He’s been in recovery for 5 years now, and leading meetings like this for 3, Robert goes on. He’s sure they’ve noticed that this is a much smaller group than they’re all used to, Robert continues. ‘I invited each of the three of you to come tonight because you’ve each stood out to me in the regular meetings due to the fact that each of your stories is particularly…troubling,’ he adds, ‘and felt you might benefit from some special attention.’ Again, the three ladies eye each other curiously. So he’d like to thank them all for coming, he continues. As they work through their steps, they are offered the chance to tell their stories, he goes on. Of course, sharing is NOT obligatory, but it can be a very helpful tool in recovery, so he would like to now go around in a circle, he continues. ‘Please introduce yourselves, and if you’re comfortable…share,’ he says.
‘And we can begin with you,’ Robert says kindly, indicating Marlene. She hesitantly describes being tricked into fucking her boyfriend and her stepdaughter by the manipulative daughter. The event traumatized her, causing her to associate family with sex.
Robert looks at her kindly. Thanks for sharing Marlene, he says. That kind of experience can send you into behavior loops and patterns that you think you’ll never break free from, he continues. ‘But I promise you – and I’M living proof – I promise you that there IS an answer out there for you,’ he says kindly. Marlene smiles thinly at him.