Then I read some of the poorly written stuff on the website about why you need to check into a year or two of supervised living in a house with others - here is a quote:
when an addict or alcoholic immediately returns to common people, places and things that they are used to - relapse becomes inevitable in most cases.
Really? When I was newly sober I was taught that I needed to go back to my family and face up to my responsibilities. That although I may not have been "on" my 9th step yet, I could begin my "living" amends by acting like a decent wife and mother. A decent neighbor and friend. I could go out and get a job. I could do the dishes for crying out loud!
That God had either removed the obsession to drink or he hadn't. If the obsession was lifted, I would be able to face things without fear. For me, I would be able to live in a home with an active alcoholic. I was able to go out and purchase him beer and bring it home for him. Now, let me be quick to tell you that if I had a sponsee acting the fool like this, I would be telling her to knock it off - but I knew that I was set free from the prison of alcoholism. I knew that I was free. I did not have to go live with jailers to supervise my every move. I was released from the hell of active alcoholism by the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous which led me to a spiritual experience. I have not had to have a drink at all since then (1984) nor have I ever had a serious desire for one. I have had a few fleeting moments when I thought a drink would be a good idea, but they always passed quickly.
Maybe some people do need to be supervised 24/7. I really do not understand. That is not my story.
I would not belabor the point if my blog wasn't being published in its entirety on a website proclaiming that you cannot possibly stay sober without specific (expensive) treatment and then a long term stay in a "sober living" house.
Let me just throw out another cautionary tale to bloggers: I get at least one e-mail a week telling me about some great website or another and how they would love to link to my blog! I ignore these because I don't care who LINKS to my blog. They usually want me to link to theirs, and I am not interested in doing that. I won't even link to blogs with ads on them. I had no idea that someone could just take your whole blog and put it on their site. I will no longer ignore those e-mails. I will respond immediately and tell them that NO ONE HAS PERMISSION TO PUBLISH MY BLOG ANYWHERE OTHER THAN ON MY BLOG. I may have to get a lawyer to get this resolved. Just what I need....