Weaving my personal recovery using the fabric of Emotions Anonymous and the healing strands of Alanon.
I'm learning H.O.W. to calm the chaos when my "dry" drunk wreaks havoc.
February 20, 2011
I'm sharing an adaptation of February 15th's CTC to fit my EA program, in hopes that by writing it out for my EA needs, I may be that much more able to share in our face-to-face meeting.
"We talk a great deal about working the program. Actually, what we do is to practice what we are learning. It’s like studying a second language. A student reads books and attends classes, but this only gives him technical knowledge. To be able to use the language he must be around those who speak and understand it. He practices listening and speaking while continuing to read. If he stays with it, in time it will become a lifelong skill.
So it is with many of us. We begin with little knowledge and many misconceptions. We got to meetings about our emotional difficulties an study our literature. But to actually be able to use this knowledge takes time, patience and effort. It helps to spend time around those who are making a strong commitment to practicing these principles in their lives. We continue to listen, to read, to learn how to speak the EA language. In this way, the 12-step way of life sinks in until it becomes second nature. Then, because we are constantly changing, we have opportunities to practice some more.
If I want to become skillful at applying the program to my life, I need to do more than go to an occasional meeting. I must make a commitment to practice, practice, practice."
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” Aristotle
I am a member of Emotions Anonymous, which adapts AA's 12 steps for recovery from alcoholism, to recovery from emotional illness. Sojourning in Al-anon, a program for family members of recovering alcoholics, has helped me in dealing with my family, which was impacted by borderline personality disorder. Feel free to read!
If you'd like to the next step and participate daily in a path to emotional healing, using EA's Twelve Steps, please join us our autonomous group on Big Tent at https://www.bigtent.com/groups/emoreroom