A Daily Reprieve

Written by DeShawn McQueen on Monday, 19 November 2012. Posted in Voices in Recovery, Breaking News

Recovering Addiction

What we really have is a daily reprieve contingent on the maintenance of our spiritual program. Alcoholics Anonymous, Page 85

As a grateful recovering Alcoholic and Addict, working the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous is as much about remaining clean and sober as it is about transforming spiritually and developing integrity.

The more committed we are to working the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous, the more our spiritual life transforms.

Problems that once seemed to be overwhelming nearly solve themselves.

In fact, the spiritual component of Alcoholics Anonymous is sort of like the “meat and potatoes” of the program, i.e, where you get your carbohydrates/protein, or energy and sustenance.

As we focus on developing a relationship with our Higher Power, through consistent prayer and meditation, our perception and perspectives regarding others, our place in the universe begins to shift and change.

Consequently, our reprieve from the mundane, tedious, and annoying aspects of life emerges, providing us with an ease and well-being.

The quality and strength of our reprieve is contingent upon the effort that we put into working our twelve step program.

Suddenly, our outer reality (career, finances, social life, family relationships, interactions with others, and so forth) resembles the dream that we always imagined and worked toward.

Put another way, as we Alcoholics and Addicts invest the time, effort and energy that we would otherwise invest in consuming drugs and alcohol, into making this program a “design for living” or a way of life, life begins to magically unfold.

The best part is that we are not even expected to work the program of Alcoholics Anonymous perfectly.

Actually, if we recognize that as Alcoholics and Addicts, we have to work the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous consistently, then we have the right idea.

Consistency and sincerity of effort are integral.

If you or someone that you love is struggling with drug addiction or alcoholism, please call or text us.

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About the Author

DeShawn McQueen

DeShawn McQueen

DeShawn McQueen is a staff writer at Recovery Now Newspaper and Recoverynowtv.com, an informative newspaper that serves as a resource for persons of all stages of drug and alcohol treatment, by giving them access to relevant and necessary information so that they may live balanced and substance-free lifestyles. DeShawn graduated from Wayne State University with Bachelor of Science degrees in psychology and premedical sciences. He holds a Juris Doctors degree in law from Valparaiso University School of Law. DeShawn’s writing and research has been published in such academic journals as Behavioral Pharmacology and Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Behavior among others. He lives in Los Angeles, California.

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