Mari Q. shares her story of addiction and the phases of her development over the many years she has been in recovery – a process she describes as a healthier practice. The Twelve Steps are only one piece of her recovery, there is a lot more that she learned outside of Twelve Step meetings that she incorporates into her recovery.
What we talked about
- Mari’s introduction to the Twelves Steps in Alateen.
- Her first experience with drinking.
- Her many attempts to bring her drinking and drugging under control.
- Attending NA and eventually finding sustained abstinence from drugs and alcohol.
- Navigating recovery as an atheist.
- Understanding her and other people’s phase of development.
- Taking a holistic approach to recovery.
- The importance of letting others in Twelve Step programs know that she stays sober without a belief in God.
- What she enjoys doing and is capable of doing in recovery.
There re all kinds of things that I have learned because I am aware and because I’m sober that are more than just the program for me as far as how I live my life. A healthier practice today is what I’m invested in.
I recognize the phases of development that I’m in and that others are in, and I have compassion for other people for whatever phase they are in or I am in.