— ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 63
Many times in my alcoholic state, I drank to establish a bond between myself and others, but I succeeded only in establishing the bondage of alcoholic loneliness. Through the A.A. way of life, I have received the gift of bonding—with those who were there before me, with those who are there now, and with those yet to come. For this gracious gift from God, I am forever grateful.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
Today’s reflection is a great reminder of how the disease is insidious in it’s lies to the addict.
Frequently within an addiction the addict will lie to themselves(and others) in saying that their drink or drug is part of a social landscape that they keep with their “friends” and others.
However, as the disease and addiction progresses so many faces and names change yet the drug and drink remain the same. The “bonds” that are formed are ones of sheer loneliness within the addiction. We adjust our criteria of being a friend or acquaintance to match our need to use. Our moral code is adjusted to allow these people in. However, in sobriety, we find that true relationships are built. True, meaningful friendships are developed based on morality, common true interests, and life as opposed to coming together simply to get high or drunk.
That is one of the many gifts from recovery; that of true friendship and relationships.
So we all know that alcoholism and addiction is a behavioral disease. To help maintain an active recovery then necessary behavioral changes must happen.
Some of these changes often include employment. One thing I was really bad at within my addiction was being reliable. Reliable to get to work, reliable to be at a family event, reliability as a whole.
What is nice about employment in your active recovery is it can help keep yourself honest and accountable. I’ll also say that I, as an active recovery addict, seem to be more motivated and determined than others that I work with. This is not to say they do bad work or lack motivation, it just means that I am aware that I have a little extra “oomph” when it comes to my day-to-day. That “oomph” is my recovery. I wake up every day trying to be better than I was the day before. What else could be more beneficial to an employer?
With that we would like to update you on the IMPACT HIRING EVENT taking place on AUGUST 24th,2016 from 9AM-12PM. This is located at 1213 N Arlington INDPLS, IN 46219 on the 1st floor.
Companies such as Kroger, Xerox, FedEx, and many many more will be conducting hiring interviews. Me and Big Jim G were talking today about our experiences in recovery in the work place. I got my “second chance” by means of a downtown restaurant and ran with it. We all need a second chance at times, this may be that opportunity for you.
Here is the brochure. As always if you need us, we are here. All you have to do is call or come. God Bless