Generosity And The Alcoholic/Addict

Written by DeShawn McQueen on Wednesday, 14 November 2012. Posted in Voices in Recovery, Breaking News

Alcoholism

A few weeks ago, during meditation, the word generosity came to me and throughout that week, it kept coming to me, as if it were stalking me.

As an Alcoholic and Addict, who works the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous, it is not that I am not generous…..I am, but mostly to myself.

Like most Alcoholics and Addicts, if I do not consciously keep an eye on my ability to be greedy, I become overly self-absorbed, self-indulgent, and absolutely selfish.

“What about me……Where is mine?” The typical Alcoholic or Addict knows that phrase all quite well. Those words were part of my theme song to God. As the typical Addict/Alcoholic, I often recited them during my time of excessive consumption of alcohol and prescription pills.

Nevertheless, as a result of practicing the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous, particularly, steps three, six, seven, and nine, on a daily basis, I have had the opportunity to mitigate my character defects, and in turn be more generous, especially with my fellow Alcoholics/Addicts.

I have learned that generosity often comes with inconvenience.

Case in point, I generously volunteered my time and sacrificed my sleep to be of service at The Central Office of Alcoholics Anonymous in Los Angeles.

In fact, I answered calls from 2am to 4am recently. It was inconvenient to get out of my warm and comfortably bed.

Yet, answering the phone and hearing one of us on the other end, looking for help with drug addiction or alcoholism, particularly a meeting to attend, suddenly it all felt worthwhile.

In another situation, this fall I paid hundreds of dollars for a ticket to a luncheon that I had no interest in attending and in fact did not attend.

However, I purchased the ticket anyway because I knew the money would be used for a great cause, helping to shelter women with drug addiction and alcoholism.

If I did not spend it on the cause of treating alcoholism for the indigent, I would have spent it on clothes or shoes, both of which I am fortunate to have plenty of.

To be honest, I find that the more I give as a grateful recovering Alcoholic and Addict, whether it is a couple dollars at every meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous I attend, the more prosperity and abundance comes to me so that I may continue to give generously.

Besides, by giving at a meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous, we also practice the twelfth step, “Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps we tried to carry this message to alcoholics…….”

When we contribute money, we insure that meetings are available.

Addicts and Alcoholics, look at your life and determine how you can be more generous.

Keep in mind, you can give generously of your time, money, or skills, or even share your experience, strength and hope, not only within Alcoholics Anonymous, but at your local church, shelter or even library.

I have a friend/co-worker who generously gave of her time during a Halloween event at her church.

I know of another person who gives generously of his time to his congregation.

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

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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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