By: Marilyn L. Davis
“Sometimes, people don’t need our monies and our treasures. All they need is our encouragements to give them hope.” ― Israelmore Ayivor, Leaders’ Frontpage: Leadership Insights from 21 Martin Luther King Jr. Thoughts
Someone Cared for and Encouraged Me
Thirty-two years ago, five caring people staged an intervention on me. My choices were, go to treatment or lose my job. I chose treatment.
One of the first things someone said to me when I entered treatment was, “If I can do this, so can you.” I didn’t know if that was correct, but I heard their sincerity.
Taking away all of my pills and alcohol, I felt vulnerable, scared, and defenseless. I couldn’t believe in myself, but I could take their encouragement and try to do things differently.
Those same compassionate people handed me a book that others had written to show me how to recover. It’s dog-eared, needs rebinding, and each page has highlighted passages. But it’s still true, and helps keep me focused and encouraged.
I’d like to be one of those people who tell you, “If I can do this, so can you.” Here are some simple ways to “do it.”
- Believe that recovery works.
- Use your resources
- Find supportive people
- Take advantage of meetings where you can follow the philosophy and flourish in a new life.
- Help others; share the solutions that worked for you.
Facebook is a Recovery Resource
There are many good online recovery support rooms where I find friendships, support, encouragement, and answers. Yes, even after thirty years, those are still important to me.
Here’s a simple link for various recovery sites on Facebook – see which speak to you, follow them, interact with people on the sites, and see if your recovery doesn’t improve.
Here are a few I interact with regularly:
- A Man in Recovery Helping One Addict at a Time
- Alone I Can’t, Together We Can
- DAAD Drug Addicts Against DRUGS ( not just drug Addicts) !
- From Addict 2 Advocate
- Hope for Humanity
- Recovery Rocks
…And Google Says
Want Recovery Delivered to your Mailbox?
If you’re not familiar with Keys to Recovery Newspaper, I’d encourage you to check it out. I love getting mine each month.
Whitney McKendree Moore is a recovering Al-Anon who writes, Recovery in the Bible for Women. But Whitney’s messages are for all of us, not just spouses or children of the alcoholic or addict.
What’s a Family to Do?
Families need answers, too. The Addict’s Mom supplies them.
Recommended Recovery Authors
- Barbara Sinor
- Beth Burgess
- Catherine Townsend-Lyon
- Cathy Hull Taughinbaugh
- Lisa Frederiksen
- Whitney McKendree Moore
Know the National Resources
Add to the Resources!
This is just the shortlist.
What resources do you recommend?
If you will, put the resource in a comment, and I’ll update the post!
Writing and recovery heals the heart