My loved one suffers from the disease of addiction. By living with active addiction, I learned that I could not trust the addict. I could not trust that he would be honest about whether he was staying clean or using, how he was handling money, or if he was honoring any promises he made.

When I came into the Nar-Anon fellowship, I was afraid to trust a room full of strangers with my secrets. Then, I heard about sponsorship and decided I could trust one person. So I quickly chose a sponsor and shared my story.

I continue to attend meetings and call my sponsor when I need help. I use the tools of sponsorship, telephone calls and meetings, and slowly I am learning more about the Nar-Anon program. I am regaining my ability to trust in my Higher Power and others. As I continue to grow and experience the benefits of recovery, I am learning the importance of anonymity in the Nar-Anon program. I now know that I can trust the members, and today I share openly at meetings.

Other tools of the Nar-Anon program that helped me to learn to trust again, with the help of my Higher Power, are the literature, which helps me direct my thoughts to the positive; writing in my journal, which helps me understand myself; and service, which allows me to help others and appreciate my own recovery.

Thought for Today: When I begin to use the tools of the Nar-Anon program, I am able to trust again. I found a better way to live.

“Remember…You can do wonders if you keep trying. You can cope with anything; you really can. In-depth faith always wins over difficulties. Keep going strong with the excitement principle.” ~ Dr. Norman Vincent Peale