0.ten – kindred spirits

Loving this word: Perspicacity
a penetrating discernment —a clarity of vision or intellect which provides a deep understanding and insight.

Perspicacityis an abstract noun describing a certain capacity of a certain capability.
(Such an awesome sentence that leaves you wanting more!)

I’ve fallen in LOVE

I’ve fallen in LOVE

True love I swear it be

With my new recovery

I’ve chosen

Narcotics Anonymous

So I have been an avid Alcoholics Anonymous follower, when I’m avidly following some idea of a recovery program. BUT NOW I want to shout it from the rooftops that I havr finally found where I belong!! NA is eye opening; people out there understand me. I’ve been working on Step 1 questions from the program’s original step working guide and it made me read the NA book to answer a question so I started scanning for the answer and words started catching my eye. I knew I wasn’t going to get a good answer only half-assing my 101 page reading assignment and I was interested so I started at the first page and fell in love!! If I wasn’t seeing stars from being so tired after working my 2 am shift I’d still be reading it but I stopped at step 2 because I don’t want to read ahead and overwhelm myself. I may do so anyway after I nap.

The language and voice in the NA book is so different from that of the Big Book. I felt like I was chatting with someone my age with tattoos telling me about this exclusive “get clean for real this time” offer they’ve got going on. I know it isn’t especial for me, right? It sure seemed like it was while reading. I feel this program is exactly what my attempts at getting clean have been missing.

I wasn’t a fan of the longer meetings and the crowd where I went to a couple times I tried it was a bit rough. Hell, I need to put the extra time into my recovery and who am I to judge anyone?! Things are coming together.

Also, in no way am I dogging AA, the steps are exactly the same and the program is similar and I felt at home at my homegroup. I’m so darned excited to get a sponsor in NA. To talk to people about the struggles of methamphetamine withdrawal, specifically. It is so rad – the NA book has a chapter on Recovery and Relapse. I always wondered why relapse was so hush hush in AA, it seemed like to do so was to insult the group or at least specific people. I’m even planning on sharing and I never share at AA.

Okay nap time!! I’ll leave you with some NA wisdom:

8 thoughts on “0.ten – kindred spirits

    1. I’m trying to take advantage while I’m feeling some energy to delve into my recovery. It is often short lived but I’ll take what I can get!!
      I’ve also been reading on stoicism and enjoying a lot of the concepts; it is empowering to take control of my life where I can.
      Thanks so much, more than I can express quantifiably!


      1. Stoics sometime have a reputation for being too cold and logical but, just like everything else in life, it is what you make of it. Take the bits that work for you and disregard the rest!
        I hope you are feeling well today…and the next, and the next, and the next 🙂

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      2. Thank you!! I’m slowing down a bit energy wise from my couple day surplus but enjoying the weekend with my daughter and excited for mother’s day tomorrow.
        That is funny about taking bits that work and tossing the rest because that is what I do. I make my own plan from the things that work in my life and make sense for me, I don’t usually follow any program or concept to a T. NA this time I’m going to stay pretty close though.
        Have you read “As a Man Thinketh” about our thoughts controlling our lives? A lot of the same concepts but a really fast and good read.
        I hope good will for you too and appreciate your uplifting support.


      3. Thanks for the recommendation, I’ve just had a quick look (I will read more!) & it has some very good points which I wholeheartedly agree with. There may be 1 or 2 parts that are a bit too victim blaming for me (please don’t blame people born into poverty for not being able to ‘think’ their way out of it) but I don’t suppose people considered those things in 1903.
        Have a lovely Mother’s Day, you should spoil each other rotten!

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  1. Quote: “Also, in no way am I dogging AA, the steps are exactly the same and the program is similar and I felt at home at my homegroup. I’m so darned excited to get a sponsor in NA.”

    I agree 100%. The Steps in AA and NA are exactly the same, just the word “addiction” is used as universal for abstinence from all drugs, including alcohol. Many people gravitate toward NA because of they were “drug users” and the material is written in a language people understand. I encourage people to use either program in recovery. They both have the same purpose – helping alcoholic/addicts recover from alcoholism/addiction.

    I love the enthusiasm too, like another noted! Based on my experience, the only way I stay sober is through my involvement with the 12 Steps, my Sponsor, my Higher Power and the Fellowship(s). Keep it going, I foresee good things happening in your life 🙂

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    1. There are a lot of “life programs” around and I find AA and NA to be my top two. They are tried and true and have really straightforward concepts that are easily applied to anyone’s life if they’re willing.
      I find it funny that I claim to have worked to be sober before but have never worked the steps properly or a legit life changing program. I’ve always had reservations and I still do, really, and am trying to overcome them and do things 100% this time around.
      I appreciate you!

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