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Re: Just For Today
« Reply #1006 on: December 28, 2013, 02:42:41 PM »
December 28 , 2013

Depression

“We are no longer fighting fear, anger, guilt, self-pity, or depression.”

Basic Text, p. 27

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As addicts, many of us experience depression from time to time.  When we feel depressed, we may be tempted to isolate ourselves.  However, if we do this, our depression may turn to despair.  We can’t afford to let depression lead us back to using.

Instead, we try to go about the routine of our lives.  We make meeting attendance and contact with our sponsor top priorities.  Sharing with others about our feelings may let us know we aren’t the only ones who have been depressed in recovery.  Working with a newcomer can work wonders for our own state of mind.  And, most importantly, prayer and meditation can help us tap the power we need to survive depression.

We practice acceptance and remember that feelings like depression will unquestionably pass in time.  Rather than struggle with our feelings, we accept them and ask for the strength to walk through them.

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Just for today:  I accept that my feelings of depression won’t last forever.  I will talk openly about my feelings with my sponsor or another person who understands.

 

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Re: Just For Today
« Reply #1005 on: December 26, 2013, 03:44:12 PM »
December 26 , 2013

Never-failing Power

“As we learn to trust this Power, we begin to overcome our fear of life.”

Basic Text, p. 25

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We are people accustomed to placing all our eggs in one basket.  Many of us had one particular drug of choice that was our favorite.  We relied on it to get us through each day and make life bearable.  We were faithful to that drug; in fact, we committed ourselves to it without reservation.  And then it turned on us.  We had been betrayed by the only thing we had ever depended on, and the betrayal left us floundering.

Now that we’ve stumbled into the rooms of recovery, we may be tempted to rely on another human being to meet our needs.  We may expect this from our sponsor, our lover, or our best friend.  But dependence on human beings is risky.  They fall short of perfection.  They may be on vacation, sleeping, or in a bad mood when we need them.

Our dependence must rest on a Power greater than ourselves.  No human force can restore our sanity, care for our will and our lives, or be unconditionally available and loving whenever we are in need.  We place our trust in the God of our understanding, for only that Power will never fail us.

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Just for today:  I will place my trust in a Power greater than myself, for only that Power will never let me down.

 

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Re: Just For Today
« Reply #1004 on: December 25, 2013, 09:28:28 AM »
December 25 , 2013

Anonymity and self-will

“The drive for personal gain... which brought so much pain in the past falls by the wayside if we adhere to the principle of anonymity.”

Basic Text, p. 76

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The word anonymity itself means namelessness, but there’s a larger principle at work in the anonymity of the NA program: the principle of selflessness.  When we admit our powerlessness to manage our own lives, we take our first step away from self-will and our first step toward selflessness.  The less we try to run our lives on self-will, the more we find the power and direction once so sorely lacking in our lives.

But the principle of selflessness does a lot more than just make us feel better—it helps us live better.  Our ideas of how the world should be run begin to lose their importance, and we stop trying to impose our will on everyone and everything around us.  And when we abandon our “know-it-all” pretensions and start recognizing the value of other people’s experience, we start treating them with respect.  The interests of others become as important to us as our own; we start to think about what’s best for the group, rather than just what’s best for us.  We start living a life that’s bigger than we are, that’s more than just us, our name, ourself—we start living the principle of anonymity.

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Just for today:  God, please free me from self-will.  Help me understand the principle of anonymity; help me to live selflessly.

 

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Re: Just For Today
« Reply #1003 on: December 23, 2013, 10:09:52 AM »
December 23 , 2013

New ideas

“We reevaluate our old ideas so we can become acquainted with the new ideas that lead to a new way of life.”

Basic Text, p. 94

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Learning to live a new way of life can be difficult.  Sometimes, when the going gets especially hard, we’re tempted to follow the path of least resistance and live by our old ideas again.  We forget that our old ideas were killing us.  To live a new way of life, we need to open our minds to new ideas.

Working the steps, attending meetings, sharing with others, trusting a sponsor—these suggestions may meet our resistance, even our rebellion.  The NA program requires effort, but each step in the program brings us closer to becoming the kinds of people we truly want to be.  We want to change, to grow, to become something more than we are today.  To do that, we open our minds, try on the new ideas we’ve found in NA, and learn to live a new way of life.

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Just for today:  I will open my mind to new ideas and learn to live my life in a new way.

 

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Re: Just For Today
« Reply #1002 on: December 22, 2013, 10:11:31 AM »
December 22  , 2013

A new way to live

“When at the end of the road we find that we can no longer function as a human being, either with or without drugs, we all face the same dilemma....  Either go on as best we can to the bitter ends—jails, institutions, or death—or find a new way to live.”

Basic Text, p. 87

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What was the worst aspect of active addiction?  For many of us, it wasn’t the chance that we might die some day of our disease.  The worst part was the living death we experienced every day, the never-ending meaninglessness of life.  We felt like walking ghosts, not living, loving parts of the world around us.

In recovery, we’ve come to believe that we’re here for a reason: to love ourselves and to love others.  In working the Twelve Steps, we have learned to accept ourselves.  With that self-acceptance has come self-respect.  We have seen that everything we do has an effect on others; we are a part of the lives of those around us, and they of ours.  We’ve begun to trust other people and to acknowledge our responsibility to them.

In recovery, we’ve come back to life.  We maintain our new lives by contributing to the welfare of others and seeking each day to do that better—that’s where the Tenth, Eleventh, and Twelfth Steps come in.  The days of living like a ghost are past, but only so long as we actively seek to be healthy, loving, contributing parts of our own lives and the lives of others around us.

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Just for today:  I have found a new way to live.  Today, I will seek to serve others with love and to love myself.

 

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Re: Just For Today
« Reply #1001 on: December 21, 2013, 02:59:22 PM »

December 21 , 2013

Acceptance and change

“Freedom to change seems to come after acceptance of ourselves.”

Basic Text, p. 58

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Fear and denial are the opposites of acceptance.  None of us are perfect, even in our own eyes; all of us have certain traits that, given the chance, we would like to change.  We sometimes become overwhelmed when contemplating how far short we fall of our ideals, so overwhelmed that we fear there’s no chance of becoming the people we’d like to be.  That’s when our defense mechanism of denial kicks in, taking us to the opposite extreme: nothing about ourselves needs changing, we tell ourselves, so why worry?  Neither extreme gives us the freedom to change.

Whether we are long-time NA members or new to recovery, the freedom to change is acquired by working the Twelve Steps.  When we admit our powerlessness and the unmanageability of our lives, we counteract the lie that says we don’t have to change.  In coming to believe that a Power greater than we are can help us, we lose our fear that we are damaged beyond repair; we come to believe we can change.  We turn ourselves over to the care of the God of our understanding and tap the strength we need to make a thorough, honest examination of ourselves.  We admit to God, to ourselves, and to another human being what we’ve found.  We accept the good and the bad in ourselves; with this acceptance, we become free to change.

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Just for today:  I want to change.  By working the steps, I will counter fear and denial and find the acceptance needed to change.

 

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Re: Just For Today
« Reply #1000 on: December 20, 2013, 11:03:22 AM »
December 20 , 2013

Overcoming self-obsession

“In living the steps, we begin to let go of our self-obsession.”

Basic Text, p. 97

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Many of us came to the program convinced that our feelings, our wants, and our needs were of the utmost importance to everyone.  We had practiced a lifetime of self-seeking, self-centered behavior and believed it was the only way to live.

That self-centeredness doesn’t cease just because we stop using drugs.  Perhaps we attend our first NA function and are positive that everyone in the room is watching us, judging us, and condemning us.  We may demand that our sponsor be on call to listen to us whenever we want—and they, in turn, may gently suggest that the world does not revolve around us.  The more we insist on being the center of the universe, the less satisfied we will be with our friends, our sponsor, and everything else.

Freedom from self-obsession can be found through concentrating more on the needs of others and less on our own.  When others have problems, we can offer help.  When newcomers need rides to meetings, we can pick them up.  When friends are lonely, we can spend time with them.  When we find ourselves feeling unloved or ignored, we can offer the love and attention we need to someone else.  In giving, we receive much more in return—and that’s a promise we can trust.

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Just for today:  I will share the world with others, knowing they are just as important as I am.  I will nourish my spirit by giving of myself.

 

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Re: Just For Today
« Reply #999 on: December 18, 2013, 04:02:52 PM »
December 18 , 2013

The message of our meetings

“The fact that we, each and every group, focus on carrying the message provides consistency; addicts can count on us.”

Basic Text, p. 68

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Tales of our antics in active addiction may be funny.  Stories of our old bizarre reactions to life when using may be interesting.  But they tend to carry the mess more than the message.  Philosophical arguments on the nature of God are fascinating.  Discussions of current controversies have their place—however, it’s not at an NA meeting.

Those times when we grow disgusted with meetings and find ourselves complaining that “they don’t know how to share” or “it was another whining session” are probably an indication that we need to take a good, hard look at how we share.

What we share about how we got into recovery and how we stayed here through practicing the Twelve Steps is the real message of recovery.  That’s what we are all looking for when we go to a meeting.  Our primary purpose is to carry the message to the still-suffering addict, and what we share at meetings can either contribute significantly to this effort or detract greatly.  The choice, and the responsibility, is ours.

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Just for today:  I will share my recovery at an NA meeting.

 

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Re: Just For Today
« Reply #998 on: December 17, 2013, 02:47:16 PM »

December 17  , 2013

Service motives

“Everything that occurs in the course of NA service must be motivated by the desire to more successfully carry the message of recovery to the addict who still suffers.”

Basic Text, p. xxvi

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Our motives are often a surprise to us.  In our early days of recovery, they were almost always a surprise!  We’ve learned to check our motives through prayer, meditation, the steps, and talking to our sponsor or other addicts.  When we find ourselves with an especially strong urge to do or have something, it’s particularly important to check our motives to find out what we really want.

In early recovery, many of us throw ourselves into service with great fervor before we have started the regular practice of motive-checking.  It takes awhile before we become aware of the real reasons for our zeal.  We may want to impress others, show off our talents, or be recognized and important.  Now, these desires may not be harmful in another setting, expressed through another outlet.  In NA service, however, they can do serious damage.

When we decide to serve NA, we make a decision to help addicts find and maintain recovery.  We have to carefully check our motives in service, remembering that it’s much easier to frighten away using addicts than to convince them to stay.  When we show them game-playing, manipulation, or pomposity, we present an unattractive picture of recovery.  However, the unselfish desire to serve others creates an atmosphere that is attractive to the addict who still suffers.

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Just for today:  I will check my motives for the true spirit of service.

 

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Re: Just For Today
« Reply #997 on: December 16, 2013, 01:29:06 PM »

December 16 , 2013

Where there’s smoke...

“Complacency is the enemy of members with substantial clean time.  If we remain complacent for long, the recovery process ceases.”

Basic Text, p. 84

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Recognizing complacency in our recovery is like seeing smoke in a room.  The “smoke” thickens when our meeting attendance drops, contact with newcomers decreases, or relations with our sponsor aren’t maintained.  With continued complacency, we won’t be able to see through the smoke to find our way out.  Only our immediate response will prevent an inferno.

We must learn to recognize the smoke of complacency.  In NA, we have all the help we need to do that.  We need to spend time with other recovering addicts because they may detect our complacency before we do.  Newcomers will remind us of how painful active addiction can be.  Our sponsor will help us remain focused, and recovery literature kept in easy reach can be used to extinguish the small flare-ups that happen from time to time.  Regular participation in our recovery will surely enable us to see that wisp of smoke long before it becomes a major inferno.

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Just for today:  I will participate in the full range of my recovery.  My commitment to NA is just as strong today as it was in the beginning of my recovery.

 

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Re: Just For Today
« Reply #996 on: December 15, 2013, 10:13:07 AM »

December 15 , 2013

The joy of sharing

“There is a spiritual principle of giving away what we have been given in Narcotics Anonymous in order to keep it.  By helping others to stay clean, we enjoy the benefit of the spiritual wealth that we have found.”

Basic Text, p. 49

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Time and again in our recovery, others have freely shared with us what was freely shared with them.  Perhaps we were the recipients of a Twelfth Step call.  Maybe someone picked us up and took us to our first meeting.  It could be that someone bought us dinner when we were new.  All of us have been given time, attention, and love by our fellow members.  We may have asked someone, “What can I do to repay you?”  And the answer we received was probably a suggestion that we do the same for a newer member when we were able.

As we maintain our clean time and recovery, we find ourselves wanting to do for others the things that someone did for us, and happy that we can.  If we heard the message while in a hospital or institution, we can join our local H&I subcommittee.  Perhaps we can volunteer on the NA helpline.  Or we can give of our time, attention, and love to a newcomer we are trying to help.

We’ve been given much in our recovery.  One of the greatest of these gifts is the privilege of sharing with others what’s been shared with us, with no expectation of reward.  It’s a joy to find we have something that can be of use to others, and that joy is multiplied when we share it.  Today we can do so, freely and gratefully.

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Just for today:  I have been given much in my recovery, and I am deeply grateful for it.  I will take joy in being able to share it with others as freely as it was shared with me.

 

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Re: Just For Today
« Reply #995 on: December 14, 2013, 01:36:51 PM »
December 14 , 2013

Addiction, drugs, and recovery

“Addiction is a physical, mental, and spiritual disease that affects every area of our lives.”

Basic Text, p. 20

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Before we started using, most of us had a stereotype, a mental image of what addicts were supposed to look like.  Some of us pictured a junkie robbing convenience markets for drug money.  Others imagined a paranoid recluse peering at life from behind perpetually drawn drapes and locked doors.  As long as we didn’t fit any of the stereotypes, we thought, we couldn’t be addicts.

As our using progressed, we discarded those misconceptions about addiction, only to come up with another: the idea that addiction was about drugs.  We may have thought addiction meant a physical habit, believing any drug that didn’t produce physical habituation was not “addictive.”  Or we thought the drugs we took were causing all our problems. We thought that merely getting rid of the drugs would restore sanity to our lives.

One of the most important lessons we learn in Narcotics Anonymous is that addiction is much more than the drugs we used.  Addiction is a part of us; it’s an illness that involves every area of our lives, with or without drugs.  We can see its effects on our thoughts, our feelings, and our behavior, even after we stop using.  Because of this, we need a solution that works to repair every area of our lives: the Twelve Steps.

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Just for today:  Addiction is not a simple disease, but it has a simple solution.  Today, I will live in that solution: the Twelve Steps of recovery.

 

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Re: Just For Today
« Reply #994 on: December 13, 2013, 10:05:40 AM »
December 13,2013

Membership

“There is only one requirement for membership, the desire to stop using.”

Basic Text, p. 9

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We all know people who could benefit from Narcotics Anonymous.  Many people we encounter from all walks of life—our family members, old friends, and coworkers—could really use a program of recovery in their lives.  Sadly, those who need us don’t always find their way to our rooms.

NA is a program of attraction, not promotion.  We are only members when we say we are.  We can bring our friends and loved ones to a meeting if they are willing, but we cannot force them to embrace the way of life that has given us freedom from active addiction.

Membership in Narcotics Anonymous is a highly personal decision.  The choice to become a member is made in the heart of each individual addict.  In the long run, coerced meeting attendance doesn’t keep too many addicts in our rooms.  Only addicts who are still suffering, if given the opportunity, can decide if they are powerless over their addiction.  We can carry the message, but we can’t carry the addict.

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Just for today:  I am grateful for my decision to become a member of Narcotics Anonymous.

 

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Re: Just For Today
« Reply #993 on: December 12, 2013, 07:08:20 AM »


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Fear of change

“By working the steps, we come to accept a Higher Power’s will....  We lose our fear of the unknown.  We are set free.”

Basic Text, p. 16

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Life is a series of changes, both large and small.  Although we may know and accept this fact intellectually, chances are that our initial emotional reaction to change is fear.  For some reason, we assume that each and every change is going to hurt, causing us to be miserable.

If we look back on the changes that have happened in our lives, we’ll find that most of them have been for the best.  We were probably very frightened at the prospect of life without drugs, yet it’s the best thing that’s ever happened to us.  Perhaps we’ve lost a job that we thought we’d die without, but later on we found greater challenge and personal fulfillment in a new career.  As we venture forth in our recovery, we’re likely to experience more changes.  We will outgrow old situations and become ready for new ones.

With all sorts of changes taking place, it’s only natural to grab hold of something, anything familiar and try to hold on.  Solace can be found in a Power greater than ourselves.  The more we allow changes to happen at the direction of our Higher Power, the more we’ll trust that those changes are for the best.  Faith will replace fear, and we’ll know in our hearts that all will be well.

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Just for today:  When I am afraid of a change in my life, I will take comfort from knowing that God’s will for me is good.

 

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Re: Just For Today
« Reply #992 on: December 11, 2013, 10:46:42 AM »

December 11 , 2013

Misery is optional

“No one is forcing us to give up our misery.”

Basic Text, p. 29

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It’s funny to remember how reluctant we once were to surrender to recovery.  We seemed to think we had wonderful, fulfilling lives as using addicts and that giving up our drugs would be worse than serving a life sentence at hard labor.  In reality, the opposite was true:  Our lives were miserable, but we were afraid to trade that familiar misery for the uncertainties of recovery.

It’s possible to be miserable in recovery, too, though it’s not necessary.  No one will force us to work the steps, go to meetings, or work with a sponsor.  There is no NA militia that will force us to do the things that will free us from pain.  But we do have a choice.  We’ve already chosen to give up the misery of active addiction for the sanity of recovery.  Now, if we’re ready to exchange today’s misery for even greater peace, we have a means to do just that—if we really want to.

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Just for today:  I don’t have to be miserable unless I really want to be.  Today, I will trade in my misery for the benefits of recovery.

 

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