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|05-31-2008, 09:34 PM||#1 (permalink)|
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Detroit, MI
My disease is three-fold.
My disease is three-fold. I have a physical allergy, a mental
obsession and a spiritual malady. If I take one drink, I will lose
all control of my liquor consumption (Big Book page 21). If I dwell
on the "good old" drinking days, I will be obsessed with re-living
them. If I attempt to choose not to drink "one day at a time", I will
find that I my "so-called willpower becomes practically
nonexistent" (Big Book page 24).
When I gave up nicotine, I simply choose not to smoke "one day at a
time" and it became easier for me each day. When I tried to give up
alcohol by choosing not to drink "one day at a time", it became harder
for me each day. My problem was not just alcohol. For me "not
drinking" did not treat my alcoholism. I was uncomfortable in my own
skin before I took my first drink as a teenager and I returned to
being uncomfortable in my own skin after I took my last drink.
Alcohol was my solution for 30+ years and did not become my problem
until my final years of drinking when it failed to give me comfort
before it made me blackout.
It was not until I recognized and addressed my "real problem" that
sobriety became comfortable. My real problem was in the form of the
"Four Horse-man of the Apocalypse " (Terror, frustration, bewilderment
and despair). Until I found a way of chasing them away, sobriety was
not worth having.
What keeps me sober today is what allows me to be comfortable in my own skin; serenity, humility and benevolence. I find that if; I practice these principles in all of my affairs (step 12B), God does for me what I cannot do for myself (12th ninth step promise). That’s the deal (literally). It is truly a simple program.
Quotes are from the book
Alcoholics anonymous..First Edition
Last edited by CarolD; 05-31-2008 at 11:39 PM. Reason: Added Source
|06-01-2008, 07:29 AM||#3 (permalink)|
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Zion, Illinois
|06-01-2008, 11:16 AM||#4 (permalink)|
Adjusting my Sails
Join Date: Jan 2008
Blog Entries: 5
I used to think of us as the Five Horsemen, Terror, Frustration, Bewilderment, Despair and Dean62 because we used to spend every morning together. *shudder*
Your right Boleo it is "God does for me what I cannot do for myself" a simple program.
Thanks for carrying the simple message.
I long to accomplish a great and noble task; but my chief duty is to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble - Helen Keller
|06-10-2008, 01:34 PM||#6 (permalink)|
Awaiting Email Confirmation
Join Date: Jun 2008
Good post, Bolero.
I know now that I consumed alcohol & drugs due to my 'four horsemen' (depression, anxiety, panic, stress).
It is A LOT easier maintaining a clean & sober life knowing how to keep the reins on these guys.
When I let any one of these horsemen go off on a full gallop things start falling apart.
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