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|08-23-2002, 03:57 PM||#1 (permalink)|
Join Date: Mar 2002
Step One, Day 6 - Difficult Losses
"The Twelve Step Life Recovery Devotional" (Arterburn/Stoop)
Step One, Day 6
We admitted that we were powerless over our dependencies--that our lives had become unmanageable.
Some of us have seen everything we have produced in life go up in smoke because of our addictions. If it hasn't happened to us, surely we've seen others who have lost all that they have worked for: home, career, family, health, finances, and friendships. During the times when life becomes unmanageable, we are faced wit the fact that we are not self-sufficient. Sometimes our losses (or even potential losses) can act to spur us on toward taking the first step on the road to recovery.
All of us have times of weakness; none of us are self-sufficient. Jesus recognized this when he said, "Yes, I am the Vine; you are the branches. Whoever lives in me and I in him shall produce a large crop of fruit. For apart from me you can't do a thing. If anyone separates from me, he is thrown away like a useless branch, withers, and is gathered into a pile with all the others, and burned" (John 15:5-6).
Some of us have already lost many of the good things our lives produced. For us it is a matter of facing the losses, admitting that we can't make it on our own, and string to grow again. For others of us, things may still look rewarding, but if we don't deal honestly wit the effects of our addictions we risk seeing the fruits of our lives burned up. It's hard to give up our pride and admit that on our own we "can't do a thing." Perhaps, by considering the possible losses and the value of our previous investments, we will be able to "hit bottom" before we lose everything.
Apart from God, our efforts cannot bear fruit.
Peace & Prayers,
|11-03-2002, 08:05 AM||#3 (permalink)|
Join Date: Nov 2002
Hi all, I went to a few different areas on this site hoping that somebody will reply to me. I am tapering off of methadone after 20 years. The fear of coming off is almost as great as the physical sickness at times. I am scared to death! I do not go to meetings now, as I dont want to go in sick and crying all of the time. I wanted to start somewhere, so I came here. Is there anyone who can reply to me??Please..Jane
|11-03-2002, 12:04 PM||#4 (permalink)|
Join Date: Sep 2001
Location: San Jacinto, California
Get to a meeting! Let the people love and support you through this. This is a WE program not ME. I could never get sober alone, but I could sure feel sorry for myself (PMS: poor me syndrome) and get drunk.
Darlin', you are worth loving. At times, we self destruct; tis the nature of the beast.
Go now and share your pain with those that know and care about you. You are never alone.
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