Monhegan Island. The Island Institute took the photo. Year 'round residents out here, they have a school and the ferry runs every day for appointments.
When you’re down and out, something always turns up—and it’s usually the noses of your friends.
Friends ought to stand by us in adversity, and many do so. But if our sex addiction becomes public knowledge, we may find ourselves isolated. Friends drop away, lovers leave, children retreat into incomprehension.
Now we really need support. We know we cannot go it alone; we have been alone too long. We need the strength that comes from other people.
This is when we come to acknowledge the power of the group. Our program is based on the affection, strength, and caring of our fellow sufferers, many of whom have been in dark and lonely places, too. They understand; they are our brothers and sisters in sickness and in health. They understand and they do not condemn us; they have compassion that comes from fellowship in suffering. As we learn to trust them, we participate in a new communion of friendship that gives us strength and love.
I need support, and I am finding it through my program and in my group.
From: Answers in the Heart, Daily Meditations for men and women