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Newcomer / Re: Am I an addict?
« Last post by Monkey on Today at 12:55:14 AM »
should be a click on and it opens
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Newcomer / Re: Acceptance
« Last post by glennandina on May 02, 2015, 11:13:46 PM »
I'm learning all this every day and to let go of the guilt I feel for loosing my kids to cps because of my poor choices and I failed to protect them from everyone that hurt me.
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Newcomer / Re: What Drugs Can Do
« Last post by glennandina on May 02, 2015, 11:03:49 PM »
Well said when my husband came home he sent me  a letter saying goodbye to his drug of choice meth.we're both recovering meth addicts.here's some thing I wrote.
Goodbye to meth
I won't miss you when your fine
I've done you for so long
You took a hold of my life
Made me feel like I was married to you and my husband.
I wasn't sad to see you go.
There's more to life than holding on to that glass pipe.
You sucked me in for a while
But then when I blew you out that last time I said goodbye for good.
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Newcomer / Re: Am I an addict?
« Last post by glennandina on May 02, 2015, 10:54:35 PM »
Can't open this file so I can read it.
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Newcomer / Re: NA Literature
« Last post by glennandina on May 02, 2015, 10:47:26 PM »
Hello new here
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Meditations and ponderings / Re: Just For Today
« Last post by CD on May 02, 2015, 08:37:42 PM »

May 2 , 2015

Just maybe...

“There is one thing more than anything else that will defeat us in our recovery; this is an attitude of indifference or intolerance toward spiritual principles.”

Basic Text, p. 18

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When we first came to NA, many of us had great difficulty accepting the spiritual principles underlying this program—and for good reason.  No matter how we’d tried to control our addiction, we’d found ourselves powerless.  We grew angry and frustrated with anyone who suggested there was hope for us, because we knew better.  Spiritual ideas may have had some bearing on other peoples’ lives, but not on ours.

Despite our indifference or intolerance toward spiritual principles, we were drawn to Narcotics Anonymous.  There, we met other addicts.  They’d been where we’d been, powerless and hopeless, yet they’d found a way not only to stop using but to live and enjoy life clean.  They spoke of the spiritual principles that had pointed the way for them to this new life of recovery.  For them, these principles were not just theories but a part of their practical experience.  Yes, we had good reason to be skeptical, but these spiritual principles spoken of by other NA members really seemed to work.

Once we admitted this, we didn’t necessarily accept every single spiritual idea we heard.  But we did start to think that, if these principles had worked for others, just maybe they’d work for us, too.  For a beginning, that willingness was enough.

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Just for today:  Just maybe the spiritual principles I hear spoken of in NA might work for me.  I am willing, at least, to open my mind to the possibility.

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Meditations and ponderings / Re: Just For Today
« Last post by CD on May 01, 2015, 04:40:09 PM »
May 1 , 2015

Self-worth and service

“Being involved in service makes me feel worthwhile.”

 

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When most of us arrived in Narcotics Anonymous, we had very little self-worth left to salvage.  Many members say that they began to develop self-esteem through being of service early in their recovery.  Something just short of a miracle occurs when we begin to have a positive impact on others’ lives through our service efforts.

Most of us don’t have a lot of experience, strength, or hope to share at thirty days clean.  In fact, some members will tell us in no uncertain terms that what we can do best is listen.  But at thirty days, we do offer something to that addict just coming into the rooms of NA, struggling to get twenty-four hours clean.  The very newest NA member, the one with only the desire to stop using and none of the tools, can hardly imagine anyone staying clean for a year, or two years, or ten.  But he or she can relate to those people with thirty days clean, picking up a keytag with a look of pride and disbelief emblazoned on their faces.

Service is something that is our unique gift—something that no one can take away from us.  We give, and we get.  Through service, many of us start on the sometimes long road back to becoming productive members of society.

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Just for today:  I will be grateful for the opportunity to be of service.

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Meditations and ponderings / Re: Just For Today
« Last post by CD on April 30, 2015, 07:13:47 PM »

April 30 , 2015

God does for us

“Ongoing recovery is dependent on our relationship with a loving God who cares for us and will do for us what we find impossible to do for ourselves.”

Basic Text, p. 99

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How often have we heard it said in meetings that “God does for us what we cannot do for ourselves”?  At times we may get stuck in our recovery, unable, afraid, or unwilling to make the decisions we know we must make to move forward.  Perhaps we are unable to end a relationship that just isn’t working.  Maybe our job has become a source of too much conflict.  Or perhaps we feel we need to find a new sponsor but are afraid to begin the search.  Through the grace of our Higher Power, unexpected change may occur in precisely the area we felt unable to alter.

We sometimes allow ourselves to become stuck in the problem instead of moving forward toward the solution.  At these times, we often find that our Higher Power does for us what we cannot do for ourselves.  Perhaps our partner decides to end our relationship.  We may get fired or laid off.  Or our sponsor tells us that he or she can no longer work with us, forcing us to look for a new one.

Sometimes what occurs in our lives can be frightening, as change often seems.  But we also hear that “God never closes a door without opening another one.”  As we move forward with faith, the strength of our Higher Power is never far from us.  Our recovery is strengthened by these changes.

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Just for today:  I trust that the God of my understanding will do for me what I cannot do for myself.

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Meditations and ponderings / Re: Just For Today
« Last post by CD on April 29, 2015, 08:40:45 PM »
April 29 , 2015

“What if...”

“Living just for today relieves the burden of the past and the fear of the future.  We learned to take whatever actions are necessary and to leave the results in the hands of our Higher Power.”

Basic Text, p. 94

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In our active addiction, fear of the future and what might happen was a reality for many of us.  What if we got arrested? lost our job? our spouse died? we went bankrupt? and on, and on, and on.  It was not unusual for us to spend hours, even whole days thinking about what might happen.  We played out entire conversations and scenarios before they ever occurred, then charted our course on the basis of “what if...”  By doing this, we set ourselves up for disappointment after disappointment.

From listening in meetings, we learn that living in the present, not the world of “what if,” is the only way to short-circuit our self-fulfilling prophecies of doom and gloom.  We can only deal with what is real today, not our fearful fantasies of the future.

Coming to believe that our Higher Power has only the best in store for us is one way we can combat that fear.  We hear in meetings that our Higher Power won’t give us more than we can handle in one day.  And we know from experience that, if we ask, the God we’ve come to understand will surely care for us.  We stay clean through adverse situations by practicing our faith in the care of a Power greater than ourselves.  Each time we do, we become less fearful of “what if” and more comfortable with what is.

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Just for today:  I will look forward to the future with faith in my Higher Power.

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Meditations and ponderings / Re: Just For Today
« Last post by CD on April 25, 2015, 05:48:32 PM »

April 25 , 2015

Embracing reality

“Recovery is a reality for us today.”

Basic Text, p. 101

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Pain and misery were realities in our using lives.  We were unwilling either to accept our living situation or to change what was unacceptable in our lives.  We attempted to escape life’s pain by taking drugs, but using only compounded our troubles.  Our altered sense of reality became a nightmare.

Through living the program of Narcotics Anonymous, we learn that our dreams can replace our nightmares.  We grow and change.  We acquire the freedom of choice.  We are able to give and receive love.  We can share honestly about ourselves, no longer magnifying or minimizing the truth.  We accept the challenges real life offers us, facing them in a mature, responsible way.

Although recovery does not give us immunity from the realities of life, in the NA Fellowship we can find the support, genuine care, and concern we need to face those realities.  We need never hide from reality by using drugs again, for our unity with other recovering addicts gives us strength.  Today, the support, the care, and the empathy of recovery give us a clean, clear window through which to view, experience, and appreciate reality as it is.

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Just for today:  A gift of my recovery is living and enjoying life as it truly is.  Today, I will embrace reality.

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