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Recovery is Dependence

In Recovery and Redemption Articles by Brandon Sutton

Recovery is Dependence As I was taking my daughter to kindergarten today, she started talking about where we should place the Christmas Tree in our house this year. Why? I have no idea. Five-year-old brains are interesting. As we discussed the placement of the tree, …

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Step 3

In Recovery and Redemption Articles by Brandon Sutton

Step 3 We’re working our way through the 12 Steps of Recovery. In step one, we admit our powerlessness over sin and complete inability to set ourselves free. In step two, then, we come to grips with the reality that God alone has the power …

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Step Two: Believe

In Recovery and Redemption Articles by Brandon Sutton

Step Two: Believe In step one, we admit our powerlessness over our sin. In essence, we wave the white flag. Total surrender to the fact that we cannot beat sin by ourselves is essential to mastering it. If we think we can somehow manage our …

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Step One

In Recovery and Redemption Articles by Brandon Sutton

Step One In Alcoholics Anonymous, step one reads, “We admitted we were powerless over alcohol, that our lives had become unmanageable.”  That’s good and true (for me at least), but it doesn’t go far enough. My problem is far more than alcohol. I struggle with …

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Step Three: Trust

In Recovery and Redemption Articles by Brandon Sutton

Step Three: Trust I remember working the steps with my sponsor. When we got to step three, we went into the church sanctuary and kneeled at the altar. As I bowed my knee, I repeated a prayer found in the AA big book. “God, I …

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Relapse and How to Avoid It

In Recovery and Redemption Articles by Brandon Sutton

Relapse and How to Avoid It One of the greatest threats to the recovering addict is relapse. For most people in recovery, it’s happened to them multiple times. Very few people get sober the first time and stay sober for the rest of their lives. …