Having issues
By K9kuts
5/25/2014 9:24:50 PM
I'm been attending arp meeting for a long time, and I don't think I have actually been fully honest with myself about everything I do to cope with my feelings. I am so good at running from my feelings and I have many different outlets I use and if one doesn't do the job I go to the other, but non of them actually take away the pain for long and the cycle starts over again. I tell myself I am doing better and I don't need my meetings and things just get worse. I amok afraid to face the things I fear I don't want to fail and if I do then there is no hope. But that can't be true either. I feel like i am just swimming circles and there isn't any way out


Keep at it    
"Recovery can take a long time for some people. Don't give up on yourself."
posted at 05:38:13 on May 26, 2014 by Anonymous
12 promises of recovery    
Your words sound very similar to my own experience. This week in my SA meeting I heard the first time the 12 promises of recovery taking from the AA big book. here are those 12 promises:
1. We are going to know a new freedom and a new happiness.
2. We will not regret the past nor wish to shut the door on it.
3. We will comprehend the word serenity.
4. We will know peace.
5. No matter how far down the scale we have gone, we will see how our experience can benefit others.
6. That feeling of uselessness and self-pity will disappear.
7. We will lose interest in selfish things and gain interest in our fellows.
8. Self-seeking will slip away.
9. Our whole attitude and outlook upon life will change.
10. Fear of people and of economic insecurity will leave us.
11. We will intuitively know how to handle situations which used to baffle us.
12. We will suddenly realize that God is doing for us what we could not do for ourselves.

Are these extravagant promises? We think not. They are being fulfilled among us - sometimes quickly, sometimes slowly. They will always materialize if we work for them.

Hope this helps. I am struggling with feelings of helplessness and hopelessness in my own experience in life but hearing these promises helped me hope for a better day."
posted at 13:16:19 on May 26, 2014 by sjanderson

That was beautiful. Thank you for sharing that!"
posted at 07:39:13 on May 27, 2014 by maddy

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General Conference, October 2004