Post by Susan P. on Jan 6, 2016 8:59:48 GMT -8
Writing a journal is an important tool even though it is a neglected one. I started my first diary when I was ten. It was all about my love addiction at the time. I found it a few years ago, and it explained what I was going through at the time. I was feeling rejected and lonely. I was experiencing erotomania which is the belief that someone loves you when they do not. This kept me hooked longer than I should have. As John Bradshaw said, "Love addiction is a thinking disorder."
If you want to keep a progress journal, let me know and I will create a sub-board for you. If you want it to be private I can give it a password. If you want it to be "view only" I can lock it. I started my second journal in 1982 with my 4th step inventory. Later entries became part of my book Addiction to Love.
When I read old journal entries, I can see how far I have come. When I am writing a current journal, it reminds me daily of my commitment to recovery. To journal on this message board is a learning experience for others and an inspiration, so I encourage you to keep it public as long as you have a username. Don't be embarrassed. Well, let me put is another way. Even if you are embarrassed, remember the AA promises. "No matter how far down the scale you have gone, you will see how your experience, strength and hope can benefit others."
My current journal is about my addiction to taking care of my son Karl. It is still ongoing as he will always be my son. It starts with no contact and evolves into limited contact as I get stronger.
Journals can change your life. Give it a try.