Welcome to my new followers :) i’m sorry i’ve not been around much, but wanted to say thank you for following me! i hope you are all well and are staying strong <3
January 30, 2012
Giving it awayPage 30
”We must give freely and gratefully that which has been freely and gratefully given to us.”
Basic Text, p. 49
In recovery, we receive many gifts. Perhaps one of the greatest of these gifts is the spiritual awakening that begins when we stop using, growing stronger each day we apply the steps in our lives. The new spark of life within is a direct result of our new relationship with a Higher Power, a relationship initiated and developed by living the Twelve Steps. Slowly, as we pursue our program, the radiance of recovery dispels the darkness of our disease.
One of the ways we express our gratitude for the gifts of recovery is to help others find what we’ve found. We can do this in any number of ways: by sharing in meetings, making Twelfth Step calls, accepting a commitment to sponsorship, or volunteering for H&I or phoneline duty. The spiritual life given to us in recovery asks for expression, for “we can only keep what we have by giving it away.”
Just for Today: The gift of recovery grows when I share it. I will find someone with whom to share it.
January 13, 2012
Surrender to winPage 13
”Help for addicts begins only when we are able to admit complete defeat.”
Basic Text, p. 22
Complete defeat-what a concept! That must mean surrender. Surrender-to give up absolutely. To quit with no reservations. To put up our hands and quit fighting. Maybe to put up our hand at our first meeting and admit we’re addicts.
How do we know we’ve taken a First Step that will allow us to live drug-free? We know because, once we have taken that gigantic step, we never have to use again-just for today. That’s it. It’s not easy, but it’s very simple.
We work the First Step. We accept that, yes, we are addicts. “One is too many, and a thousand never enough.” We’ve proven that to ourselves enough times. We admit that we cannot handle drugs in any form. We admit it; we say it out loud, if necessary.
We take the First Step at the beginning of our day. For one day. This admission frees us, just for today, from the need to live out our addiction all over again. We’ve surrendered to this disease. We give up. We quit. But in quitting, we win. And that’s the paradox of the First Step: We surrender to win, and by surrendering we gain a far greater power than we ever imagined possible.
Just for Today: I admit that I am powerless over my addiction. I will surrender to win.
“Having had a spiritual awakening as a result of these steps…”
“How will I know when I have had a spiritual awakening?” For many of us, a spiritual awakening comes gradually. Perhaps our first spiritual awareness is as simple as a new…
Eminem was addicted to painkillers and prescription drugs for almost all of his career. He left the music industry for five years in which time he came just hours from death due to a drug overdose. Eminem has been sober for two years now and released the album Recovery which debuted at the top of the Billboards 100 Chart. Since the debut of Recovery, Eminem won the Grammy for Best Rap Album. It was the best-selling album of 2010 and has sold 5.7 million copies worldwide.
“I swear to god I’ll be the f’ing illest in this music
There is or there ever will be, disagree?
Feel free, but from now on I’m refusing to ever give up
The only thing I ever gave up is using. No more excuses.”
November 21, 2011