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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Wednesday, November 9, 2011


I am working on a school project where I have to explain pivotal events in my life that help define where I am at in my life, where I came from, where I am now, and where I want to go. Part of the assignment is that we have do this is a creative way. I thought doing it on my blog would be a lot of fun and that is exactly what my blog is all about. It is about my life and all of the things I have been through and the impact that all of my experiences have had on my life.  I have decided to divide this up with 

L - Love
I  - Identity
F - Family/Friends
E - Experience

I will be posting about each one of these topics. Explaining how important events that have happened in my life in each one of these areas has played a part my life. I will explain the way they have affected me as a citizen, mom, sister, daughter, grand-daughter, and friend. 

For each one of these different topics I will chose a song or a poem that remind me of these different areas in my life. Music has always been a huge part of my life. I can hear a song and it can almost immediately take me back to how I felt at the time when I listened to it. Music to me is therapeutic. 

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