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Sebastian Reed
Sebastian Reed

AA Far From Home (my Story continued)


Our program uses the latest in relational and cognitive therapies, inter-woven with principles of the 12-step spiritual growth program set out by Alcoholics Anonymous. Cost for treatment can be a major hurdle, which keeps people from seeking the help they need. As a non-profit, BTCRO has a long history of working with clients, with insurance providers, and with government agencies to find a path to recovery. BTCRO is proud to offer high quality, affordable care with a variety of payment options from government funding, sliding scale payments, private insurance and private-pay. With the help of donor support, we are able to help hundreds of adults per year. The economic impact of each success cannot be overstated.




AA Far From Home (my story continued)


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Prioritizing Anticorruption and Bringing Transparency to the Financial System. The global scourge of corruption corrodes public trust; hobbles effective governance; distorts markets and equitable access to services; undercuts development efforts; and contributes to national fragility, extremism, and migration. The Biden-Harris Administration is determined to hold corrupt actors accountable, both at home and abroad, and to prevent authoritarians and kleptocrats from parking their ill-gotten wealth in the United States, bringing additional transparency to the U.S. and international financial systems.


Reverse mortgage loans typically must be repaid either when you move out of the home or when you die. However, you may not need to immediately pay it back if you are away from your home for more than 12 consecutive months in a healthcare facility or have a co-borrower or Eligible Non-Borrowing Spouse living in the home.


I'm a former Associated Press sportswriter whose journalism career began in 1969 after graduating from Syracuse University with B.A. degrees in newspaper journalism and political science. My 38 books include ghostwritten autobiographies of Ron Blomberg, Milo Hamilton, and Al Clark plus The New Baseball Bible, a 424-page offbeat illustrated history published in 2017. My byline has appeared in The Sporting News, Baseball Digest, USA TODAY Sports Weekly, and the official All-Star and World Series programs. I received five first-place prizes from the Garden State Journalists Association at its annual dinner on May 23, 2018.


Those of us who enter a 12 step recovery program such as AA and NA may eventually be charged with the task of telling our stories to others. This may be in the form of a speaking meeting, or it may simply be a situation in which we feel as if another recovering addict or alcoholic may benefit from our counsel. Telling your story can be a frightening prospect if you have trouble opening up to others, but it is a skill that everyone should have in their wheelhouse if they intend to stay in recovery for the long haul.


This is a major concern, as you are essentially running the risk of telling an hour-long war story. While you may have many gut-wrenching tales from your childhood and from your addiction, focusing on them for the full length of your share will leave your listeners with no light at the end of the tunnel. They will walk away lamenting their own similar stories, rather than embracing the joy they have discovered in sobriety.


Many of us have tried to quit drinking or abusing drugs on our own, only for some outside influence to finally push us in the right direction. Noting this in your story may convince newcomers who struggle with the stubbornness that taking suggestions from others can change their very lives.


You may have accepted your powerlessness and unmanageability from the very moment you decided to get sober. But some of us have entered rehabilitation against our wills due to legal issues or family ultimatums, only to reach a point of acceptance after the fact. If this has been the case for you, then you will need to remember it when telling your story.


Telling your story is the task at hand. There is no need to keep it going once the tale is complete. If you have been honest and fulfilled the task of telling others what it was like, what happened, and what things are like now, then you have been successful. No one will ask any more of you. And hopefully, one or two just may stay sober through the inspiration they have received from your honesty.


Toddlers love to look at homemade books, scrapbooks, or photo albums full of people they know (try adding simple captions). Poetry and songbooks are good choices for this age group too. You may find that story time turns into sing-along time.


Visit the library or the bookstore and let your child pick books to read at home. Many libraries and bookstores have toddler story times that kids enjoy. And let your child see you reading for fun. It's a great way to be your toddler's reading role model.


In addition to learning about U.S. history, my mom and I learned about one crucial component of becoming Americans: You must have the ability to handle the distance from your home country, from loved ones, and from yourself.


My mother took ten years to afford our first trip home, after that initial flight in 1991 took us further away from the Philippines in ways we never expected. She spent years apart from her parents, her siblings, and her own daughter, missing countless milestones in their lives.


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