INDEPENDENCE

Definition of Independence:  the fact or state of being independent.
Synonyms of Independence: self-governing/determining, autonomous, freedom, etc.

These notes are from recovery in AA and/or related 12 step programs.
Readers are encouraged to click external links for more detail.
We hope you find them helpful.
Love in fellowship.

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Love and attachment are not synonymous. They are close to being opposites. If we “attach” ourselves to others, our movements as separate individuals are hampered.

Attachment means dependency; it means letting our movements be controlled by the one we are “hooked” to. Dependency mood-altering substances, on food, on people, means unmanageability in our individual lives.

Many in recovery, though abstinent, still struggle with dependency on a certain person or a certain friend. It is healthy independence we are striving for-taking responsibility for our own lives-making choices appropriate for our personal selves.

Loving others means letting them make their own choices unhampered by our
“attachment.” –Each Day a New Beginning/Karen Casey | More…

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