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Friday, February 13, 2009

friday's questions



first i would like to thank all who respond;
your input is important to my recovery.

how many attempts at sobriety have you made previously?

who introduced you to the AA or NA program?


do you have any desire to drink socially in the future?

if you sponsor someone, is it beneficial to you?

have you stopped asking yourself; "why me"?

are family and friends supportive, or sometimes suspicious?

do you agree that this is a "we" program; or that we are
ultimately responsible for our own recovery?




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9 comments:

Blind Faith said...

I honestly don't know. More than 5 times and less than 50 is about as close as I can get.

I was introduced to AA initially through an inpatient program but never attended once discharged. I was introduced to Al Anon by a family friend.

I do not have any desire to drink...ever.

I am not a sponsor.

Oh yeah. The real question was why NOT me? I'm not so special that I'm above trials.

A little of all of the above. Friends are supportive. Family is supportive as long as I shut up about the family disease. I'm the only one that's sick. ;0)

Both. I am responsible for my choices and the consequences. My sobriety is aided by those who are like me. The "we" part of the program is vitally important. As an addict, my tendencies to isolate make me vulnerable to relapse. When I work my program, the strength, hope and experience of others provides me with an inexhaustible well of hope. I need never be alone again.

RipGurl said...

how many attempts at sobriety have you made previously?
3 half-hearted and 2 committed during pregnancy

who introduced you to the AA or NA program?
searched it out on my own

do you have any desire to drink socially in the future?
Sure, but I know that this is not possible.

if you sponsor someone, is it beneficial to you?
Have yet to do so.

have you stopped asking yourself; "why me"?
This is useless, since afflictions are part of our makeup and come with blessings.

are family and friends supportive, or sometimes suspicious?
Supportive yes, suspicious no.

do you agree that this is a "we" program; or that we are
ultimately responsible for our own recovery?
We, as in God and me- yes!

Hope this helps John. Some days are better than others. Friday night has become my new Sunday night. I used to dread Sunday nights, now it is Friday nights that I tread through with unease. In time, it should get better though (I hope). Right now, I know most people are changing patterns since we are in such a downturn economy. Even those able to drink can't, due to the cost. Just think we have another excuse, besides being poor.

Indigo said...

1) I didn't exactly make any attempts before this last one. I had periods where I would slow down, but not fully stopped drinking.

2)Paul(my other half) introduced me to AA he had done the program long before I met him. Initially it was mentioned as help for my father. In the end I was the one that needed the help.

3)Even after 5 years, I don't believe I would ever be able to drink socially. At times I think about it and wish I could. But the reality is it would never stop at that first drink. I know that and won't ever allow even the first drink.

4)I think sponsoring someone is a reminder what it was like for you those first days. Beneficial? I think so by being a guide to someone else's sobriety, your reminding yourself why you do the program.

5)I no longer ask why me...At first I did. With the help of AA and therapy I soon realized the why for my addiction. I think that's a question we all need to answer at some point.

6)It helps living with someone who has worked the program. He's supportive and knows how much I want my sobriety. There is no room for suspicion, it goes hand in hand with trust issues. You have to trust the other person wants their sobriety enough.

&) I definitely think it's both. We are responsible for our own sobriety and recovery. There is also a need for it to be a "we". It helps us keep focused sharing our stories and the guidelines to our sobriety with others.

Hope I was able to lend some insight into your questions dear friend! (Hugs)Indigo

Shadow said...

quite a few, on my own, quite unsuccessful

blogging, after i went to rehab

desire, yes, but don't dare!

don't know, i'm not likely to, but i'm sure it must be beneficial

in my dark moments i do

mostly supportive, seldom suspicious

i couldn't do it without my little support network, definately a 'we' programme, although the final decision will always lie solely with me...

Kathy Lynne said...

how many attempts at sobriety have you made previously? One serious attempt (without AA) and many, many, thousands..I'm not going to drink today..days that failed.

who introduced you to the AA or NA program? yahoo.com AA Beginners Group


do you have any desire to drink socially in the future? NO!

if you sponsor someone, is it beneficial to you? I tried..it was..but I don't think I'm ready to take someone through the steps so I'm doing them again

have you stopped asking yourself; "why me"? YES

are family and friends supportive, or sometimes suspicious? supportive

do you agree that this is a "we" program; or that we are
ultimately responsible for our own recovery? I am responsible for my own recovery however I cannot do it alone and therefore must be a part of the WE....

Robb said...

-how many attempts at sobriety have you made previously?
>> 3, until I decided it was time to get and stay Clean

-who introduced you to the AA or NA program?
>> My first wife, NA. Rehab/Treatment forced me into AA

-do you have any desire to drink socially in the future?
>> Nope. Or pop, shoot, snort, smoke, rub into my belly, etc. No wait, on hot summer days, the thought always appears, "Man, just one beer..." hehe, as if just one...

-if you sponsor someone, is it beneficial to you?
>> Sometimes I think more for me than my sponsee

-have you stopped asking yourself; "why me"?
>> Yup, unless I'm dealing with gov't bureaucracy

-are family and friends supportive, or sometimes suspicious?
>> Family still owns the ? mark at times, but friends are 100%

-do you agree that this is a "we" program; or that we are ultimately responsible for our own recovery?
>> I am the only person responsible for my recovery, BUT! I Can't, WE Can!!!

Love your blog!! ((((HUG))))
Keep The Faith*
Robb

Gwen R said...

1. None
2. Dad and a ex boyfriend
3. No
4. Sponsoring has been beneficial to my recovery
5. Yes
6. Family does not get it
7. It is a we program but I am ultimately responsible for my own sobriety

Great Blog!

Fireman John said...

wow, thank you all for the responses.
it is important for me to get answers to the questions that are pertinent to individual recovery.
i think we're all in agreement;
it may be a "we" program, but it's still a "me" recovery.

Pam said...

wow, I'm a little amazed at the answers to sponsorship. It sounds like people are getting to step 11 and stopping.
That's scarey.

 
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