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    "Identification" April 5/08

    Identification "Someone finally knew the crazy thoughts that I had and the crazy things I'd done." Addicts often feel terminally unique. We're sure that no one used drugs like we did or had to do the things that we did to get them. Feeling that no one really...
    LanBobway LanBobway
    51-55
    Apr 6, 2008

    "Recovery" Jan. 7/08

    "Narcotics Anonymous offers addicts a program of recovery that is more than just a life without drugs. Not only is this way of life better than the hell we lived, it is better than any life that we have ever known." Few of us have any interest in "recovering"...
    LanBobway LanBobway
    51-55
    1 Response Jan 9, 2008

    "To Busy" April 10/08

    Too Busy "We must use what we learn or we will lose it, no matter how long we have been clean."   After putting some clean time together, some of us have a tendency to forget what our most important priority is. Once a week or less we say, "I've gotta...
    LanBobway LanBobway
    51-55
    May 25, 2008

    "Surrender to Win" Jan.13/08

    " Help for addicts begins only when we are able to admit complete defeat."    Complete defeat-what a concept! That must mean surrender. Surrender-to give up absolutely. To quit with no reservations. To put up our hands and quit fighting. Maybe to put up our...
    LanBobway LanBobway
    51-55
    Jan 13, 2008

    "People - Pleasing" April 13/08

    People - Pleasing "...approval-seeking behavior carried us further into our addiction..."   When others approve of what we do or say, we feel good; when they disapprove, we feel bad. Their opinions of us, and how those opinions make us feel, can have positive...
    LanBobway LanBobway
    51-55
    May 25, 2008

    todays just for todays

      February 01, 2009 Hardships Page 33   "We felt different... Only after surrender are we able to overcome the alienation of addiction...
    Baby69 Baby69
    18-21, F
    1 Response Feb 1, 2009

    "Looking For The Assets" Mar. 27/08

    Looking For The Assets "In accordance with the principles of recovery we try not to judge, stereotype, or moralize with each other" How many times in our recovery have we misunderstood the behavior of another, immediately formed a judgment, applied a label, and neatly...
    LanBobway LanBobway
    51-55
    Mar 30, 2008

    Vigilance Jan. 1/08

    "We keep what we have only with vigilance..." How do we remain vigilant about our recovery? First, by realizing that we have a disease we will always have. No matter how long we've been clean, no matter how much better our lives have become, no matter what the extent...
    LanBobway LanBobway
    51-55
    Jan 9, 2008

    "God - Centeredness" Mar. 30/08

    God - Centeredness "Gradually as we become more God-centered than self-centered, our despair turns to hope." What a glorious thing to have hope! Before coming to Narcotics Anonymous, many of us lived lives of utter hopelessness. We believed we were destined to die...
    LanBobway LanBobway
    51-55
    Mar 30, 2008

    "Trusting a Sponsor-worth the Risk" Mar. 26/08

    Trusting A Sponsor-Worth The Risk "In seeking a sponsor, most members look for someone they feel they can learn to trust, someone who seems compassionate…" The idea of sponsorship may be new to us. We have spent many years without direction, relying only on...
    LanBobway LanBobway
    51-55
    Mar 30, 2008

    "Carrying the Message, Not the Addict" Feb.17/08

    Carrying The Message, Not The Addict "They can be analyzed, counseled, reasoned with, prayed over, threatened, beaten, or locked up, but they will not stop until they want to stop." Perhaps one of the most difficult truths we must face in our recovery is that we are...
    LanBobway LanBobway
    51-55
    Feb 23, 2008

    "From Rude Awakening to Spiritual Awakening" Mar. 5/08

    From Rude Awakening To Spiritual Awakening "When a need arises for us to admit our powerlessness, we may first look for ways to exert power against it. After exhausting these ways, we begin sharing with others and find hope." We've sometimes heard it said in our...
    LanBobway LanBobway
    51-55
    Mar 9, 2008

    "Self-Pity Or Recovery - It's Our Choice" Feb.21/08

    Self-Pity Or Recovery - It's Our Choice "Self-pity is one of the most destructive of defects; it will drain us of all positive energy." In active addiction, many of us used self-pity as a survival mechanism. We didn't believe there was an alternative to living in our...
    LanBobway LanBobway
    51-55
    Feb 23, 2008

    "The Ties That Bind" Feb.13/08

    February 13 The Ties That Bind "As long as the ties that bind us together are stronger than those that would tear us apart, all will be well." Many of us feel that without NA we would surely have died from our disease. Hence, its existence is our very lifeline...
    LanBobway LanBobway
    51-55
    Feb 15, 2008

    "For You Alone" April 3/08

    For You Alone "The idea of a spiritual awakening takes many different forms in the different personalities that we find in the fellowship." Though we all work the same steps, each of us experiences the spiritual awakening resulting from them in our own way. The shape...
    LanBobway LanBobway
    51-55
    Apr 6, 2008

    "Love and Addiction" April 1/08

    Love And Addiction "Some of us first saw the effects of addiction on the people closest to us. We were very dependent on them to carry us through life. We felt angry disappointed, and hurt when they found other interests, friends, and loved ones." Addiction affected...
    LanBobway LanBobway
    51-55
    Mar 30, 2008

    "The Principle of Self-support" Mar. 22/08

    The Principle Of Self-Support "In our addiction, we were dependent upon people, places, and things. We looked to them to support us and supply the things we found lacking in ourselves." In the animal kingdom, there is a creature that thrives on others. It is called a...
    LanBobway LanBobway
    51-55
    Mar 30, 2008

    "Pure Motives" Feb.27/08

     Pure Motives "We examine our actions, reactions, and motives. We often find that we've been doing better than we've been feeling." Imagine a daily meditation book with this kind of message: "When you wake up in the morning, before you rise from your bed...
    LanBobway LanBobway
    51-55
    Mar 9, 2008

    "Attraction" April 2/08

    Attraction "Our public image consists of what we have to offer: a successful, proven way of maintaining a drug-free lifestyle." Yes, we are attracting new members. More and more addicts are finding Narcotics Anonymous. But how do we treat our newest members when they...
    LanBobway LanBobway
    51-55
    Apr 6, 2008

    "The Big Picture" April 12/08

    The Big Picture "All spiritual awakenings have some things in common. Common elements include an end to loneliness and a sense of direction in our lives."   Some kinds of spiritual experiences take place when we confront something larger than we are. We suspect...
    LanBobway LanBobway
    51-55
    May 25, 2008

    "God's Gift" Mar. 23/08

    God's Gift "We do the footwork and accept what's being given to us freely on a daily basis." Our relationship with our Higher Power is a two-way street. In prayer, we speak and God listens. When we meditate, we do our best to listen for the will of our Higher Power...
    LanBobway LanBobway
    51-55
    Mar 30, 2008

    "Guarding Our Recovery" April 4/08

    Guarding Our Recovery "Remember that we... are ultimately responsible for our recovery and our decisions." Most of us will face choices that challenge our recovery. If we find ourselves in extreme physical pain, for example, we will have to decide whether or not we...
    LanBobway LanBobway
    51-55
    Apr 6, 2008

    "Making Mountains Into Molehills" Jan.19/08

      "When we stop living in the here and now, our problems become magnified unreasonably."    Some of us seem to make mountains out of molehills with our problems. Even those of us who've found some measure of serenity have probably blown a problem far...
    LanBobway LanBobway
    51-55
    Jan 23, 2008

    "A Closed Mind" April 11/08

    A Closed Mind "A new idea cannot be grafted onto a closed mind... Open-mindedness leads us to the very insights that have eluded us during our lives."   We arrived in NA at the lowest point in our lives. We'd just about run out of ideas. What we needed most when...
    LanBobway LanBobway
    51-55
    May 25, 2008

    "A New Vision" April 14/08

    A New Vision "Do we really want to be rid of our resentments, our anger, our fear?"   Why do we call them "shortcomings?" Perhaps they should be called "long-goings" because that's often what it takes for them to fade from our lives. Some of...
    LanBobway LanBobway
    51-55
    May 25, 2008

    Todays Just For Today

      January 31, 2009 Trust Page 31   "Just for today I will have...
    Baby69 Baby69
    18-21, F
    Feb 1, 2009

    "Keep Coming Back" April 15/08

    Keep Coming Back "We have come to enjoy living clean and want more of the good things that the NA fellowship holds for us"   Can you remember a time when you looked at the addicts recovering in NA and wondered, "If they aren't using drugs what on earth do...
    LanBobway LanBobway
    51-55
    May 25, 2008

    "I Can't, But We Can" Mar. 25/08

    I Can't, But We Can "From the isolation of our addiction, we find a fellowship of people with a common bond... Our faith, strength, and hope come from people sharing their recovery..." Admit no weakness, conceal all shortcomings, deny every failure, go it alone-that...
    LanBobway LanBobway
    51-55
    Mar 30, 2008

    "Looking For the Assets" Mar. 29/08

    Our Own True Will "God's will for us consists of the very things we most value. God's will... becomes our own true will for ourselves." It's human nature to want something for nothing. We may be ecstatic when a store cashier gives us back change for a twenty though...
    LanBobway LanBobway
    51-55
    Mar 30, 2008

    "My Own Recovery" Mar. 10/08

    My Own Recovery "The steps are our solution. They are our survival kit They are our defense against addiction, a deadly disease. Our steps are the principles that make our recovery possible." There's lots to like in Narcotics Anonymous. The meetings, for one, are...
    LanBobway LanBobway
    51-55
    3 Responses Mar 19, 2008

    "Facing Feelings" Mar. 28/08

    Facing Feelings "We may fear that being in touch with our feelings will trigger an overwhelming chain reaction of pain and panic." While we were using, many of us were unable or unwilling to feel many emotions. If we were happy, we used to make us happier. If we were...
    LanBobway LanBobway
    51-55
    Mar 30, 2008

    "Living In the Moment" Feb.12/08

    February 12 Living In The Moment "We regretted the past, dreaded the future, and weren't too thrilled about the present." Until we experience the healing that happens when we work the Twelve Steps, it is doubtful that we can find a statement more true than the...
    LanBobway LanBobway
    51-55
    Feb 15, 2008

    "The Value of the Past" April 7/08

    The Value Of The Past "This firsthand experience in all phases of illness and recovery is of unparalleled therapeutic value. We are here to share it freely with any addict who wants to recover." Most of us came into the program with some serious regrets. We had never...
    LanBobway LanBobway
    51-55
    Apr 6, 2008

    "Acting As If" April 16/08

    "Acting As If" "Today, we seek solutions, not problems. We try what we have learned on an experimental basis."   The first time we heard that we should "act as if" many of us exclaimed, "But that's not honest! I thought we were always...
    LanBobway LanBobway
    51-55
    May 25, 2008

    "Happiness" April8/08

    Happiness "We come to know happiness, joy and freedom."   If someone stopped you on the street today and asked if you were happy, what would you say? "Well, gee, let's see... I have a place to live, food in the refrigerator, a job, my car is running...
    LanBobway LanBobway
    51-55
    May 25, 2008

    "Insides Outsides" Mar. 31/08

    "Insides Outsides" "Our real value is in being ourselves." As we work the steps, we're bound to discover some basic truths about ourselves. The process of uncovering our secrets, exposing them, and searching our characters reveals our true nature. As we...
    LanBobway LanBobway
    51-55
    Mar 30, 2008

    Todays Just For Today

    February 02, 2009 Goodwill Page 34   "Goodwill is best exemplified in...
    Baby69 Baby69
    18-21, F
    Feb 2, 2009

    "Growing Up" Jan. 8/08

    "Our spiritual condition is the basis for a successful recovery that offers unlimited growth." When our members celebrate their recovery anniversaries, they often say that they've "grown up" in NA. Well, then, we think, what does that mean? We start to wonder...
    LanBobway LanBobway
    51-55
    1 Response Jan 9, 2008

    "Growing Honestly" April 6/08

    Growing Honestly "On a practical level, changes occur because what's appropriate to one phase of recovery may not be for another." When we first came to Narcotics Anonymous, many of us had no legitimate occupation. Not all of us suddenly decide we're going to become...
    LanBobway LanBobway
    51-55
    Apr 6, 2008

    "Letting Go of the Past" Mar. 24/08

    Letting Go Of The Past "It is not where we were that counts, but where we are going." When we first find recovery, some of us feel shame or despair at calling ourselves "addicts." In the early days, we may be filled with both fear and hope as we struggle to...
    LanBobway LanBobway
    51-55
    Mar 30, 2008

    "A Treatable Illness" Mar. 21/08

    A Treatable Illness "Addiction is a disease that involves more than the use of drugs." At our first meeting, we may have been taken aback at the way members shared about how the disease of addiction had affected their lives. We thought to ourselves, "Disease? I...
    LanBobway LanBobway
    51-55
    Mar 30, 2008

    " Self-centeredness" Jan.26/08

    January 26 Self-Centeredness " The spiritual part of our disease is our total self-centeredness." What is self-centeredness? It is our belief that the world revolves around us. Our wishes, our demands are the only ones worth consideration. Our self-centered minds...
    LanBobway LanBobway
    51-55
    Feb 15, 2008

    "How Does It Work?" Jan.6/08

    "I used to think that I had all the answers, but today I am glad that I don't" What are the two favorite words of most addicts? "I know!" Unfortunately, many of us arrive in NA thinking we have all the answers. We have a lot of knowledge about what's wrong...
    LanBobway LanBobway
    51-55
    Jan 9, 2008

    "Acting Out" April 9/08

    Acting Out "We learn to experience feelings and realize they can do us no harm unless we act on them."   Many of us came to Narcotics Anonymous with something less than an overwhelming desire to stop using. Sure, the drugs were causing us problems, and we...
    LanBobway LanBobway
    51-55
    May 25, 2008

    "Self-Acceptance" Feb.9/08

    February 9 Self-acceptance "When we accept ourselves, we can accept others into our lives, unconditionally probably for the first time." From our earliest memories, many of us felt like we never belonged. No matter how big the gathering, we always felt apart from the...
    LanBobway LanBobway
    51-55
    Feb 15, 2008
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