Failure is not falling down but refusing to get up.
for those of us who did not stay sober the first time around,
the slogan "you are not alone" certainly applies.
while I commend the rare person who can stay clean
and sober at 1st attempt, I will challenge their
presumption that most should be able to do so.
it is merely the nature of addiction that resists
treatment and continued recovery.
our primitive mid-brain has no conscience, fear
or lack of appetite for excess.
meetings, sponsors, prayers and steps are all
positive reinforcements; yet they can't always
prevent a slip.
the important thing for me was, letting go of any
guilt, shame or feelings of inadequacy.
sure there was disappointment; but that was
eased by the welcoming reception given by
most of those who really cared.
never allow anyone to demean, dismiss or deny
your sincerity, if you should relapse.
by the same token, show empathy and encourage
anyone who does, that it is a normal response,
and no one is immune to slipping.
Friday, May 30, 2008
Posted by Fireman John at 12:51 PM