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A Service Act of Desperation

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“Any form of service—no matter how small— that helps reach a fellow sufferer adds to the quality of our own recovery.” — The Tools of Recovery When I introduced myself as a newcomer at a meeting, I did my first real act of service. I asked for help—a selfish act of desperation. Most of us find desperation impossible to ignore, and so it was at that meeting. Soon after introducing myself in OA meetings, I received a call from a woman whose voice seemed illuminated with a sense of serenity and confidence as she openly shared her story with me.

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