Many of us have felt like we were different at some point in our lives, even in the rooms of A.A./N.A. Sometimes this may be because we didn’t face the consequences some people faced, we didn’t lose our family, friends, and/or jobs. A lot of times we’ve even taken pride in setting ourselves apart from others.
But this is the wrong way of thinking. When having this mindset, we isolate ourselves thus making it difficult to hear the message and work a program. It doesn’t matter that we didn’t lose as much as someone else or that we didn’t use the way someone else did. We are all there because we suffer from the same disease. All of us could NOT use successfully. We all have a common problem. We are NOT different.
Once we open our eyes, we see that we actually have a lot in common with those around us. We quickly see the similarities. We are all working the 12-step program. We are all striving for change. We are all striving to be happy, joyous and free. When we let go of isolating ourselves, we can then share our experience, strength and hope with others. This is one of the many wonderful gifts of the program.
In case you didn’t know:
A.A. consists of more than 2,000,000 men and women in more than 180 countries.
Clearbrook Treatment Centers is an alcohol and drug rehab in PA and is only within 100 miles of NY and NJ. For more information, visit our website www.clearbrookinc.com