What is Your Refuge and Strength?

Written by DeShawn McQueen on Thursday, 25 October 2012. Posted in Voices in Recovery, Breaking News

Staying Clean And Sober

Put another way, what or who do you turn to to settle you, or provide you with a respite from all the chaos and stress of life?

If you are an alcoholic and addict of my variety, the hopeless kind, chances are you turn to Alcoholics Anonymous. Those of you who turn to Alcoholics Anonymous, as well, know that to walk into a room of Alcoholics Anonymous after a long day of work is like walking into a room cloaked in peace.

Actually, the feeling is indescribable. Nevertheless, it is familiar, comfortable, and like being at home. No matter how many meetings I attend, and I am certain that over the last three years, I have attended thousands, returning to the rooms Alcoholics Anonymous for a daily dose of experience, strength and hope never gets old or boring.

On a daily basis, pretty much, I find God in these rooms. I develop my faith in God and in the certainty that all will work out well if I stay clean and sober, one day at time.

Like me, many of you found God in these rooms too. I have often heard many of you say that God reveals himself in the people, smiles and words of the people in Alcoholics Anonymous.

Alcoholics Anonymous helped restore my faith in mankind. I no longer hold every human-being accountable for the actions of one unkind person. I strive to not develop resentments and to co-exist well with my fellow alcoholics, not to mention human-beings.

For others, Alcoholics Anonymous does not seem to work as well. In fact, there are many individuals who find strength and hope while sitting in the pews of a cathedral or church.

Others find strength, volunteering with the homeless or another unfortunate cohort of people.

I know a guy who finds God, not to mention peace in a bikram yoga studio.

I also know a girl who finds respite and peace in her daily pilates class.

Strength and refuge can be found anywhere except a drug-house or liquor store.

“And remember: Tolerance and Sharing your feelings with others, helps us all stay spiritually free and chemically clean.”


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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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