We’re back with another inspiring story from a Woman of Avalon for Recovery Month. Today, you’ll learn more about Marlowe and her recovery journey. We are honoured to feature some of the amazing women who make up the Avalon community, like Marlowe. If you’re a woman who may feel alone in your recovery, please know that Avalon provides a welcoming, non-judgemental, safe place, for recovery support.
Marlowe has been a beloved part of the Avalon family for many years. Her journey with Avalon and recovery began in 1991 while attending CODA (Co-Dependents Anonymous). Then, in 1997, she started attending OA (Overeaters Anonymous).
Marlowe’s recovery journey
When asked what has been the most difficult aspect of her recovery, Marlowe answered, “Dealing with being my character defects: dishonesty, self-centredness, selfishness and fear.” This is an extremely important part of recovery – accepting yourself as you are, wholly and fully. Recognizing that you have flaws, as everyone else does, but that you are more than them. Past mistakes and choices no longer define you. As part of one’s recovery, you learn to forge your own path towards a fulfilling and happy life.
What’s the most rewarding aspect of Marlowe’s recovery? She says, “I don’t have to eat over my life’s problems.” She found healing that allows her to approach life as she wishes. Marlowe keeps a positive mindset by doing Step 11 for 12 minutes every morning upon waking up, followed by a workout. She checks in with her two sponsees via email every day (they also share gratitude lists with each other) and participates in shared one-on-one readings with four other members every week. Moreover, she attends two of Avalon’s Zoom meetings each week and provides service.
Experience at Avalon
Marlowe attributes her success in recovery to believing and following the 12 steps and 12 traditions and renewing the practice every day. As mentioned, Marlowe began attending CODA and OA meetings many years ago and she also went to the occasional Alcoholics Anonymous meeting when she was not working during the daytime. Unfortunately, COVID has impacted how those in recovery attend meetings. Marlowe says, “The isolation has made me have to recreate my life – activities – deal with self-pity, fear and do some things very differently.” She misses the Centre and attending OA in person because “it’s always been such a welcoming and uplifting place for my recovery and well-being.”
To women considering seeking help for their addiction, Marlowe says:
“It works for me and every single person that has followed the steps — sometimes slowly (like for me) and sometimes fast. It does work.”
We are so grateful to Marlowe for sharing her story with us. We recognize that recovery journeys are deeply personal, and it takes a great deal of courage and vulnerability to open up. Avalon is continually inspired and motivated by the Women of Avalon who show their strength and determination as they make their recovery a priority. We hope that Marlowe’s candidness inspires other women to reach out to Avalon for support. You can find more information on our services on our website.
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