Being of Service
“In addition to finding a spiritual way of life, recovery is about changing negative aspects of our personalities into positive ones. We came into the program with big egos but little or no self-esteem. We thought we were better than other people yet, at the same time, felt “less than.” We were people who took from others and abused friendships all of our lives. We had no concept of doing anything for anyone without the thought of some kind of reward. By the sheer grace of our Higher Powers, we have found several ways of unlearning such behavior in the program. One way is to be of service to the Fellowship of Cocaine Anonymous. We discovered that the best way to serve God was to serve our fellow humans, and we found humility in the process. Our self-centered behavior was gradually replaced with the “attitude of service.” We learned that service is about gratitude and learning how to contribute to our lives and the lives of others.”
Why Be of Service ?
• To give back what was so freely given to us;
• To take on a commitment as a symbolic way of making amends;
• To meet other recovering addicts;
• To learn how to be part of a team;
• To learn humility by doing something selfless for someone else;
• To learn skills or teach others what we know;
• To learn responsibility.
Testimonials of some CA members who have made
doing service an important part of their recovery:
« When I came into the rooms of CA, I had a feeling of uselessness. I had no self-esteem left, and I was full of self-pity. Often, I felt inferior to many people around me. I felt as though I could not fit in and be a part of anything worthwhile. Today, as the result of having gotten out of my comfort zone by throwing myself into doing service at different levels, I now feel useful, a part of. Self-pity no longer dominates me, and my self-esteem has grown immensely. Service saves!! »