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Your Favorite Quotes In Recovery?

We all have hard days, some harder than others. During these ups and downs, sometimes a simple saying or quote that we may have heard in a meeting is all we need to pick us up and help us move on with our day. We reached out through Facebook and asked you to share some of the quotes you find yourself repeating during hard times. By sharing these, someone may hear the exact message they needed to get them through. After all, what is better than one addict helping another? Here are some of the comments we got back:

“Nothing bad can happen that a drink will make better”
“No storm last forever”
“Just for today, I will try to live through this day only, and not tackle all my problems at once”
“The only way around it, is through it”
“This too shall pass”
“And acceptance is the answer to all my problems today. When I am disturbed, it is because I find some person, place, thing, or situation – some fact of my life – unacceptable to me, and I can find no serenity until I accept that person, place, thing, or situation as being exactly the way it is supposed to be at this moment. Nothing, absolutely nothing, happens in God’s world by mistake. Until I could accept my alcoholism, I could not stay sober; unless I accept life completely on life’s terms, I cannot be happy. I need to concentrate not so much on what needs to be changed in the world as on what needs to be changed in me and in my attitudes.”
“Feelings are valid, but they are not factual”
“Dear Lord, thank you for all you have given me, for all you have taken from me, and for all you have left me with”
“Let go, and let God”
“Once you know, you can’t go back to not knowing”
“Eliminate self-defeating thoughts”
“Just do the next right thing, and if you don’t know what that is, just don’t use no matter what”
“Serenity Prayer, God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”
“When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change”

Thanks to everyone who shared encouragement. What are some other sayings that help you through tough times?

Opinion: Small Town Denial Merely Perpetuates Addiction

Written by Eliza Player on Thursday, 10 May 2012.

Opiate Addiction

Being from Louisiana, this article struck home with me. Also, my experience with small town residents addicted to painkillers paints this picture for me. I so disagree with this small town reporter. I want to warn all these small towns like Breaux Bridge, Louisiana...that this problem will not "blow over."

Overcoming the Odds, With Hopes to Change the Future

on Wednesday, 09 May 2012.

Overcoming Addiction

Tunette Powell grew up surrounded by addiction, where her father's addiction to crack cocaine shaped her life in many ways. She is now graduating college. She won a national speech award for a speech about criminalization of addiction and how it affected her life. She hopes to become a motivational speaker, to help youth in a similar position to the one she once inhabited.

News of a Dead Friend

Written by Eliza Player on Tuesday, 08 May 2012.

Death in Addiction

This is a piece I wrote last June, after getting an email, bearing the news of another dead friend. I know that I have heard this sentiment from so many others. Sometimes, it just seems like they are dropping like flies. Almost all of them, seem to die from overdose, or from drugs or alcohol in some way. It makes my heart so heavy. And yet, it makes me incredibly thankful that tomorrow I will wake up to enjoy the sunrise. It makes me so thankful to breathe this earthly air. I am one of the lucky ones.