Oct. 12, 2015 – Readings in Recovery: Today’s Gift from Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation

Monday, Oct. 12, 2015

Today’s thought from Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation is:

Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.
 — Aldous Huxley

This is a hard concept for us addicts to get. We believed avoidance was a form of self-care. Our illness depended on our ability to deny its existence. Only when we were bleeding out of every pore of our body, were we willing to admit that maybe there was a slight problem. We were afraid of the facts. To face the facts meant dealing with betraying our illness. It meant admitting we were lost and in need of help from others.

Recovery, from Step One on, is about confronting our issues straight on. We take personal inventory a lot in order to break through our denial and bond with the truth. We face, directly when possible, the people we have hurt because the fact is we have hurt many and we have a responsibility to try to help heal these wounds. As we do these actions, we watch ourselves become stronger. Our confidence – not arrogance – grows. Do we always like facing the facts? No! But our lives aren’t based only on feelings anymore. They are based on doing the next right thing.

Prayer for the Day
Higher Power, with Your help and guidance I can break through my wall of denial. Show me the things I need to face.

Today’s Action
Sometime during the day, I will sit down and make a list of issues I am avoiding. I’ll commit to talking with my sponsor about what is on the list.

You are reading from the book:

God Grant Me… by Anonymous

God Grant Me. . . © 2005 by Hazelden Foundation

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