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What is the test to tell if we are following the program correctly? First, the most important part is are we physically sober? If we are continuing to drink we are not even on the first step of the program. After we know without a doubt that we can’t drink like other people we can move on to the other steps.

The next part of sobriety is knowing that without help from others, we most likely won’t make it either. That is the second step of the programs of AA/NA. At first we may use our sponsor or our home group as a whole as the power greater than ourselves to get us into right thinking and acting. That power, often times, morphs itself into something greater. Something that is not human and we can not describe.

The third step of our program has us turn our thoughts and our actions over to that power. This can seem like a big task. We assure you that it is not. We don’t have to complicate this step. We only need to ask for help for the 24 hours ahead of us. We ask that we think and act on a plane that is spiritual. We ask that we treat others the way we would like to be treated. After time turning our will and our lives over to the care of God means different things to different people.

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    Brilliant – For Amy Winhouse
    by Russell Brand

    For Amy
    July 24th, 2011
    When you love someone who suffers from the disease of addiction you await the phone call. There will be a phone call. The sincere hope is that the call will be from the addict themselves, telling you they’ve had enough, that they’re ready to stop, ready to try something new. Of course though, you fear the other call, the sad nocturnal chime from a friend or relative telling you it’s too late, she’s gone.
    Frustratingly it’s not a call you can ever make it must be received. It is impossible to intervene.

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