Daily Thought 08.20.23

From: "Daily Thought" <dailythought@aa-alive.org>
Date: August 20th 2023

AA Thought for the Day
(courtesy AA-Alive.net)

August 20, 2023
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Worse, Never Better
All of us felt at times that we were regaining control, but such
intervals—usually brief—were inevitably followed by still less
control, which led in time to pitiful and incomprehensible
demoralization. We are convinced to a man that alcoholics
of our type are in the grip of a progressive illness.
Over any considerable period we get worse, never better.

- Alcoholics Anonymous, (More About Alcoholism) p. 30

Thought to Ponder
When we try to control our drinking,
we have already lost control.

AA-related 'Alconym'
H O P E  =  Hold On, Possibilities Exist.

A Member Shares:
Hi AA family. My name is Sammi and I‘m an alcoholic. I don‘t remember a time I ever did have the ability to control my drinking. I have plenty of memories of me as a teenager angry because I couldn‘t have more alcohol. And the day I turned 21, it got worse because i could buy it myself now. However, I was no alcoholic. Absolutely not! I never drank in the mornings. I waited until after 5 or 6 to start drinking. Sometimes I‘d have a break in between for a week or so. So there‘s no way I‘m an alcoholic, right? Well here‘s the thing. Once I had alcohol in my system, it changed me. I totally blamed that change on clear liquors. Surely vodka was making me act like a jerk so I switched to whiskey. And you know what happened? The same thing with vodka. And I still tried to hold on to not being an alcoholic. I called myself an alcohol abuser and then a functional alcoholic because I held a job for a while until I got drunk at work and ended up quitting. What I‘m getting at is I was in the viscous cycle. I was really sick but my mind told me I wasn't. So I kept doing the same thing over and over and over again. Expecting different results. Insanity. However, the day I realized how wrong I was started a change away from the bottle. And I fought it even while doing the 12 steps. Fought right back to the bottle where my higher power caught me. I‘m not stuck in that pattern of insanity anymore. Because my higher power guides me otherwise, as long as I listen. Which is great because I haven‘t been tempted during times of stress lately to go back to the insanity of my drinking. Thank you for having me chair tonight and for all you guys do.

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