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If you have a drug problem, or just relapsed, our goal is to help you find recovery by connecting with other recovering addicts so that you can stop using drugs, lose the desire to use, and find a new way to live.  This Website is designed to inform other individuals and organizations as well, so they can direct using addicts find the help they need in Narcotics Anonymous.  It is also a resource to those in service who are committed to helping the addict who still suffers by making recovery available and accessible to anyone with a desire to stay clean

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Just For Today Daily

August 17, 2019

Tell the truth

Page 239

"A symptom of our disease is alienation, and honest sharing will free us to recover."

Basic Text, p. 83

Truth connects us to life while fear, isolation, and dishonesty alienate us from it. As using addicts, we hid as much of the truth about ourselves from as much of the world as we possibly could. Our fear kept us from opening ourselves up to those around us, providing protection against what others might do if we appeared vulnerable. But our fear also kept us from connecting with our world. We lived like alien beings on our own planet, always alone and getting lonelier by the minute.

The Twelve Steps and the fellowship of recovering addicts give people like us a place where we can feel safe telling the truth about ourselves. We are able to honestly admit our frustrating, humbling powerlessness over addiction because we meet many others who've been in the same situation-we're safe among them. And we keep on telling more of the truth about ourselves as we continue to work the steps. The more we do, the more truly connected we feel to the world around us.

Today, we need not hide from the reality of our relations with the people, places, and things in our lives. We accept those relationships just as they are, and we own our part in them. We take time every day to ask, "Am I telling the truth about myself?" Each time we do this, we draw that much further away from the alienation that characterizes our addiction, and that much closer to the freedom recovery can bring us.

Just for Today: Truth is my connection to reality. Today, I will take time to ask myself, "Am I telling the truth?"

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