By Christopher Cavanaugh
What does a codependent say to his mate while he wakes up?
"Good morning, how am I?"
--Overheard at a Codependents nameless meeting
Throughout the realm this day, greater than million alcoholics and thousands of drug addicts, compulsive overeaters, intercourse addicts, compulsive gamblers, codependents, and different addicts abstain from their habit, having came upon a brand new lifestyles by way of training the 12-step application of restoration constructed through Alcoholics nameless. through the years, their practices have advanced right into a approach of life--the 12-Step Culture.
"I do not consider my first assembly, yet i have been informed that I talked for a very lengthy time."
--Mary, a member of Narcotics Anonymous
AA to Z is the 1st publication to record the richness and variety of the lives of convalescing humans and to supply an encyclopedic examine this detailed lifestyle. much less self-help than enlightenment and leisure, AA to Z is created from real-life tales of...
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Helping people was my way to feel good about myself—it became my drug. If I wasn’t helping someone, I couldn’t feel good. A. people around. I was always helping people and sponsoring people. I drove to detoxes and rehabs to take down-and-out people to meetings. I helped everyone I could. ” I really wasn’t in touch with all this until I was ten years sober and I realized I was doing all this because there was a major void in my life—a hole in my soul. I needed the pats on the back as much as I needed drugs.
That’s why these fellowships are so strong and continue to grow. Nothing else can claim the success rate for helping addicts find recovery. The programs work through sharing of one’s self, finding a higher power, love, continuous fellowship, mutual support. Practice of these principles offers much more than freedom from addiction—it changes people and totally transforms them into new beings. For the first time in their lives, recovering people know that they fit in somewhere and that everything is going to be OK.
I went to the meeting on a Sunday night. The guy leading the meeting was about twenty-one years old, and I was twenty. Bells were going off in my head as I listened to him and I went up to talk to him at the end. We went to my house afterward and talked for two or three hours, and he became my sponsor. I started going to meetings. I didn’t hear about 90 in 90 in those days, but I bet I did it because I knew I had to go to be safe. My first year, as each day passed, I got angrier and angrier that I couldn’t drink anymore.
AA to Z. An Addictionary of the 12-Step Culture by Christopher Cavanaugh