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Meetings…

I have been to over 150 meetings over the past 19 months. Between my core group meetings,  my step group meetings and a few other group meeting to find the right program for me.

Going to meetings is a BIG commitment. Commitment of time and of working your program. Committing to yourself. 

The format for my core meeting is we have dinner. This allows time to fellowship and meet with your sponsor or accountability partner. And for those who don’t have time to run home to eat, it’s perfect.  30 minutes of worship music is next. Followed by 30 minutes of either a lesson or a testimony. And then gender based share groups and that can be an hour. 

It’s amazing to me that no matter what is heavy on my mind and heart, I always hear the right thing, I always have the right conversation, I always learn something. 

There have been times I have missed a meeting, not very many but I have missed a meeting for good reasons like my sons birthday or school program but there have also been a few nights that I just didn’t want to go. And on some of those nights I’ve gone anyway and am so glad I did. And there was one or two nights that I didn’t go and I wish I had. I know that if I don’t want to go, that’s the night that I need to go. 

When you feel bad, you need a meeting! 

And there have been lots of nights, I can’t wait to go and hang out with my recovery family. A couple of weeks ago, we had a few new comers and had scheduled a video testimony. I approached the program coordinator and asked if I could speak. And of course she said yes. That I felt it was important to have a person and not a video for the new comers. I felt called to volunteer. I was feeling really good that night. And I am grateful that I did volunteer. 

When you feel good, the meeting needs you!!! 

It’s really important for those who have recovery to keep coming to meetings. It’s important because…..

  • It gives hope to others who are just starting on the road of recovery to see your success in the program. 
  • It keeps you working your program because……If you are not working your program, you are working on your relapse. 
  • The person who stops coming to meeting doesn’t get to hear about the person that stopped coming to meeting. 

It’s the PEOPLE that are attending meetings, volunteering to help set up, to make coffee, to speak, to clean up, those who listen and sharing with others is why programs like mine Celebrate Recovery are successful. 

Recovery people don’t just show up, THEY SHOW UP and live out step 12. 

So proud to be part of a recovery family. 

My journey continues….

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No Need to Compare. My Race My Pace. 

Another amazing thing about people in recovery…. there is no need to compare. My race, my pace!!! And everyone in the room is there to cheer me on. Lifting me up when I need it. Giving support when I need to rest. 

I’m just another clown on the bus. No better. No worse. Just busy running my race at my pace.  And cheering on my friends who are busy running their race……at their pace. Lifting them up when they need it. Giving them support when they need to rest. 

My goal is to continue to grow and be better than yesterday. 

About a year and a half ago, someone I know pretty well started to go to a 12 step group for a couple of weeks. Knowing that I was attending a group as well. A few weeks after he started, he stopped going and said to me, I am not as bad as the other people in the room. I said that’s too bad, maybe you should try a different time and you may find people you connect better with. No he said, I’m fine. I don’t have a problem like they do. 

Yeah you don’t have their problem, you have you own. I don’t say that, it’s not my place. He will figure it out, in his timing or he won’t. His race, his pace. Needless to say, we are not really friends any more. And that’s ok.  


We are all just clowns on the bus. Once we figure out that we are no better or no worse and that we are all running our own races, even if some are running the wrong way or not running at all…. it makes life better because we stop comparing ourselves to others.  We don’t think we are better or worse. We just are who we are. 

Keep running your race and I’ll be there cheering you on. No matter the pace. 

Work your program. BUT never work it alone. Have a sponsor, go to meetings, work the steps. Be around others in recovery. 

Working side by side others in recovery is magical and powerful.  Cheering them on. Lifting them up and being of support to them, makes me a better me and allows me to work a better program. 

My journey to serenity continues…

Thanks Google Images for the pic of the clowns and the bus 🤡🚌💕

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That space we all need to vent…

That space to just vent. Not wanting feedback or someone to fix my problem. Just space to vent. 

This is something I have learned first hand how important it is for each of us to have but so often we don’t have. 

During the share part of the meetings I attend, we each have 5 minutes to talk about whatever  we would like to talk about. We actually use a timer to make sure each person has the chance to share and to make sure one person doesn’t use up all the time. 

This time for many of us….well I can only speak for me, is the only time I have sometimes to share about what’s going on. No one can say I’m wrong, or my feeling are not valid. I don’t have to justify or explain myself. No one can ask questions. It’s 5 minutes to just just vent about something amazing or something I am struggling with and sometimes that is one in the same. 

I also see the importance of giving others this space in other parts of my life. Like Facebook for example. Over the weekend my brother posted about some frustrating and upsetting to him. He just wanted a space to vent. That became clear to me when I read the comments and his replies. Everyone was trying to fix it for him and give him suggestions on what to do. I commented ‘that really sucks, I’m so sorry that you have to deal with that’ and then I called him and we chatting about it more. 

It’s sparked a really good conversation between my brother and I. 

I guess in some ways it’s just human nature to want to fix it and help the other person from not hurting so much. But there is a time and place and people really just need a little space to vent without comments. 

My journey to serenity continues….

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Promises…

Why does addiction start? Is it running from something? Is it escaping feelings? Is it trying to mask who they really are? 

Addiction in this sick way makes promises to the addict. Whispering promises like:

  • You Belong
  • You are in control
  • You are strong 
  • You can trust 
  • You have hope
  • You are confident
  • You are brave
  • You are full of joy
  • Your life is full 
  • You are worthy
  • You are not judged

And at first it works. The addict feels strong and in control and that they belong and that they can  use this mask to cover up what’s really going on inside them. 

After those feelings the addict is hit with guilt and shame and sadness that this illusion didn’t last long enough so they use again and again again to escape themselves and this internal prison. 

Here’s the truth…… RECOVERY DELIVERS EVERYTHING ADDICTION PROMISES and more. 

It is only by the power of recovery that you are able to:

  1. Admit you can’t 
  2. Know that God can
  3. Let God
  4. Look within
  5. Admit wrongs
  6. Get ready to change
  7. Seek Gods help
  8. Become willing 
  9. Make amends
  10. Do a daily inventory
  11. Pray and meditate
  12. Give it away


And just like how Recovery delivers addictions broken promises. These are Gods promises too. God has promised us:

  • we are forgiven
  • we are free
  • there is hope
  • we each have purpose
  • we each are gifted
  • that we are valued 
  • and that we are blessed! 

My journey to serenity continues….

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C’s of Recovery…

Pretty sure it was an Alanon meeting that I heard the C’s of recovery…

I didn’t cause it
I can’t change it
I can’t control it
but I don’t have to contribute to it

These are powerful statements. They are powerful to someone who struggles with codependency. 

I know there were times that I felt I was responsible for someone else to turn to their enter the addiction of choice here because of something I may have said, expectations I may have had they they could never meet or something I did. But this doesn’t give the addict permission to be abusive or to shift the blame or even use. People say stuff that is hurtful, people have expectations and people do stuff I don’t like too. 

I now know while I felt overly responsible to change or fix it, I really shouldn’t have. And it’s was never my position to do so. Struggling with codependency, I felt that it was my job. It was part of the dynamics of loving that person.

 I have said many times in other posts that the worst part for me to realize is that I prevented the other person from growing from and being responsible for their actions because the act of fixing was from a loving place. For example: Cleaning up a glass they broke so they don’t get hurt…but what if I let them clean it up and they might cut themselves. Or calling to change an appointment for them because they were still passed out or drunk….but what if they had to figured out how to reschedule or even have to pay for a missed appointment. 

These are consequences are part of life. I’ve cut myself cleaning up glass or missed an appointment. Why was it ok for me to have to deal with the consequences but not the addict. 


Trying to control everything is EXHAUSTING. Controling the addict……walking on egg shells. Controling what others think of the addict or me…..painting a different picture of what is going on or lying about it. Trying to control the future. Trying to control the world around me and worrying about every little aspect. 

And you don’t have to contribute to it….not any more you don’t. When the music starts, the merry go round starts to turn, when the addict chooses to use, you have a choice. Do you start the dance too? Do you jump on or off the merry go round? You don’t have to. You can choose to take care of you. To surround yourself with people and things you love. No one said you had to dance or even get on the merry go round that you don’t even like. 
 
Looking out the fence of my backyard, wondering what was on the other side. Thinking this is what I deserved and what my life was just going to be. I didn’t cause it, I couldn’t change it. I couldn’t control it. And I stopped contributing to it!!!

My journey continues…

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Dear Hurting Soul…

Dear Hurting Soul –

This letter is for you. You who love an addict (no matter what they are addicted to) and your life is out of control and you are wondering how this became your life. 

I see you. 
I know your pain. 
And I was you. 

Please know that you are not alone. 
Please know that you are not crazy. 
And please know life doesn’t have to be like this. 

You may be lying or hiding things from the addict or from your friends. You may feel overly responsible for the addicts actions or lack there of. You may be doing more than your share. You may be tired from this dance of fixing and taking care of the addict. You may be checking their phone to see what is going on. You may even be pissed off about broken promises. You may be hurting that you are not being heard. Or you may even be hurting that your addict is choosing their vise over you. You may feel all or some of these things. 

Can they change? Maybe. But right now, it’s not about them, it’s about you. I know, I get it, that feels really strange to have this about you. After all, you are not the addict. 

Hmmm or are you? The chaos that happens when the dance starts. The drama of it all. Feeling needed. 
When I went to my first meeting, I was shocked that we were supposed to talk about ourselves and not the addict. ‘I just want to fix him’, I remember thinking. What am I supposed to do to to help him? 

It’s not about them. It’s about you. 

You need support and your friends can’t help you with this. And to find a group to help you navigate this. And you need to find the right group for you! 

I went to one group for several weeks. I didn’t really click with them. That group, at that time of day happened to have a lot of parents of addicts. I couldn’t exactly relate to them and I didn’t feel like they were relating to me. But someone told me to go for 6 weeks and I would get to meet more people and get an idea of what that group was about. 

I’d recommend that if your schedule allows try different times for different groups. Don’t let one meeting make a decision for you. Meetings are made up with people and different nights or times can have completely different dynamics. 

I think I went for 5 or 6 weeks and felt it was not the right group for me. And I found the current group I’m with. And I love this group. 

If you are like me, you likely have looked up online where meeting are and the times. I did several times before I decided to go. 

Crossing those doors for the first time is scary. You don’t know anyone. You don’t know what to expect. You don’t know if you will be judged. 

You can do this because you are worth it. It’s time to stop the madness and choose you! Yep, now is the time.  Right here. Right now. Choose you! Choose peace. Choose to do something different and to stop the crazy dance. 

I know you are hurting and scared. I know you are because I was. 

But I promise, once you find the right group, you will find your people. And they will love on you and take your hand and say let’s do this together. 

You will find hope.
You will find people that understand 
And you will find an amazing healing journey to healing that soul of yours. 

Choose you! You are sooooooo worth it. 

Your journey starts now. 

My journey to serenity continues….

PS if you have gone to a few meetings and not sure what to do next, I’d recommend a post from last year that you may enjoy Just Start Rowing

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no shame in my game…

I did an interview for another codependency blogger and will be featured in a few days. Pretty excited for that. One question that jumped out was…..Do you find being a codependent an embarrassing label? 

My answer may surprise some. I answered not at all and I’d like to explain more. 

I had never even heard the term codependency until late 2015. But I have been codependent for most of my life. It’s how I learned to cope, it’s what I thought Love looked like and for some time it served me well. That’s is until it didn’t and my life got completely out of control. 

Now that I have an understanding of codependency and where is came from for me, I have no shame around this term. 

The more people I met that struggle with this, the more I know that I am in good company. Men, women from all walks of life. Codependency for me has always come from a good place. A place of love and trying to protect someone. I know now this form of love is hurtful and doesn’t allow the other person involved to grow from the experience. 

Back 6 months ago or more, I want to a training event for Celebrate Recovery (CR). We were welcomed by a motorcycle group with CR Patches on their leather jackets with a big logo on the back that said ‘my chains are broken’. These men and women who on the surface not approachable but if you talk to them you know very quickly that they love the Lord and made the attendees feel welcomed and excited to be there. Was another example of not judging others. 

Just like during my regular meeting, I heard many of them introduce themselves just like I do…hi my name is —-, I’m a grateful believer in Jesus Christ and I struggle with codependency, YES! I’m in such good company. 

I am not ashamed of this label or being part of a recovery group. 

I carry my recovery tokens on my key chain. Recently, because of my tokens, I had the opportunity to talk to complete strangers about what they meant. And both times the person who asked took the time to share with me where they were in life and what they wanted to change. What a blessing to them and to me! 

No shame in my game!!! 

My journey to serenity continues…