The Daily Reader for Compulsive Debtors and Spenders

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Getting Out from Going Under eBook (Small)The Daily Reader for Compulsive Debtors and Spenders is filled with practical tips, inspiration, and a thought for each day to encourage and motivate you to stay on the path of recovery.

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A (Hopefully) Brief Hiatus

For the next 30 days, at least, I’m going to be offline. If you have followed the blog, you know I have been disabled by dizziness/lightheadedness since 2010. Lately, it has really become unbearable and gets much worse on the computer.

In 2013, I had a consult with Dr. Smith, a UK doctor ( who believes that visual/mental processing (computer, reading, TV, writing, phone, etc.) needs to be drastically reduced (i.e., eliminated) to heal issues like mine. I wasn’t willing for two years, but now, I’m desperate because it has gone on for so long and is getting worse.

This is really going to be tough! But I’m so tired of being disabled by dizzines that I need to give this extreme treatment approach a real try. I’m figuring out the logistics, so will probably start Sunday or Monday. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that this is the path to finally finding some relief.

Dr. Smith says that this is just a temporary pause to allow the body to heal. So I’m hoping to be back in weeks, not months!

In the meantime, you’ll find hundreds of posts with information, inspiration, instructions, and guidance to help you work your DA program, the tools, and Steps. Click the Posts by Title tab in the Navigation menu, scan the sidebar for topics by category, or search for your topic.

And check out the Daily Reader for Compulsive Debtors and Spenders and Five Year Recovery Journal for daily inspiration you can carry with you.

In the meantime, my hopes for all of us are to stay committed to living within our means without incurring new unsecured debt one day at a time no matter what challenges we face!

New Debtors Anonymous 12 Step Booklet

Here is the information about the brand new booklet that took 15 years to come to fruition:

With deepest gratitude, Debtors Anonymous is pleased to announce the availability of our own conference-approved Step book: The Twelve Steps of the Debtors Anonymous

Available in a booklet format, this work is the result of 15 years of loving collaboration between members of our Fellowship and a Higher Power that guides us.

Each booklet sells for $7.00 a piece; 10 booklets for $60.00; or 20 booklets for $100.00. Literature Order forms can be found at the Debtors Anonymous website or by clicking here for a printable PDF form.

Please share at your meetings.

Click here for a sample page (PDF).

Anger vs. Resentment

I recently published a children’s book for ages 7-9 about how our behavior can affect our relationships, and a question about anger came up from my brother after he read it.

The basic story is about the friendship between a grouchy bear (Ben) and a friendly mouse (Max), whose positive influence on the bear has turned him into a forest favorite. All the animals love listening to the bear tell stories. A sly fox (is there any other kind?) named Sylvester comes to the forest and wants to be the center of attention. To do so, he decides he has to get rid of the bear.
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(Discretionary) Urgency is Our Enemy

It has recently become clear to me that urgency is one of the most powerful tools in the arsenal of weapons used by our disease to trick us into relapse. Along with adrenaline, urgency is a powerful drug that can drive us to behave counter to our best interests, blinding us to the potential consequences of acting while in its clutches.
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DA Fellowship Day 8/8/15

This year’s DA World Service Fellowship Day phone conference will focus on the Twelve Steps. To be added to the DA phone list and receive these announcements, go to The signup form is in the middle of the Home page.

Here are the details:

2015 D.A. World Service Conference
WSC Fellowship Day Workshops Again Offered By Phone

For the fifth year in a row, a portion of the Fellowship Day at the annual Debtors Anonymous World Service Conference will be available to D.A. members worldwide via telephone conference call.
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