Don’t use; go to meetings; get a sponsor; work the steps: These are the basics of recovery in the 12-step programs. If we say “don’t act out,” we can include all variations of addictive behaviors, and if we broaden our definitions to include other successful recovery programs, these are the basics of recovery, period. Continue reading
Think of a single word that describes the process of recovery.
Share it as a comment. I’ll collect them and report back.
Sobriety is unexplored territory. You have to paddle your
own canoe to get there and you can’t take a taxi.
Many of us say stuff like “My worst day sober was better than my best day acting out” (definitely hyperbole, but whatever). If asked, most of us could make a list of the things that we’ve gained from recovery, and perhaps list some of the things we’d like to improve.
Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a checklist that we could use to measure our progress and help guide us in the future? Well, as it happens, those exist. You just don’t hear much about them in most or our fellowships. So I’ve presumed to look at a couple and herewith present an amalgam that I think works pretty well for me. Your mileage, of course, may vary. Continue reading
“Putting one foot in a bucket of ice water and the
other in boiling water is not balanced living.”
~ Joe C. “Beyond Belief”, 11/20