled content from our other websites. Instead, this blog will be the hub for the young and enthusiastic employees of CAST Recovery to express their passion for recovery from the disease of addiction.

This blog will document releases from our new ventures: CAST Media and CAST Advocacy.

CAST Media is our media outreach organization, with a mission to address the issues of addiction and prevention in a truthful, and maybe even fun, way. Remember the D.A.R.E. program? It won’t be like that.

CAST Advocacy is our social action organization. Our mission is to use online social media outlets to educate and advocate for the pressing issues of addiction and recovery. The internet has provided new and exciting opportunities to reach out to and rally large numbers of people over social and political causes – the many ’causes’ on Facebook with millions of members are evidence of this. We believe that issues of addiction and recovery are under-represented on the web and that it is our responsibility to reach out.

We hope that you will subscribe to our RSS feed and stick around for our updates.