From my son, I learned: Living in sobriety is about giving and receiving. Reaching out a hand to help another person strengthens both the addict and those he tries to help.
My reflection: When my son was in the midst of recovering, I was afraid that others would lead him off track and divert his attention. I thought it best if he spent time dedicated to self-care and to his personal recovery program. Fear drove me.
Today’s Promise to consider: True recovery is learning how to have healthy, meaningful relationships and how to interact with others, without drugs. Service – reaching out a hand and helping another person – gives the recovering addict a sense of purpose, an opportunity to regain a feeling of self worth, and a forum to engage the world in meaningful ways. Today, I will encourage my recovering loved one in his efforts to contribute. It is in giving that he receives.
…and what would the recovery community look like if ALL of us gave back, the addicts and their family? We are all in need of recovery and we are all in need of both giving and receiving. Get involved!
Pat – SO true!!! Just think of all the power that would be unleashed if we all got involved. You’ve done so much already, and you continue to give. Thanks!!!!!