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Thanks be to God and to practicing program one day at a time. I’m frequently reminded of the critical importance of remembering exactly where I came from. It is crucial for me to remember that being in active addiction really was that bad.

With time, my memory can become fuzzy. It can encounter peculiar twists that try to convince me that it could never have been as bad as I have made it out to be. But it was that bad. There is no life in active addiction, only a slavish existence.

I pray to remain mindful of the pain of my past each and every day and to recognize the truly precious gift it is to wake up abstinent and clean, one day at a time. There truly is nothing else like abstinence. It gives rise to hope, to possibility, to freedom, and to truth.

From one fellow compulsive overeater to another, “I put my hand in yours, and together we can do what we could never do alone” (OA Promise).

— N. Melbourne, Australia

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