March 28, 2012

Facing feelings

Page 90

"We may fear that being in touch with our feelings will trigger an overwhelming chain reaction of pain and panic."

Basic Text, p. 30

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 angry or depressed, we used to mask those feelings. In continuing this pattern throughout our active addiction, we became so emotionally confused that we weren't sure what normal emotions were anymore.

After being in recovery for some time, we find that the emotions we had suppressed suddenly begin to surface. We may find that we do not know how to identify our feelings. What we may be feeling as rage may only be frustration. What we perceive as suicidal depression may simply be sadness. These are the times when we need to seek the assistance of our sponsor or other members of NA. Going to a meeting and talking about what is happening in our lives can help us to face our feelings instead of running from them in fear.

Just for Today: I will not run from the uncomfortable emotions I may experience. I will use the support of my friends in recovery to help me face my emotions.

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Tuesday, September 30, 2008

True Friends

I truly believe the friendships we gain and maintain in this life are one of lifes true blessings. I have been lucky enough to stay in contact with certain people that have had an enormous impact on my life. No matter how long its been since we last talked or how different our lives are there is one thing that will never change between true friends. The bond that you form never fades. You can always pick up where you left off. 
Last week while Stac was in town a bunch of us girls got together and went out to dinner. Like always we had a blast talking and laughing about funny memories from the past. Sitting at dinner I felt like we were in junior high or high school again. We have so much fun with each other. Each one of these girls has touched my life in a different way and I am so grateful to know such strong and beautiful woman. It was so much fun to hear about how everyones lives have changed and what everyone has been up to.  I love them all so much and I am so happy that are all still in my life....




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