February 26, 2021


Page 58

"The Eighth Step offers a big change from a life dominated by guilt and remorse."

Basic Text, p. 39

Remorse was one of the feelings that kept us using. We had stumbled our way through active addiction, leaving a trail of heartbreak and devastation too painful to consider. Our remorse was often intensified by our perception that we couldn't do anything about the damage we had caused; there was no way to make it right.

We remove some of the power of remorse when we face it squarely. We begin the Eighth Step by actually making a list of all the people we have harmed. We own our part in our painful past.

But the Eighth Step does not ask us to make right all of our mistakes, merely to become willing to make amends to all those people. As we become willing to clean up the damage we've caused, we acknowledge our readiness to change. We affirm the healing process of recovery.

Remorse is no longer an instrument we use to torture ourselves. Remorse has become a tool we can use to achieve self-forgiveness.

Just for Today: I will use any feelings of remorse I may have as a stepping-stone to healing through the Twelve Steps.

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12 Step Meetings

Since the utter disaster that has been known as 2020 and the global pandemic known as “The Rona,” we need each other more than ever. We need meetings more than ever. But, like everything in 2020, it seems that locating meetings can just be chaotic and confusing.

There are dozens (at least) of sites with just as many meeting pages, locators, maps, etc. And none of them seem to match. Finding credible sources can be difficult. We want to help you find the meetings you need without adding to the confusion.

After reaching out and speaking with some higher-up ‘officials’ in Narcotics Anonymous and Alcoholics Anonymous, Recovery Bees has agreed that the best way to do this is to simply send you to the official websites to find meetings.

The links below will take you to the official sites of your chosen fellowship where you can find updated, accurate information on what meetings are open and operating near you.

If you find any information that is incorrect or simply confusing, please feel free to email me or SMS text me and I’ll help you as best I can.

aa meetings
Alcoholics Anonymous Meetings

Click here to visit the AA website to find accurate and up-to-date meeting information on meetings near you. In addition to in-person meetings you will find phone and online meetings as well as other resources provided for free to help you recover.

na meetings
Narcotics Anonymous Meetings

Click here to visit the NA website to find accurate and up-to-date meeting information on meetings near you. You can search by region or address/zip code, andthe lists include meeting requirements for masks, social distancing, etc.

If you can’t find what you’re looking for, please reach out to us at any time. You can use the customer support toggle on the left of your screen; you may also email us at hello@recoverybees.com or text us at (352) 247-7492. We want to help you succeed and we’ll do whatever we can.