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Weekly Focal Point
 
"Our behavior will convince them more than our words. We must remember that ten or twenty years of drunkenness would make a skeptic out of anyone."

~ Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous ~
 

Regaining Trust With The Family

In early recovery most of us fall victim to the delusion that sobriety is enough to repair the damage caused by our alcoholism or addiction. We may believe that our family, spouses, friends or bosses should extend immediate trust based on our early efforts. However, trust can only be truly be restored by consistent action taken over time. Many of us may experience a myriad of questions, doubts and lack of trust well into our first few years of sobriety. The Big Book reminds us that when we begin to amend our relationships, that it is our job to take the lead and uses the example of a tornado roaring its way through the lives of others.  It was our decisions and behavior patterns that have resulted in broken relationships and our responsibility to repair them.  We use the spiritual principles of patience, tolerance, kindliness and love. In time, those relationships will be renewed and rebuilt in a way that we could not have conceived.
Questions for Our Consideration
 
1. Can I make more of an effort to practice spiritual principles with my family, supervisors and friends to gain their trust over time?

2. Am I utilizing my tools in recovery before reacting to my family rather than responding to my family?

3. Do I allow my family to have their own experience without becoming defensive and aggressive?

4. Is it possible that time and consistency will be the determining factors rather than my words?
 
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