NA’s Just for Today, adapted for a wider recovery audience

I have found a short list of affirmations from pages 4 and 5 of the NA White Booklet, Narcotics Anonymous, (copyright 1976, 1983, 1986 by Narcotics Anonymous World Services, Inc.) to be a wonderful daily affirmation for recovery, and have adapted it for my own use, adding more statements I felt were pertinent to my recovery from alcoholism and omitting a few specific terms in order to make it more accessible to a wider recovery audience. I believe in giving credit where it is due; therefore, I have italicized the original words within this new piece. I believe its message, my additions and omissions make this piece extend beyond the range of NA to a wider recovery audience.
I believe we are all in this together and whatever fellowship, recovery program, or therapeutic approach, whatever addiction or issue or trauma we are recovering from we can all use affirmative statements to guide us on our journey of recovery and healing. I hope many can find strength and meaning in these words. Lori Crockett

JUST FOR TODAY my thoughts will be on my recovery, living and enjoying life without the use of drugs, alcohol, or other mind or mood altering substances.

JUST FOR TODAY I will have faith in someone other than myself who believes in me and wants to help me in my recovery.

JUST FOR TODAY I will have faith in God. I will start my day by praying for guidance.

JUST FOR TODAY I will have a program. I will try to follow it to the best of my ability.

JUST FOR TODAY I will have clear expectations of myself and my duties and responsibilities. I will try to do what is in front of me to the best of my abilities.

JUST FOR TODAY I will take care of myself, and those I have responsibility for, to the best of my abilities.

JUST FOR TODAY,…, I will try to get a better perspective on my life. I will refrain from negative self-talk and self-defeating behaviors.

JUST FOR TODAY I will not let my disease control me. I will try to recognize its many voices and disguises and not let myself be influenced by them.

JUST FOR TODAY I will be unafraid. I know that I have been given a new way of life. So long as I follow that way, I have nothing to fear.

JUST FOR TODAY before going to bed, I will review my day and give thanks to God for another day clean and sober.

Adapted from NA White Booklet, Narcotics Anonymous, copyright 1976, 1983, 1986 by Narcotics Anonymous World Services, Inc.

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About Lori Crockett

I am loving life in long-term sobriety. I want to share my thoughts and my beliefs, my inspiration and my experiences with those of you who are also living in recovery. I want to provide a forum for you, my readers, to respond and share with your comments and emails and feedback. I hope by sharing my personal thoughts and feelings here that I can connect with people and extend support, understanding and most importantly--hope. I rely on yoga, meditation, healthy eating, and exercise to enhance my own sobriety, health and quality of life and would like to share what I have learned over the years. I love reading, the beach, gardening, walking my dog, and cuddling with my cats. I love working with others through volunteer work and through service work in my recovery program.
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