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Archive for August 14th, 2012

“The alcoholic is like a tornado roaring his way through the lives of others.  Hearts are broken.  Sweet relationships are dead.  Affections have been uprooted.  Selfish and inconsiderate habits have kept the home in turmoil.  We feel a man is unthinking when he says that sobriety is enough.”

Page 82 of the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous

 

The point being that stopping the drink is not enough to repair the damage done.  To expect families to just forgive and forget, simply because the alcoholic has stopped drinking, is foolishness to the extreme.  Amends have to be made and they need to be made in a heartfelt manner.  Some amends may not be accepted and that is as it should be.

Living a daily life of sobriety means living by spiritual principles.  It is a lifelong process.  It basically means that besides talking the talk you have to walk the walk.  Then, and only then, will repairs be made and trust be restored.

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