When we first came into this program, we were immediately confronted with a seemingly insurmountable task: we must not use drugs of any kind, no matter what the circumstances. It seemed absolutely impossible. For most of us, having arrived here out of complete and utter desperation, we could not imagine a day where we were not consumed with thinking about, getting and using drugs. In time, however, we managed to string together 24 hours, then a week, then a month, and maybe years without finding it necessary to ingest chemicals.
Why, then, do many of us find it necessary to continue to attend meetings, to read recovery-oriented and enlightening literature, and to attempt to practice the principles of this program in all of our affairs? Because, as we are apt to discover sooner or later, our "addiction" has little to do with drugs and a lot to do with how we perceive the world around us and choose to react to it.
To those that believe the problems associated with addiction lie exclusively in the use of drugs, it is only necessary for them to examine the state of their lives after they stop using. Is everything fixed? Do all of the problems go away? Does life suddenly and spectacularly change for the better? For some, it may. But for most, simply "not using" is the first step towards a lifetime of change and discovery.
The Alpine Group
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Davenport, IA 52803
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