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“We’re here to connect.”


 Will Smith’s character, Howard Intlet, makes this declaration during the movie Collateral Beauty. After experiencing a great tragedy, his character seeks answers from the universe. And just like Howard, many of us are seeking answers and trying to understand the importance of connecting to one another.


For those of us who are battling an addiction and working towards recovery, we are often told to “stay connected.” We hear it in our recovery circles. The speaker likely means to return to a meeting and to stay in contact with people who support.


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“When I stopped living in the problem and began living in the answer, the problem went away”

The remedy for fear, anxiety, anger, resentment, and insecurity; acceptance is the answer to almost every problem. Acceptance, in theory, may seem like a simple enough principle. In reality, practicing acceptance is a difficult challenge that may require dedicated plan of action. Discover why acceptance is so crucial to living a serene life, especially for those in recovery from addiction. And more importantly, find out how you can start incorporating it into your own life today.



What is Acceptance?

On a basic level acceptance means ceasing to resist or fight ourselves, others, and the world around us. It is often called a spiritual goal, with the focus being to express oneself in a way that brings self and others into harmony or union. Unfortunately there are various things in life that challenge our ability to be accepting. Prejudices, judgments, fears, and hatred are obstacles to living in harmony with ourselves and all of our relationships. The goal of acceptance is to get past these obstacles and transcend our differences. All relationships are an opportunity to overcome separation and division, to experience connection and harmony.


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The Tenth Tradition reminds us that we as a group do not have an opinion on outside issues.  This is an important principle, as it keeps our meetings focused on our primary purpose: to help others.  As a sober member of twelve-step programs and an active member of the local Buddhist center, I have some experience with keeping outside issues of mine out of the rooms.

Although my participation in this other organization is very helpful to me, has helped me connect with myself and the world, and is very important to my sobriety, it has no place in the rooms.  When I speak directly about my “religion” rather than my spiritual program of working the Twelve Steps, I am
minimizing my effectiveness to others.

When someone shares and makes clear his or her religious affiliation, I must admit I close my mind a tiny bit.  I am not proud of this quality, but it is the truth.  I think if I, with a few years of sobriety, have even the slightest amount of contempt for this, than it is probable that a newcomer also would.

The need to share religious affiliation in meetings baffles me.  I often wonder why somebody would share that kind of information.  My personal opinion is that it tends to come off in a demeaning way.  When somebody speaks about his or her intense religious practice, I feel contempt because I feel judged.  I often feel like it is a separating act, not a unifying.
Although at any given meeting there are possibly people with similar religious beliefs, there are generally far more people with different beliefs.  One of the
most beautiful things about twelve-step rooms is the unifying of addicts and alcoholics from all different walks of life.  Feeling a part of was one of the most wonderful feelings I felt upon entering the rooms.  Putting differences out there like religious beliefs is simply unnecessary and certainly unhelpful.

Knowing this, it is my opinion (based on my personal experience, as well as those that came before me), that any religious affiliation should stay out of a
regular meeting.  Where I live, there are twelve-step meetings that are designated for people of certain faiths or beliefs, just as there are gender-specific meetings.


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