We’re doing great in recovery, aren’t we? We go to a
meetings, work our asses off, we spend time with our sponsor and our friends in
the fellowship... But if things are falling to pieces at home, we’re not doing
so great after all.
We EXPECT our loved ones to understand. After all, we’re not
using drugs anymore. Why don’t they recognize our progress? Don’t they understand how important our meetings,
our service, and our involvement with the fellowship are? THEY will not
appreciate the change our program is working in our lives unless we show them.
If we rush off to a meeting the same way we rushed off to use drugs, what has
changed? If we continue to ignore the needs and desires of our partners and
children, failing to accept our responsibilities at home, we aren’t “practicing
these principles in all our affairs.”
We must live the program everywhere we go, in everything we
do. If we want the spiritual life to be more than a theory, we have to live it
at home. When we do this, the people we share our lives with are sure to notice
the change and be grateful that we’ve found AA/NA. AMEN- Darlene T. - N.J.