Sharing the Desire to Use

I was in a speaker meeting a couple of months ago and heard something that really struck me the wrong way. The speaker said that people with time shouldn’t express the desire to use because it gave newcomers the idea that the desire doesn’t go away.

It never sat right with me. I’ve held a slight resentment about it. Here it is addressed in our literature:

“It is important to share our feelings of wanting to use drugs. It is amazing how often newcomers think that it is really abnormal for a drug addict to want to use. When we feel the old urges come over us, we think there must be something wrong with us, and that other people in Narcotics Anonymous couldn’t possibly understand.

It is important to remember that the desire to use will pass. We never have to use again, no matter how we feel. All feelings will eventually pass.”

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