of another day. Another sober day. There is always hope as long as I don't take a drink of alcohol.
I am somewhat awestruck by some of my commenters lately. I mostly treat this blog like a bit of a lark, I just put something on it every day that is hopefully somewhat entertaining. I try to always make the connection between my every day life to the miracle of living sober. I have made the assumption (yeah, I know...) that my readership, however small, was mostly comprised of recovering alcoholics. However, I am finding that a fairly large percentage of my readers have gotten to my blog by searching "alcoholics anonymous," "how do I know if I am an alcoholic," "how to deal with an alcoholic mother/son/daughter/father," "will he get sober if I leave," etc.
Every time I get serious on my blog, I say - I am a sober member of Alcoholics Anonymous. By the Grace of God, I have been continuously sober since July 24, 1984. That gives me some experience, strength, and hope, which I wish to share with anyone who desires. However, it does not make me an expert on alcoholism, recovery from alcoholism, Alcoholics Anonymous, or anything else. I am a fully fallible human being, an alcoholic human being. I make plenty of mistakes, some of which can be seen here in my postings over the last year. I am honored that people actually read my blog because it is mostly all about me! me! me! I love to read the blogs of other recovering alcoholics. We are hugely entertaining people.
But I feel I must say that if you are trying to stop drinking, please give yourself a break and call Alcoholics Anonymous. Just about anywhere in the world, they will be listed in the telephone book. The top link on my sidebar is information about AA, you can click there and get information on how to contact AA. There are a couple of million of alcoholics who have gotten sober in AA and would love nothing more than to help others to recover.
Al-Anon helps people who are affected by an alcoholic (drunk or sober). It will not teach you how to sober that person up, it will help you to take care of yourself and find happiness regardless of another person's behavior.
Sorry to be so serious today. There are so many hurting people in the world, I wish they all could find the kind of contentment and peace of mind I have found in AA. Not that life is a picnic every day, there are still problems, but I don't have to react to things the way I once did. Today I actually have choices!
"So to you out there - who may soon be with us - we say "Good luck and God bless you!" -- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 121