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Recovery meeting
By JustMe
2/16/2011 1:17:02 AM
I finally did it. I went to an Addiction Recovery Support Group meeting. That was probably one of the scariest, most difficult moments in my life...right until I actually walked through the door.

The whole way there I was thinking to myself "I can't do this. I can't believe I let things go this far." And I was seriously, pardon the phrase, crapping myself. I was so worried and nervous.

After sitting in my car for a few minutes and watching other people go in, I finally mustered up the courage, got out of my car, and went inside. And I will always be so grateful that I did.

The spirit and hope that I felt in that room, from both those who are far in their recovery and those just beginning, was incredible. The testimonies born were sincere and heartfelt. I really experienced through others something I want to have for myself...recovery. I want to have that deep relationship with my Savior, my wife, and my family. I want nothing but complete honesty. In essence, I want freedom. I tasted that today. And it tasted great.

My head felt much clearer afterward than it's felt in a long time. I am definitely going back next week!

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glad you came    
"Hey my name is Loren. Maybe you were at my meeting last night?"
posted at 09:48:46 on February 16, 2011 by lawrence
Possibly?    
"I was wondering the same thing, actually. I read your post about all slips being premeditated before I went, and then you mentioned it again at the meeting, right? If so, nice to put a face to a name. :) I was the newby in the leather jacket. Guess I'll see ya next week!"
posted at 10:42:54 on February 16, 2011 by JustMe
That's so wierd...    
"I'm jealous of you Utahns"
posted at 12:37:37 on February 16, 2011 by Anonymous
ARP is Awesome    
"I'm glad you went, and went inside. It's hard the first time, but then it's easier to go. I love my ARP meetings. I just got home from one tonight. I'm single so I have to hire a sitter to go, and even if I had to pay twice as much, I wouldn't miss it. The spirit is strong. It is good to be surrounded by others who are also struggling. It is good to hear of their successes and failures. Tonight one of the gals had just been to the temple to do baptisms for the first time in 8 years. Its a great thing. I'm jeaous of you Utah folks too. :)"
posted at 00:34:01 on February 17, 2011 by dstanley
Keep going....    
"Like anything good we do, Satan will throw you curveballs to keep you away. Don't give in. Keep your eyes on what matters most."
posted at 02:01:42 on March 8, 2011 by chefdalet


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