Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020
Today’s Gift from Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation is:
Reflection for the Day
Addiction is called the “lonely disease”; almost without exception, people with substance use disorders are literally tortured by loneliness. Even before the end of our using or drinking—before people began to shun us and we were “eighty-sixed” from bars, restaurants, or people’s homes—nearly all of us felt that we didn’t quite belong. We were either shy and dared not draw near others, or we were noisy good fellows craving attention and approval but rarely getting it. There was always that mysterious barrier we could neither surmount nor understand. Finally, even Bacchus betrayed us; we were struck down and left in terrified isolation.
Have I begun to achieve an inner calm?
Today I Pray
May I know the tenderness of an intimate relationship with my Higher Power and the calm I feel when I touch my Higher Power’s spirit. May I translate this tenderness and calm to my relationships with others. Higher Power, deliver me from my lifelong feeling of loneliness and show me how to be a friend.
Today I Will Remember
My Higher Power can teach me to be a friend.