"The newcomer is told to believe in anything, just believe, because anything (even a doorknob) is more than they got now..... However, my sponsor always cautioned me to never dumb down God. That it is our own selfish nature that tries to box everything up in neat packages and it is our pride that makes us think we can." - N
"Hey Dad, I understand sobriety is important but the idea if someone drinks that they can't be a father is ridiculous. Man up! Going to AA and trying to quit drinking does not exempt you from your responsibility - me." - A son
"I have always felt like this pathetically disgusting person, so destroying my life with drugs was not a far jump. I created loneliness. I found something wrong with everyone because I was afraid of being judged. Through my recovery, I slowly learned I could be so much more. I found myself by the grace and strength of those around me. Never underestimate the power of what is meant by you and I." - E
"When I look at her picture my regret deepens,
When I feel alone the most this needle is sinking,
And as my blood gets replaced with a feeling I used to love,
I wonder if my daughter forgot her father,
Like I did the one above.
I thought the first step was easy,
yet I still think I can manage,
Me being a father,
And how failure should be an acceptance.
My doubt grows more as does my days sober,
Sometimes I wish id never got high,
But instead gotten over,
My selfish pleasures of escaping my head,
That leads me to addiction till eventually I'm dead.
So I pray for understanding,
I pray for a better life,
I pray those hands will move on those numbers,
So I can finally know its time,
So my daughter doesn't have to say that I wasn't the dad she needed,
While her heart is growing without me.
My arms are being mistreated,
The poke makes it harder,
The dope makes the distance farther,
But twelve steps gets me closer,
To my arms around my daughter." - C.C.
"I once heard that if one has faith, then fear cannot be present. I disagree strongly. I believe that fear holds faith. They must exist together. It is the moving past fear, not the absence of it that strengthens a life with faith." - Jack