Wednesday, May 23, 2012

The Doctor's Opinion

todAAy i AAm grAAteful & thAAnkful

that one of the meetings I attend every week is where we read the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous.  I occasionally like to use quotes from that book.  Here is a bit of what we read yesterday...

"Men and women drink essentially because they like the effect produced by alcohol.  The sensation is so elusive that, while they admit it is injurious, they cannot after a time differentiate the true from the false.  To them, their alcoholic life seems the only normal one.  They are restless, irritable and discontented, unless they can again experience the sense of ease and comfort which comes at once by taking a few drinks - drinks which they see others taking with impunity.  After they have succumbed to the desire again, as so many do, and the phenomenon of craving develops, they pass through the well-known stages of a spree, emerging remorseful with a firm resolution not to drink again.  This is repeated over and over, and unless this person can experience an entire psychic change there is very little hope of his recovery."
Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th edition, page xxviii, xxix

I soooooooooooo identify with this.

A good example is the best sermon.
- Benjamin Franklin


Anonymous said...

Hey! That's what me and sponsee read the other night. It is really some powerful stuff!

Syd said...

I have felt restless, irritable and discontent without drinking. But there is so much less of those feelings now.