The Just for Today literature’s daily meditation of recovery in Narcotics Anonymous (NA) for July 25th shows that our action in doing twelfth step service work is never in vain. Practicing the principles in all of our affairs, in culminating with helping the still suffering addict, keeps us drug-free and a healthy, contributing member of society. We give back to humanity through service work, which extends far past only the rooms of NA. Teachers, professors, and instructors, for example, give back to their students every day in their fields in education. Those that hold religious positions give back to their parishioners and practitioners every time that they interact with those people and provide them a service of sorts. Even those that simply donate their time to a cause they support are giving themselves in service to the greater good. If we pay attention, we can find opportunities to give of ourselves in service in many ways. Perhaps, too, we can pray to have God send us someone to help that day if we so choose.
Twelfth Step ‘failure?’ – July 25 – page 215
“Having had a spiritual awakening as a result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to addicts, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.” Step Twelve
There is no such thing as a “failed” Twelfth Step call. Even if our prospect doesn’t get clean, we have accomplished two purposes. We have planted the seed of recovery in the mind of the addict with whom we have shared our experience, strength, and hope. And we ourselves have stayed clean another day. Rarely does a recovering addict leave a Twelve Step call with anything but a deep dose of gratitude.
Sometimes we are practicing the Twelfth Step without realizing it. When our co-workers or other acquaintances know some of our history and see what kind of person we are today, they know where to go when they have a friend or loved one in need of our help. We are often the best attraction that NA has to offer!
For many addicts, the Twelfth Step is the cornerstone of recovery. We truly believe that “we can only keep what we have by giving it away.” The paradox of the Twelfth Step is evident, for in giving, we receive.
Just for today: I will remember that I am a living example of the Twelfth Step. I cannot “fail” when I try to carry the message to another addict.
Source: Narcotics Anonymous World Services. Just for Today. Narcotics Anonymous World Services, Incorporated, 1991, p. 215.