Saturday, September 25, 2010

Rally for recovery



Today I am at the Rally for Recovery event downtown. There is music, information from various groups associated with recovery. My sponsor and I are handing out pamphlets and answering questions at the Al-Anon table.




It's a beautiful day with a nice breeze blowing. I've met a number of great people who are grateful to be in recovery. It's a good day to carry the message to others. One of the messages that I heard was that by our silence we let others define us. I am learning to define myself. Hope does float.


17 comments:

  1. cool. looks great. im sure you will be a great example/ message carrier for those who have not yet discovered al anon :)

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  2. A year has gone by already. Wow. Hope people who visit your table receive the message and act upon it to work toward their own recovery.

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  3. nice. have a great time out there today...hope you have many that come seeking answers...

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  4. I know that you will be a great messenger Syd.

    All the best to you and yours.

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  5. I love stuff like this, what a wonderful way to spend the day!

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  6. That sounds great, I don't think that anything like that happens around here. Sometimes, Alanon is at a health fair.

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  7. I love that. " By our silence we let others define us" so so true. I'm only now learning to speak my truths.

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  8. "By our silence..." Oh my Syd, I have so much to learn, but it's it great that not just me, but so many, get this chance!!!!! Thanks you for posting this.

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  9. We just had Rally for Recovery up in R.I. a couple of weeks ago. Sometimes I wonder if it takes away from AA and Al-Anon. You've got all these treatment centers and drug companies pushing thier garbage.It's a slap in the face. These greedy companies are trying to get richer off of us and our problems. I have a hard time seeing the altrusism in those Rallies. Peace

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  10. Let me get this right: you're in recovery from someone else's drinking..?

    I don't mean to demean or belittle your experience in any way as it's obviously affected you very deeply, but nothing I've read here describes the dark times you must have gone through.

    Would you consider writing about that? I've never read a story of alcoholism from the sober person's perspective. There are quite a few blogs with names like Broken Hearted Mom, Parents of an Addict etc but I've read nothing by an alcohol survivor - that is the person who was at the sharp end of all the mood swings, the bad behaviour, the attitudes. The person who sat by their friend all night just checking they were still breathing...

    Many years ago I used to share a house with a guy, who was a really nice guy, who had totalled his car when he was about 18 and had massive head injuries. He drank heavily and the alcohol on top of brain damage was NOT a pretty sight to behold. He had no idea how upsetting I found this, even though I did tell him repeatedly.

    Nearly every night when I came in late, there he was passed out on the sofa utterly insensible.

    The joke shop was doing a special offer on itching powder, so I bought 12 packets for £1. From then on I couldn't WAIT for him to pass out so I could ladle this stuff down the crack of his arse and into his teeshirt.

    It was so hilarious watching him scratch!!

    Hey my broadband's back. Hurrah!!

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  11. what a horribly unhappy house!

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  12. what a great thing! hope you're having a great weekend, and btw I'm feeling so much more comfortable with stats now that I've been seeing a tutor. I even kind of like the normal distributions :)

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  13. i love service work, it is what brings about the miracle of recovery

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  14. Sounds like a nice day. We have "Recovery happens" in my area. The message is recovery happens, treatment works and it is held at the steps of our Capitol.

    I had to chuckle at the comment above talking about treatment "garbage". I beg to differ with you sir. Treatment was part of the combination that saved my life and I am not garbage.

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  15. I attended the South Florida Al-Anon convention held in Naples this weekend. It was my first Al-Anon convention and I loved it....quite a blessing.

    PG

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  16. I am so glad there are people like you out there ready to carry the message to those who are still suffering.

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  17. Sounds like it was a great day. Love the photos.

    SB

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