This is a support for chronic pain sufferers in sobriety (AA or otherwise). Even though AA is clear that medical issues are none of anyone else's business, all too often other people in sobriety will look at people who need pain medication with suspicion. It's also difficult to share in meetings about our pain and medical struggles that effect our sobriety without lengthy explanations that can leave us feeling judged and alone.
pamc created this group as a support network for those people who are sober, yet for one medical reason or another need to be on what can be considered "mood altering chemicals" and/or "addictive substances."
Feel free to post about any topic as it relates to your sobriety or chronic pain. The purpose of this community is to offer support. Any post that strays from that purpose will be deleted.
Participation Guidelines From Alanon All discussions should be constructive, helpful, loving and understanding. In striving toward these ideals, we avoid topics that can lead to dissension and distract us from our goals.
Discussions of Religion. Al-Anon is not allied with any sect or denomination. It is a spiritual program, based on no particular form of religion. Everyone is welcome, no matter of what affiliation or none. Let us not defeat our purpose by entering into discussions concerning specific religious tenets.
Gossip. We meet to help ourselves and others to learn and use recovery philosophy. In such group therapy, gossip can have no part in our program. We do not discuss members or others, and particularly the alcoholic; our dedication to anonymity gives people confidence in recovery. Careless repeating of matters heard at meetings can defeat the very purposes for which we are joined together.
Dominance. Our leaders are chosen not to govern, but to serve. No member of sobriety should direct, assume authority or give advice. Our program is based on suggestion, interchange of experience, rotation of leadership. Each person makes progress in her or her own way and pace. Any attempt to manage or direct is likely to have disastrous consequences for group harmony.
Here are the 12 Traditions of AA, which I use as a guide to moderate this group. Again, it doesn't matter if you're using RR or some other program... I've found these to just be a good idea all around.
The 12 Traditions of Alcoholics Anonymous
1. Our common welfare should come first; personal recovery depends on AA unity.
2. For our group purpose there is one ultimate authority - a loving God as He may express Himself in our group conscience. Our leaders are but trusted servants; they do not govern.
3. The only requirement for AA membership is a desire to stop drinking.
4. Each group should be autonomous except in matters affecting other groups or AA as a whole.
5. Each group has but one primary purpose - to carry its message to the alcoholic who still suffers.
6. An AA group ought never endorse, finance, or lend the AA name to any related facility or outside enterprise, lest problems of money, property, and prestige divery us from our primary purpose.
7. Every AA group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions.
8. Alcoholics Anonymous should remain forever nonprofessional, but our service centers may employ special workers.
9. AA, as such ought never be organized; but we may create service boards or commmittees directly responsible to those they serve.
10. Alcoholics Anonymous has no opinion on outside issues; hence the AA name ought never be drawn into controversy.
11. Our public relations policy is based on attraction rather than promotion; we need always maintain personal anonymity at the level of press, radio, and films.
12. Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all our Traditions, ever reminding us to place principles before personalities.
From Alanon In closing, I would like to say that the opinions expressed here were strictly those of the person who gave them. Take what you liked and leave the rest.
The things you heard were spoken in confidence and should be treated as confidential. Keep them within the walls of this room and the confines of your mind.
A few special words to those of you who haven't been with us long: Whatever your problems, there are those among us who have had them too. If you try to keep an open mind, you will find help. You will come to realize that there is no situation too difficult to be bettered and no unhappiness too great to be lessened.
We aren't perfect. The welcome we give you may not show the warmth we have in our hearts for you. After a while, you'll discover that though you may not like all of us, you'll love us in a very special way - the same way we already love you.
Talk to each other, reason things out with someone else, but let there be no gossip or criticism of one another. Instead, let the understanding, love and peace of the program grow in you, one day at a time.