Who Is an Addict?
p.4, Narcotics Anonymous
When our addiction was treated as a crime or moral deficiency, we became
rebellious and were driven deeper into isolation. Some of the highs felt
great, but eventually the things that we had to do to continue using
reflected desperation. We were caught in the grip of our disease. We
were forced to survive any way we could. We manipulated people and tried
to control everything around us. We lied, stole, cheated and sold
ourselves. We had to have drugs regardless of the cost. Failure and fear
began to invade our lives.
One aspect of our disease was our inability to deal with life on life’s
Before I found the rooms of Narcotics Anonymous, I had learned how to
survive by trying to make the world around me conform to the life I was
living. Therefore, when I read this in the Narcotics Anonymous basic
text it helped me to see through my denial and begin to see how deep the
disease of addiction had taken me. However, even more than that, it
showed me that I was not the only person that had experienced this and
that there may truly be some help or even a solution to my new found
(photo via me, taken with Instagram from my iphone)
I love Ed, he is so kind and wonderful. I had the pleasure of having lunch with him the other day and he told me a story from the early days of his sobriety. So many of us do not come into the rooms with a fabulous work situation. I myself had not been fired, but I did get demoted early in recovery (ouch.) There are so many people that have turned these less than desirable work situations into really positive experieces. I love hearing people humbling themselves and doing the next right thing even though it may seem “beneath them”. Ed has one of these stories.
After trying to sober up many times “my way” I finally realized I was powerless over my addiction and surrendered. I then made a commitment to participate in the 12-step program of AA. One of the biggest changes I did different this time was that I realized that I could not continue to work for myself so I took a job working in a Grandy’s Chicken Restaurant as a cook. At that time I was fifty years old and I found myself working with a bunch of teenage kids. To this day I have some of the best memories of my life, and I learned great lessons. One of the lessons was that I must first learn to accept responsibilities from others before I could become a responsible person.
Dwayne has been so helpful in providing me lots of good recovery information from the NA program. I am so grateful that he has been so willing to step up to the plate and spread the message of NA recovery through our blog. I have gotten to know Dwayne just a bit more because of this and he is a great guy. I thought it would be fun for you to get to know him a bit more as well. I caught him in action at work in the Inquiry Call Center!
“I have been working for La Hacienda for a little over 3 years. My employment at La Ha has been totally the workings of my Higher Power; all I do is suit up and show up. My experience working for La Hacienda has been one of growth and faith.
I have been clean and serene for 16 years (not always serene); my clean-date is 3/12/95. I am a person that has a loving passion for Narcotics Anonymous literature. I have not been able to find anything that can describe the way I think, feel, and act so precisely. Through the process of recovery I have been able to evolve into a fully whole and wholly free human being. I use to live to use and use to live. By working the Steps and Traditions of Narcotics Anonymous I have been able to learn how to live a new way of life. (The NA Way)” - Dwayne M.
Good morning Alumni and Friends,
The last couple of days have been beautiful here in the Hill Country with chilly mornings, warm sunny days, and cool evenings. I sure wish it would stay this way. I just got back from our Alumni in Recovery Day in Beaumont. What a hoot! We had a great turn out. There was good food, speakers, fun, and fellowship. Thanks again to all of you who helped make this happen.
Coming up on April 29th and 30th, the Austin Alumni Group is having a Spring Fling at Emma Long Park/City Park which is located at 2222 and 360. There will be a Friday night camp fire meeting at 8:00pm, a Saturday morning meeting at 11am, and lunch will be provided at 2pm. We will finish the day with FELLOWSHIP and FUN with an 8:00pm meeting. Please bring a side dish or desert. I hope to see you there.
We have a lot of other Alumni events in the works. If you haven’t already registered and would like to get information via email, please go to our website at www.lahacienda.com. Register your email address at the bottom of the homepage. You can also get information on other upcoming events.
Well, until next week, here is a different version of the Serenity Prayer.
God grant me the SERENITY to accept the people I cannot change, the COURAGE to change the one I can, and the WISDOM to know it’s me!
Peace, Love, Joe
Did you know that April is Alcohol Awareness Month? The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, NCADD, founded and has supported this initiative since 1987. In fact, this year they are celebrating their 25th anniversary. By highlighting this month, NCADD hopes to encourage people to reach out and provide information on the disease of alcoholism, treatment and recovery. The hope is that people try to go 72 hours without drinking. If they find they are having difficulty then it is recommended they contact Alcoholics Anonymous or Al-anon for more support and information. Follow the link above for more information and to learn more about the “One too many…” theme for this year as well as the work that NCADD is doing.