Do you want share your story with someone? Yes or no. (Circle one)
Do you want them to understand you? Yes or no. (Circle one)
Do you want some feedback? Yes or no. (Circle one).
Do you want them to listen to you? Yes or no. ( Circle one)
When I walked into my first 12 Step meeting and listened to what everyone was saying, it dawned on me that they were telling my story.
I couldn’t believe it. It was surreal. How did the speaker know that she was talking about me? And then suddenly it hit me: they were talking about themselves , their addiction to drugs, just like my own addiction to drugs. We were on the same page. We were kin to each other.
Just then, this stunning news that I was not alone. I felt like a snake shedding its skin. What I thought was impossible happened. It was a spontaneous reaction to my feeling at home with this group of people. I raised my hand. I got recognized by the group chair. I stumbled around for a second or two and then I plunged into my own story. It was true that my story was basically every one’s story. What guilt and shame that I felt at that moment melted away. No longer did I want to hide. It was now out in the open. My image, the good time Charley, the always happy, smiling dude,was shattered. Now here I was, broadcasting to these total strangers that I was an empty shell–living a lie on the outside and afraid to face the truth on the inside.
I got my 24 hour token that day. And ever since the day I heard someone else tell my story-36 years of 24 hour days– I am now telling my story to you, the reader.
We know that if you attend a meeting of Depressed Anonymous, and listen to everyone’s story, you too will feel they are telling your story.That’s the “miracle“of our group.
For more information click onto www.depressedanon.com and discover how you too can find a way out of your depression. We are waiting to hear your story.
SOURCE: Depressed Anonymous, 3rd edition. (2011) Depressed Anonymous Publications. Louisville. KY.