Monday, September 26, 2016

STEALTH DENIAL






Admission without acceptance is stealth denial.

Acceptance without action is stealth denial.

Action without guidance is stealth denial

An addict engaging in stealth denial courts relapse.

 

Or, as the old-timer once said: "If you're not going anywhere, any path will get you there."


Wednesday, September 21, 2016

RECOVERY: WHOSE JOB IS IT?




The old-timer hadn't seen Mike at meetings for a long time when he ran into him grocery shopping. "Good to see you again, Mike. It's been a long time. How are you doing?"

"Okay," said Mike. "Got in a fight at work and lost my job. Things aren't so good at home, but I haven't used. And I know what you're going to say."

"You do?" said the old-timer.

"Yeah. You were going to say, why don't I go back to the meetings."

"So, why don't you?"

"Aw, the program just doesn't work for me," answered Mike.

"It doesn't work for me either," said the old-timer. "It doesn't work for anyone."

"What?"

"To recover from addiction and experience that happy, joyous and free thing, you have to work the program."

 

Monday, September 19, 2016

Overheard at the Miracle in Alfred, Maine:
Three things you'll never hear from an addict: 1. "What's in it?" 2. "You go first." and 3. "No thanks. I've had enough."