Just For Today | June 18 | Indirect Amends

“Indirect amends may be necessary where direct ones would be unsafe or endanger other people.”
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Understanding Indirect Amends

When we used, we allowed nothing to stand in the way of that next high. This often meant hurting others without a second thought. As a result, many of us didn’t always know precisely whom we had injured, either financially or emotionally. When it came time to make amends through our Ninth Step, we found that there were so many people we had victimized that we might never remember them all.

Indirect amends provide a solution for those instances where direct amends are impossible or unsafe. This approach allows us to make restitution in a broader sense, focusing on giving back to our communities and supporting others in their recovery journeys.

Finding a Path to Indirect Amends

With the help of our sponsor and other recovering members of NA, we found a solution to this obstacle. We vowed to complete these nameless amends by making restitution to our communities. By focusing our service efforts on helping the still-suffering addict, we found a way to give back to society. This method not only allows us to make amends indirectly but also reinforces our commitment to our own recovery.

Steps to Make Indirect Amends:

  1. Identify community needs: Look for areas where your skills and experiences can make a difference.
  2. Volunteer: Offer your time and energy to organizations that support recovery and community well-being.
  3. Support other addicts: Share your experience, strength, and hope with those who are still struggling.

Giving Back to Society

Today, with the love and guidance of members in NA, we are giving back to the world around us rather than taking. Our actions are now driven by a desire to make positive contributions, reflecting the transformative power of recovery.

By carrying the message of recovery to those we encounter in our daily lives, we make our communities better places to live. This shift from self-centeredness to selflessness is a hallmark of our recovery journey. Each act of service, no matter how small, helps to heal the wounds we once inflicted.

The Impact of Indirect Amends

The impact of indirect amends extends beyond the immediate benefits to those we help. It also nurtures our own growth and reinforces our commitment to living a life of integrity. By focusing on the needs of others, we find a renewed sense of purpose and connection.

Benefits of Indirect Amends:

  • Strengthening recovery: Service work helps to solidify our commitment to staying clean.
  • Building community: Our efforts contribute to creating a supportive and compassionate environment.
  • Personal growth: Acts of kindness and service foster empathy, humility, and gratitude.

Just for Today

“Just for today: I will make indirect amends by reaching out to an addict who may need help. I will strive in some small way to make my community a better place in which to live.”

This daily meditation encourages us to look beyond our own needs and consider how we can contribute to the well-being of others. It reminds us that making amends is not just about rectifying past wrongs but also about building a better future.

Actionable Steps

To incorporate the principles of indirect amends into your daily life, consider the following steps:

  1. Reach out to others: Offer support and encouragement to those who are struggling with addiction.
  2. Engage in community service: Find opportunities to volunteer in your local community.
  3. Practice kindness: Small acts of kindness can have a big impact on those around you.

By taking these steps, you can continue to make meaningful contributions to your community and strengthen your own recovery.


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