Is Depressed Anonymous the real deal or is it just too good to be true. Are we much like the novel character Pollyanna, over optimistic about everything or are we the realists who take life on lives terms and then deal with it the best way that we can. For all of us who are program people we know the answer to that question.
The best way to deal with any problem or life situation is to face it squarely and deal with it. Feelings and all have to be felt, looked at and then dealt with. Take it from me and the many others who come into our program depressed and who discover that we are not the” pie in the sky “people, the people with the magic potions or the magic wand wafted over our heads. But, we are the solution focused folks who will help you build a program that will last a lifetime, giving hope, with a fellowship of hopeful people with whom one can always be in contact with.
One of the areas of life that the depressed has not much experience with is to be like little Pollyanna of Porter’s novels. Most times the gloom that settles in our minds and heart are those feelings of despair and darkness which we are unable to shake off. It’s that feeling of hopelessness, the feeling of being completely helpless as we gradually make our whole existence one of inner pain and anxiousness. We can’t sleep–or we sleep too much. We eat too little or we overeat. Our life is lived out in what feels like a prison cell. It’s a prison without bars, granted, but we cannot leave it just because we will to. Will power is initially useless. I know, I tried that route. The Depressed Anonymous fellowship is one of the means which provide us with a key–a way to leave this prison of isolation.
And then here comes this group called Depressed Anonymous. Why go to a group of people who are depressed and listen to stories about their sense of futility and oppression? That would be depressing! That is, unless they are using in their lives the 12 spiritual principles of Depressed Anonymous. This is the blueprint which build one step at a time the rest of the structure that, like the Alcoholic, overeater, all build a structure that can last a life time. Once they are onboard and begin using Steps for their own personal recovery to build a new life of hope, no adversity can force them to go back to their old and addictive behaviors.
The depression experience is what brings them into our fellowship and it is here that hope is gradually restored. But please, we don ‘t have the easy answers or magic pills, or the magic wand to make our pain go away. What we do is provide a plan, a blueprint if you will, a daily dose of hope with a lively fellowship, sponsors and literature.
There is no sugar coating here. No whitewashing the pain of an individual depression experience. But just like the alcoholic who makes a commitment to keep from alcohol one day at a time, we too have the same program. We come in and decide that yes, I have a problem, and yes I will do all in my power, plus with the ever present God of my understanding, change what needs to be changed in my life, one day at a time. This is the real deal. And so won’t you join us in this program of recovery and make the effort to discover how you too can live a life of hope and happiness.