I received a short-notice invitation to go to Nashville for the SOAR8 (Region Eight) Recovery Convention so I packed my bag, my food, and my water and headed straight into a very full weekend of recovery. The theme of the assembly was “Tune into the Principles.” As a newcomer to OA, I was at first not familiar with the Principles and how they relate to recovery, but I learned that they are character assets, unlike the character defects this program removes from us. One speaker suggested that the Principles are ways of describing our Higher Power. Each speaker shared experience,

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