I am delighted to be Bella’s new 12 Step Recovery Online Editor. I believe I have many qualifications to hold this position but none as great as the fact that I am in a 12 Step Recovery Program.
The goal of my newsletter which I am calling, “Keep It Simple”, is to reach out to all of you already involved in a 12 Step program; those of you who aren’t sure if you should be in a 12 Step program; concerned friends and family members of loved ones either in or not in a program; and lastly, anyone who is just plain interested, curious and wants to know more.
Every week I will be sending “Keep It Simple” to my readers and it will include a link to my latest article, suggest a forum thread, reviews/recommendations to books, publications, TV shows, BellaOnline articles in other areas or anything else that comes my way that I feel would be helpful to you. Because many readers will be new to recovery, I will answer some of the more basic questions such as “What can I expect of a 12 Step Recovery program”? “Do I need a sponsor?” “What if I relapse?” “Do I tell anyone I am in recovery?” Additional questions you might have are also extremely important not just to me, but to other readers and can become the subject of articles, so feel free to ask or suggest.
I sincerely hope that you will sign up for this newsletter. I want to remind you that BellaOnline never divulges an email address to anyone and, likewise, I respect the anonymity of all of my readers. You may have noticed that I did not use my full name on this site. This is certainly not because I am ashamed or embarrassed that I have an addiction but because my name is not all that important. What is important is “principles before personalities” and being a woman in recovery is far more important than a name.
Remember that 12 Step Recovery programs are “we” programs and we are all in this together! Unlike any other type of group I can think of, we cross every social, economic, religious, political, cultural, age and geographic line. That makes us rather unique, wouldn’t you agree?
Once again, I invite you to subscribe to “Keep It Simple”. Although it is used primarily in yoga, the Sanskrit word “namaste” loosely translated means that I recognize the Divine in you. So, I say to all of you, namaste’. May you walk your journey in peace and harmony!