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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

avoiding relapse


at today's noon meeting, the topic was relapse
as it affects the group.
certainly many of us have slipped along the way.

there are many excuses to pick up, but
rarely any good reasons.
whether it's poor me, unaccountability or
inability to resist temptation, doesn't
matter.

the bottom line is the conscious choice of
the drink over continued sobriety.
it's not mysterious, cunning or baffling!

our primitive mid-brain knows and craves
intoxication; be it for pain relief or euphoria,
it cares nothing about consequences.

the difference between acting on the impulse
or resisting is dependent upon our physical,
emotional and spiritual conditions.

in previous posts i compared it to a scale.
the more involved in examining and
improving my life, the better equipped
i am to handle the unexpected.

in past attempts, i reached a point where
it seemed i had "gotten it".
that was a dangerous stage; it led to
complacency, cockiness and a feeling
of being "cured".

that was the catalyst which started the
thought process of the most famous
mantra of the "got-it" stage...
"i can control it now"!

trust me, i tried and failed many times.
would i like to drink safely again?
certainly!

i abandoned that quest 5 years ago, thankfully.
so until the experts can devise a way to do so;
i will continue to do what has worked till now.

show up, own up, and grow up!



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5 comments:

Shadow said...

this is such a well written post and so to the point and accurate. excellent!

MICHAEL PATRICK said...

Dear Jack,
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS IS A CULT!!

MICHAEL PATRICK said...

Dear Jack,
JESUS CHRIST OR AA?

Michael David said...

Dear Johnny,
Bill Wilson cheated on his wife Lois with many different women, both before and after sobriety.

He even cheated on her while she worked in Loesser's department store to support him. "I'm going to a meeting" was often a double-entendre when Bill Wilson said it.

Bill actually invented the old A.A. tradition of
Thirteenth Stepping, the pretty women who come to A.A. meetings seeking help for alcoholism.

(First you teach them the Twelve Steps, and then you take them to the bedroom and teach them the Thirteenth Step....)

Even worse, Bill Wilson's treatment of his wife Lois can only be described as "cold, cruel, vindictive, and heartless".

Michael David said...

Dear John,
Thank you for publishing my comments!! :)

SATANIC ILLUSION WAS BASIS OF ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS!!

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