AA Thought for the Day
October 6, 2019
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The idea that somehow, someday he will control and enjoy
his drinking is the great obsession of every abnormal drinker.
The persistence of this illusion is astonishing. Many pursue it
into the gates of insanity or death. We learned that we had to
fully concede to our innermost selves that we were alcoholics.
This is the first step in recovery.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, (More About Alcoholism) p. 30
Thought to Ponder
When we try to control our drinking, we have already lost control.
A B C = Acceptance, Belief, Change.
A Member Shares:
Hi All, I'm Jim and I'm still an alcoholic, in case any of you were wondering. It took me a while to get to the stage where I realised that though. The constant question of.. when will I be able to drink again normally? Then trying to go easy on the alcohol. It didn't work though, and probably like everyone, I had to reach my bottom. I had to realise that I was actually powerless over alcohol. Once I was able to do that, everything has started to change. It's not to say that life is easy, but life is good. Stress, worries, problems are still there. BUT... and it's a big but, I'm not drinking. And as a result I'm not digging myself into a hole in the ground, in more ways than one. My wife knew I was an alcoholic, and all I could do was say, I'm sorry...I'll try. That went on for a long time. If I'm honest she has wanted me to stop drinking so much probably for well over 10 years. And I'd always just go, yeah yeah. I just wanted one to calm down, I drank too much coffee today, I want to unwind with a beer. At a certain point it wasn't one beer but a 6 pack a night. Then it just ramped up and up and you start to hide things. And you look at the trash and you're still not being honest with yourself. Why is the recycling bag full of beer cans!?! It's a BIG recycling bag. I'll, erm, push them to the bottom so she doesn't notice. Anyways, thankfully I hit that point last year. Where I realised I couldn't control this and I really needed help. As I always say don't follow me I don't know what I'm doing. But with the help of the group, and yes, the steps are a good frame work for how to live through honesty, self reflection, helping others and just simply getting out of yourself. So thank you all.
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