Welcome to our discussion based on Joe C.’s Beyond Belief: Agnostic Musings for 12 Step Life. We post choice quotes from the daily reading, as well as the discussion questions, and encourage you to think on it and respond in the comments. Please keep our community guidelines in mind while commenting.
Accept your backsliding as normal–as something that happens to almost all people who at first improve emotionally and then fall back. See it as a part of your human fallibility. Don’t make yourself feel ashamed when some of your old symptoms return, and don’t think you have to handle them entirely by yourself and that it is week for you to seek some additional help.
-“How To Deal With Back Slide,” SMART Recovery
…As we progress, what it means to be clean and sober changes for us. Some of us take a good look at our caffeine intake or our smoking or our rationalizations about cash-register honesty, physical fitness, short-cut-seeking or imbalances in our work, health or home lives. “To err is human” is the point that today’s quote makes. Recovery is not a competition; it’s a journey.
- Do I believe that effort, not just results, is what matters?
- Do I hold pernicious ideas about addiction resulting from a lack of character or do I see it like any other illness?
- Am I judgmental about relapse?