Just For Today – Loneliness vs. being alone

“Sharing with others keeps us from feeling isolated and alone.” – Basic Text, p. 85

There is a difference between being alone and being lonely. Being lonely is a state of the heart, an emptiness that makes us feel sad and sometimes hopeless. Loneliness is not always alleviated when we enter into relationships or surround ourselves with others. Some of us are lonely even in a room full of people.

Many of us came to Narcotics Anonymous out of the desperate loneliness of our addiction. After coming to meetings, we begin to make new friends, and often our feelings of loneliness ease. But many of us must contend with loneliness throughout our recovery.

What is the cure for loneliness? The best cure is to begin a relationship with a Higher Power that can help fill the emptiness of our heart. We find that when we have a belief in a Higher Power, we never have to feel lonely. We can be alone more comfortably when we have a conscious contact with a God of our understanding.

We often find deep fulfillment in our interactions with others as we progress in our recovery. Yet we also find that, the closer we draw to our Higher Power, the less we need to surround ourselves with others. We begin to find a spirit within us that is our constant companion as we continue to explore and deepen our connection with a Power greater than ourselves. We realize we are spiritually connected with something bigger than we are.

Just for Today: I will take comfort in my conscious contact with a Higher Power. I am never alone.

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5 thoughts on “Just For Today – Loneliness vs. being alone

  1. PigLove says:

    Momma says sometimes you have to find happiness with yourself as well and appreciate your alone time. She agrees with your statement that sometimes you can feel alone in a room full of people. Great statements my friend. XOXO – Bacon

    • psquirrel says:

      I think I’ve felt alone for so long because of the life I created for myself that was a life of isolation. I’m trying as hard as I can to get new friends and come out of the isolation shell – everyone here on WordPress has been so kind to me I appreciate your responses. Thanks Bacon! =)

  2. any big change in life is often accompanied by a bit of loneliness. Separating from a partner, moving house or job and especially dealing with something as big as addiction.Even positive changes take some getting used to and it takes time to build new networks. The end result will be a happier you with new awesome REAL friends. Spiritually, virtually and fleshily. 🙂

    • psquirrel says:

      Love this advice, and this verbiage! I guess one thing about being a nut addict is the sense of wanting everything NOW… and I want all those positive changes, but I get impatient when things don’t get better right away. Must remember to be patient so I end up being that happier me that you are talking about, GS. thanks so much for writing. =)

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