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Humility: Nothing To See Here...Move Along

Posted 02-15-2013 at 02:53 PM by wiscsober
Updated 02-16-2013 at 10:45 PM by wiscsober (typos grammar)
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“When I announced to all who would listen that I attained humility, I promptly lost it." - ME

Earlier I blogged that I am discouraged by research stating the grave numbers of AA/NA failure rates. I wanted to know where were the research numbers showing success rates. I thought it was a novel idea until I read a blurb in a recent AA Grapevine that mentioned a study done by Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine (CWRUSM). The results are in Substance Abuse, Sept. 2012.

In brief, a 10 year study of recovering alcoholics shows those who help others in Twelve-Step programs further their sober time. Those engaged in AA service work did more step work and attended more meetings than those members who relapsed and/or left the 12-step programs. CWRUSM's study shows that a recovering person interested in others keeps that recovering person "program connected" and frees the person of a “vicious cycle of preoccupation ...which is...root of addiction.”

There is no need to re-invent the wheel, bicycle tire, or mousetrap. I am forever grateful to Asians 10,000 years ago for the wheel, John Boyd Dunlop for the tire, and Hiram Stevens Maxim for the rodent killer. There is no need to re-invent a recovery program for alcoholics. Hats off to Bill Wilson and Dr. Bob Smith, Lois Wilson and Sister Ignatia, et al. who “invented” the twelve steps and twelve traditions hence Alcoholics Anonymous/Al-Anon, and a groundbreaking hospital rehabilitation model.

Every time I come up with something new about alcoholism vs. abstinence it has already been written and practiced. At an AA meeting I recently attended NA beer was mentioned. Several people responded in unison, “Non-alcoholic beer is for non-alcoholics.” I hadn’t heard that saying before, and wished I thought it up! Humility. Gotta love it.

As laymen we are advocates carrying and espousing the message of AA. All of us are advocates who have worked all the twelve steps, continue working with alcoholics, practice the program in all life’s affairs, regularly attend 12-step meetings and preform service work. If we haven’t completed all of the steps we are diligently working through them and remaining sober for long periods of time. We are sober much longer on average than people who irregularly attend meetings, don’t be of service to wet or dry drunks, don’t progress through the steps.

We are humbly sober. We are not failures. We welcome new roles in society. We embrace humanity. Each day is new and uniquely ours. We recover and love it. We have extensively done our research, conducted our studies, strive to remove character defects, and reported back to the fellowship -- that -- We attain certain degrees of humility, and do not relapse.
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    Well said. Selfless service is the key to happiness in life.
    Posted 03-03-2013 at 11:28 AM by pravchaw pravchaw is offline

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