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Surrender and The SWAT Team

A few years ago, I was driving through East St. Louis, Illinois on my way to see a customer. My route took me along a surface street that had two lanes of traffic going in each direction, with a narrow grass median separating them. 770 more words

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Feb. 21, 2018 - Readings in Recovery: Today's Gift from Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation

Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018

Today’s thought from the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation is:

In this world everything changes except good deeds and bad deeds; these follow you as the shadows follow the body. 169 more words

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Feb. 21, 2018 - Readings in Recovery: A Day at a Time

A Day at a Time

Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018

Reflection for the Day

Do I waste my time and energy wrestling with situations that aren’t actually worth a second thought? 145 more words

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Feb. 21, 2018 - Readings in Recovery: Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Twenty-Four Hours a Day

Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018

AA Thought for the Day

I go to the AA meetings because it helps me in my business of keeping sober. 240 more words

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Feb. 21, 2018 - Readings in Recovery: Step by Step

Step by Step

Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018

Today: Keep It Sweet and Simple!” In the end, the complexities and sometimes grueling work of the Twelve Steps come down to a cardinal action: if I do not want to deal with the shakes through the day and the oblivion of intoxications; if I do not want to deal with guilt, remorse, shame and self-degradation; if I do not want the numbing pain of letting down myself and anyone who has stood with me through the worst of my drinking days and the best of my recovery; if I do not want to devote any part of the day and night with my head in a toilet throwing up and with the dry heaves; if I don’t want to take bed sheets to the laundromat for an unplanned wash because they got soaked by my own vomit; if I don’t want to risk getting nailed for drunk driving and the subsequent court-ordered fines and fees, alcohol classes and triple car insurance rates; if I want to continue to progress in recovery and sobriety; if I want to nurture the re-established relationships that were previously broken and responsibilities that went neglected because of drinking; if I want to keep clear of self-pity, anger, confusion, and anguish; if I want to claim honestly that I am sober today; today, I won’t drink. 10 more words

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Feb. 21, 2018 - Readings in Recovery: The Eye Opener

The Eye Opener

Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018

The effectiveness of AA is largely built upon understanding and human sympathy. These characteristics were not acquired from a book but learned the hard way as we, too, traveled the long dark alley of despair in search of a helping hand and an understanding heart. 43 more words

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Acceptance Brings Peace

Really? Acceptance? Today???

Some days I draw my spiritual principle for the day and wonder just how loudly God is laughing, as I consider how that principle is going to apply to my day. 497 more words

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