An individual new to our community forum discusses being two years in recovery from opiates, using medical assisted therapy, but just having a difficult time giving up weed. There is an air of pride in the writing that seems very justified to me. Shall we talk about that? Always lovingly, of course.
Our New Forum Member
Our New Forum Member
Where am I?
In Stay Clean you can ask and answer questions and share your experience with others!
Wonderful to discuss Stay Clean with our sisters and brothers at The Healing Place today. There seemed to be palpable excitement when so many of us signed on to the sample meeting. Welcome to those who signed on to the Forums. Let the questions, discussions and comments begin. Thank you. Gene
A friend is someone who understands your past, believes in your future, and accepts you just the way you are. In AA we make many long lasting friendships that often save our lives.
In "Falling Upward", speaking broadly about life, Richard Rohr notes, "The very unfortunate result of this preoccupation with order, control, safety, pleasure and certitude is that a high percentage of people never get to the contents of their own lives. Human life is about more than building boundaries, protecting identities,creating tribes, and teaching impulse control." It makes me think about our "white nuckle" friends who stop drinking and drugging and hang on tight. Have we gotten to the contents of our own lives?
We discussed in one of our Recovery Meetings this week how much and the extent to which we remain open and fully allow others to express themselves and reach out to us. I know that I need to be better at this and will benefit from the effort to do so.
We speak often about "many paths" to recovery and the tolerance that implies. How does that manifest itself in our interactions with other, recovering people, loved ones, treatment professionals and others? We certainly can appreciate that someone achieved successful recovery through AA or NA but do we accept folks from one program in the other and identify with their recovery or do we compare differences and exclude people? Do we accept that someone found their path through Christianity, Judaism, Islam, or Rational Recovery, among others, but secretly harbor the view that they "don't get it"? Do we recoil when someone expresses their belief in a deity if we are agnostic? What do we think about sharing experiences with people addicted to gambling, food or sex if we were addicted to alcohol and/or drugs (and the reverse)? Please help us at Stay Clean shape our welcoming philosophy.