There will be mud on the carpet tonight and blood in the gravy as well. The wifebeater is out, the childbeater is out eating soil and drinking bullets from a cup.[Anne Sexton (1928-1974), U.S. poet. “The Wifebeater.”]
Source: Death and drink-draining are near neighbours. | THE OLD PROVERBIAL RECOVERY
THE NA WORLD CONVENTION 2018
Thi photograph came up on Facebook tonight and I thought perhaps I had best make it clear that this particular blog is the way I do Recovery NOT the way I pretend to do recovery in order to be obedient to any party line. IN other words. HONEST.
I never wish to lead anyone into the world of that photograph. I do what I do and you need to do what you do. FREELY. This Blog advoactes no particluar anything. It is what I do – unedited. It has worked for me for over 30 years – and I am fed up with being dictated to by memebers of the very thing that brought me to Freedom.
MORE WILL BE REVEALED
As our recovery progressed, we became increasingly aware of ourselves and the world around us. Our needs and wants, our assets and liabilities, were revealed to us. We came to realize that we had no power to change the outside world; we could only change ourselves. The program of Narcotics Anonymous provides an opportunity for us to ease the pain of living, through spiritual principles.We are very fortunate to have had this program to come to. Before, very few people recognized that addiction was a disease. Recovery was only a dream.The responsible, productive, drug-free lives of thousands of members illustrate the effectiveness of our program. Recovery is a reality for us today. Through working the steps we are rebuilding our fractured personalities. Narcotics Anonymous is a healthy environment for growth. As a fellowship, we love and cherish one another, supporting our new way of life together.As we grow, we come to understand humility as acceptance of both our assets and our liabilities. What we want most is to feel good about ourselves. Today we have real feelings of love, joy, hope, sadness, excitement-not our old drug-induced feelings.At times we find ourselves caught up in old ideas, even with time on the program. The basics are as important to recovery as they were in the beginning. We need to avoid old thinking patterns, both the old ideas and the tendency towards complacency. We cannot afford to become complacent because our disease is with us twenty-four hours a day. If, while practicing these principles, we allow ourselves to feel superior or inferior, we isolate ourselves. We are headed for trouble if we feel “apart from” other addicts. Separation from the atmosphere of recovery and the spirit of service to others slows our spiritual growth. Complacency keeps us from goodwill, love and compassion.
Source: Chapter Ten: MORE WILL BE REVEALED