Hope Contagium

A therapy journal of self-obsession, depression and meaning.

Tag: recovery

Forget, work, love

‘Depression is under the skin, all the surface of the body has the depression just below it, and we cannot take it out; but we can try to forget the depression even though it is right there.’ […] ‘There is a final step,’ she said to me after a long pause. ‘At the end, I teach them the most important thing. I teach them that these three skills – forgetting, working, and loving – are not three separate skills, but part of one enormous whole, and that it is the practice of these things together, each as part of the others, that makes a difference. It is the hardest thing to convey’ – she laughed – ‘but they all come to understand this, and when they do – why, then they are ready to go into the world again.’

 – Phaly Nuon, The Noonday Demon (2001), Andrew Solomon


Step 4: Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
Nearly every serious emotional problem can be seen as a case of misdirected instinct. When that happens, our great natural assets, the instincts, have turned into physical and mental liabilities.

 – Twelve-step program, Alcoholics Anonymous (1939), Bill Wilson

The Lull Before The Storm

Ah, recovery. You may think you feel it happening but you don’t know until it hits you: the peace in your body; the ease in your mind. It’s over… for now.

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