Posts Tagged ‘alcoholic behavior’

Sobriety is a life-long commitment.  If you are looking for an easy fix, you have a long wait.  If you are looking for a magic elixir that will ease the pain, you will never find it.

The last paragraph in the first chapter of the “Twelve By Twelve,” states, and I paraphrase, that when we finally hit bottom we will come to AA with a willingness to listen that only the dying have.

That is how it was for this man.  I needed to realize that I would die if I did not change; only then was I willing to listen to what AA had to offer, and only then was I willing to do the work necessary to affect change.

There is a solution, and the solution will only work if you are willing to change your life and accept the spiritual principles of a better life.

Life is good for this man, and it can be good for you as well, but you must be willing to go to any lengths to change.

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“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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