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Old 12-17-2011, 12:20 PM
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I went to my first Naranon meeting

Well, I went last night, and my husband went with me. I don't know what I expected, but, I guess I was surprised that so many people have the same problems and issues. I didn't speak, but, some of the things I heard and read really hit home for me. They kind of went around the room, and people took turns reading from a Naranon booklet, and when my husband read, I swear, it was like they were talking about me. Just how you look through their room, monitor where they are, what they are doing, who they are with. When they tell you they are not using, you want to believe them, but something tells you they are lying. You obsess over everything.

I am going back next Friday, I just really feel like I can get a lot out of it.
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Old 12-17-2011, 02:08 PM
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You have discovered the magic of the "rooms".

I was surprised, when I found my own meetings, was it wasn't "random" situations, emotions, or behaviour. I expected to meet people who had been where I was, but I didn't expect to connect so quickly, or to see myself in their stories and readings.

For me, my recovery is best when it includes those who went before me, those who have shared my time on this path, and newcomers walking through the door. Those who went before me bring wisdom of experience and patience. Those who share my time on the path are my soulmates as we walk together. And the newcomer walking through the door brings me a fresh perspective, a reminder of where I came from and that I must be diligent to keep from sliding back, and most of all the newcomer brings me an opportunity to give back all that was so freely given to me.

Each time I read something like your post here, I feel so good that one more person has found the magic. It's there for everyone, but we must each find it for ourselves. Sounds like you did.

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