Recovery Meditations ~ Isolation ~ One Day at a Time ~ June 28, 2011


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"Solitude vivifies; isolation kills."

Joseph Roux

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As an introvert and an agoraphobic I

relate to both sides of this quote. From

an introverted point of view, I need

solitude to regroup, renew, and

refresh. It's part of my process in life

to have quiet time by myself in order to

"get it together." When I'm alone I can

read my OA literature and meditate on

what I'm reading and learning. I'm able

to gain new insight and a renewed sense

of direction in my program.

From an agoraphobic point of view,

isolation kills my ability to stick to

my program. When my social anxiety

cycles and it becomes difficult to get

to meetings or make phone calls, I hide

from the world and from my friends and

other OA members who can help me

maintain my abstinence.

Solitude and Isolation are both active

decisions. Both require some

forethought. If I need solitude in order

to regroup, I have to make time for

it. I have to take a walk, read a book,

putter around my house. On the flip

side, if I'm having a hard time with

Program and my social anxiety is

becoming unmanageable, I can either

isolate and spiral down, or I can choose

to take action and get to a meeting,

make a phone call, or ask my sponsor to

meet me for coffee. I don't have to be

alone in this program.


I remember that I have control over my

actions. Although I need solitude to

heal, I don't have to be alone in my