“If you are uncomfortable speaking at meetings, we strongly encourage you to talk with a member one-to-one after the meeting, to get a sponsor, and to use the phone list between meetings. Remember: you have a right to speak.”
“A Special Welcome to the Woman Newcomer”
I learned from a young age to be seen and not heard. I began to silence my feelings by acting out sexually. In my addiction, my shame kept me even more silenced and isolated. Eventually, I forgot I had a voice and the right to use it.
In recovery, I am finding the voice I lost so long ago. When I share in a meeting, give encouragement to a newcomer, or call my sponsor, I am using my voice and I like how it sounds. In recovery, I can speak and be heard.
Today, I will remember I have a right to speak.