I remember coming into the Nar-Anon program and thinking that I was going to get help. I did not know what kind of help, but I was hoping that my life would get better, the addicts would get clean, and my family would be happy again. I am so amazed at this journey I am taking and how the experiences of other members in my group have changed my life and the way I think. I am grateful for every person in Nar-Anon, as they have all had an impact on my spiritual, emotional and physical well-being. I am grateful for the meetings, the readings, the literature, the service work, and all those who have so willingly shared their thoughts and feelings that helped me to grow. I am grateful for the addicts because without them, I would not have come into Nar-Anon and I would not be the person that I am today.

Today the addicts are not clean and sober, they are not in a program, nor are they interested in recovery. However, I have come to believe that my happiness does not depend on the behavior or happiness of another person. I do not have to carry the burdens of anyone else along with my own. I have had a spiritual awakening and I have learned that I am not God. I have a Higher Power who I can trust to take care of the addicts. I can only trust and have faith that my God has a plan for me and for the addicts, and this plan can best be carried out if I get out of the way.

Thought for Today: With the help of my Higher Power, I can change myself – others I can only love.

“The great awareness comes slowly, piece by piece. The path of spiritual growth is a path of lifelong learning. The experience of spiritual power is basically a joyful one.” ~ M. Scott Peck