Just For Today – July 9: We Do Recover

“…the time has come when that tired old lie, ‘Once an addict, always an addict,’ will no longer be tolerated by either society or the addict himself. We do recover.”
—Basic Text, page 86

Recovery is a journey of profound transformation. We often hear speakers at meetings share their struggles with understanding spiritual principles. They admit that if we could see inside their minds, we might be shocked by the lingering insanity. They confess that the longer they stay clean, the less they seem to know. Yet, in the same breath, these individuals recount the extraordinary changes recovery has brought into their lives. They have moved from complete despair to unfailing hope, from uncontrollable drug use to total abstinence, from chronic unmanageability to responsibility. How is this possible? Do we or don’t we recover?

The Miracle of Recovery

It’s common to hear recovering addicts downplay the incredible changes they’ve experienced. This might be an attempt to demonstrate humility or gratitude. While it’s essential to avoid taking full credit for this miraculous transformation, it’s equally important to recognize and celebrate the magnitude of recovery. Acknowledging this miracle is not just about giving credit to the program; it’s about validating our journey and inspiring those around us.

Seeing the Miracle in Action

Recovery is alive and thriving within Narcotics Anonymous. We see it in the wisdom and stability of the old-timers, in the fresh hope and determination of newcomers, and most importantly, in our own lives. The transformation we undergo is undeniable, yet sometimes, we need to remind ourselves to truly see it.

Recovery has taken us from the depths of despair to a life filled with hope and purpose. We’ve learned to navigate the world with a clear mind, free from the chains of addiction. This isn’t just a personal victory; it’s a testament to the power of the Twelve Steps and the supportive community within Narcotics Anonymous.

Embracing Gratitude

Just for today, let us acknowledge the miracle of our recovery. Let’s take a moment to be grateful for the progress we’ve made and the life we’ve reclaimed. By doing so, we honor our journey and inspire others who may be struggling. Recovery is real, and it’s happening every day, one day at a time.

Just for today: I will acknowledge the miracle of my recovery and be grateful that I’ve found it.

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