“Hello, my name is John, and I’m an addict.” This line of introduction is familiar to those who attend 12-Step meetings for recovery from a variety of addictions. However, I can’t imagine introducing myself this way at a recovery meeting, “Hello, my name is Norm, and I’m a cancer.”
Doesn’t fit does it? People who have cancer seem to be owned by it, or in bondage to it, but still don’t define themselves by its name. I suggest that addicts may feel like they are owned by their addiction, or in bondage to it, and they seem to define themselves by its name — but, not really when they think it through.
It’s refreshing to hear on occasion a participant’s introduction as, “Hello, my name is John and I’m a grateful son of God who is recovering from an addiction.”
So, “Hello, my name is Norm and I’m a grateful son of God, who is recovering from cancer.”
There, that fits. Now I don’t need to use a false or stolen identity on my way forward.
[GTG-4.1 Who am I?]