It is a universal truth that when an addict is feeling depressed and burdened by his own personal problems, working with and helping other addicts is a magical cure to his self-centeredness.

When I have felt like using chemicals and when I have been weighed down by worry, anxiety, self pity and anger or depression, the best solution for me has been to go spend time with another addict and think about them instead of myself.

The act of encouraging another addict and showing them that you care, is a great way to help the other addict and also to help us.  My sobriety is dependent upon the maintenance of my spiritual condition.  One definition of spiritual sickness is selfishness and self centeredness.  If all I can think about are my problems, then I will not be able to reach out and really listen and empathize with my fellow addict and friend.  Selfishness blocks me from connecting with other people.

Many times I have been depressed or angry or irritable and discontent and helping another addict has saved the day for me.  What a great deal:  I get out of myself and I feel better, and the addict feels my love and friendship and no longer feels isolated and alone.  “Together we stay sober, alone we relapse”.

We have to give it away in order to keep it.  It is a great feeling when addicts get together and lift each other up.  None of us can act like an island and try to solve the big problems by ourselves.

Joy comes from fellowship and loving each other.

So the next time you feel depressed, frustrated, angry or lonely, go help another addict — it works!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About The Author

Robert J. Allison lives in Saint Paul, Minnesota with his wife Rochelle Allison. Robert survived a 28-year battle with chemical dependency, including 13 chemical dependency treatment centers and homelessness. He surrendered his life to Jesus Christ and began his new life of faith and contented sobriety. Robert has been blessed with 18 years of sobriety and with his new freedom he now is helping other addicts to find peace, faith and the priceless gift of sobriety.

Four powerful and encouraging Bible Truths:

1).  If God is with us, who can be against us?    Romans 8:31

2).  For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.    Romans 8:38-39

3).  God gives each of us the ability to do certain things well.   Romans 12:6

4).  For I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.   Phillipieans 4:13

 

 

 

About The Author

Robert J. Allison lives in Saint Paul, Minnesota with his wife Rochelle Allison. Robert survived a 28-year battle with chemical dependency, including 13 chemical dependency treatment centers and homelessness. He surrendered his life to Jesus Christ and began his new life of faith and contented sobriety. Robert has been blessed with 18 years of sobriety and with his new freedom he now is helping other addicts to find peace, faith and the priceless gift of sobriety.

I was surrounded by my enemies and their names are fear, pain and rage.

Then I remembered the power of Jesus.

I saw a vision of me bathed in the Saviour’s light, and I saw Jesus all around me.

Jesus is above me.

Jesus is below me.

Jesus is to the right of me.

Jesus is to the left of me.

Jesus surrounds me in His powerful love and,

All of my enemies are gone.

About The Author

Robert J. Allison lives in Saint Paul, Minnesota with his wife Rochelle Allison. Robert survived a 28-year battle with chemical dependency, including 13 chemical dependency treatment centers and homelessness. He surrendered his life to Jesus Christ and began his new life of faith and contented sobriety. Robert has been blessed with 18 years of sobriety and with his new freedom he now is helping other addicts to find peace, faith and the priceless gift of sobriety.

This is an anonymous poem by an author who focuses on the internal battle that each of us wages in our spirits and our emotions every day.

I pray that this simple poem will help you to be more kind to yourself:

“A Promise To Myself”  — (Anonymous)

I promise to be kind to myself today.

Negative thoughts I will chase away.

Those cutting remarks and critical words

From my inner voice, will not be heard.

 

This personal battle comes to an end.

My inner child needs time to mend.

Haunting memories of past mistakes

Will no longer cause my heart to ache.

 

My freedom comes from the inside out-

From letting go of that old self doubt.

But my power comes from God above

who helps transform me with His love.

 

About The Author

Robert J. Allison lives in Saint Paul, Minnesota with his wife Rochelle Allison. Robert survived a 28-year battle with chemical dependency, including 13 chemical dependency treatment centers and homelessness. He surrendered his life to Jesus Christ and began his new life of faith and contented sobriety. Robert has been blessed with 18 years of sobriety and with his new freedom he now is helping other addicts to find peace, faith and the priceless gift of sobriety.