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The suggested daily reading on these pages represent the efforts of many Nar-Anon members who have shared their experience, strength and hope. The purpose of this writing is to carry the message of Nar-Anon recovery to those who suffer the effects of another's addiction. Sometimes the writing happened individually and other times in groups or at an area or regional writing workshop.The contributors are sharing straight from their hearts and in keeping with tradition, remain anonymous.

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Nar-Anon members sharing their experience, strength and hope. This daily reader carries the message of Nar-Anon recovery for those who suffer from the effects of another’s addiction.


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Daily Reading for  January 23

 

TRADITION ONE

 

Tradition One saved my family. Too often in the chaotic household of an addict, the needs of the addict are met at the expense of everyone else in the household. This was certainly true in my house. As the addict continued to spin out of control, vacations were skipped because I could not risk leaving the addict for any period of time. Holidays were ruined with one crisis after another. Financial savings were sacrificed to bail the addict out of yet another jam. While taking a group conscience in a Nar-Anon meeting, someone reminded me of the first tradition, that "our common welfare should come first; personal progress for the greatest number depends on unity." It clicked in my head that this was also true for my family. I realized that while I thought I was saving the family by saving the addict, I had harmed the addict and the entire family. By putting the needs of the addict ahead of the welfare of the family, I denied the family what was rightfully theirs. I also denied the addict the opportunity to be responsible for himself. This behavior led to an atmosphere of resentment. All members of the family felt cheated. In order for the family to survive, the family had to come first. I now understand that an individual's needs are best met when the needs of the whole family are considered. Now when family decisions need to be made, each family member is given a voice. Not for what they want, but what they feel is in the best interest of the family as a whole. Each voice is considered and decisions are made that are right for the family.

 

Thought for Today: I will not act until I believe my actions will benefit all my family.

 

"Passing on our peaceful feelings increases the level of our own peace." ~ Karen Casey



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