Monday, November 07, 2011
Long Term Sobriety - and Pie.
I don't seem to be able to drop my controversial streak here. I had hoped to. But I got a comment yesterday that I have thought about over and over. It was anonymous and the person stated they are a non-alcoholic observer. But here is the line that got me:
There seems to be a misconception growing among our observers. That everyone in AA is a sick alcoholic. Not so, my friends, not so. I do not consider myself "not in my right mind." My mind is righter than it has ever been. I need AA as much as ever. But not because I am obsessive and paranoid and needing a drink.
There is a program of recovery in AA. There are twelve steps that really work to not only get rid of our desire to drink, but to restore us to our right minds. We then help other alcoholics and become productive members of society.
We are not all hanging around AA clubs jonesing for a drink.
Some of us have been sober for a long time, leading productive lives. And that is because the program works. Some of us have been sober a short time and have had spiritual awakenings, are helping others and getting our lives back together. Some of us haven't destroyed our lives at all and if you didn't see them sitting in an AA meeting, you would likely have no idea they have any problem at all.
AA really works. It really restores people to life. In many cases, it doesn't really "restore" because the person never really had a productive life before they got sober. But they get one as they live in a new way. Not just not drinking, but living a totally different way.
The program of Alcoholics Anonymous works. Every single day alcoholics manage to find their way into the program and find a new life awaiting. It does require some effort. The effort is miniscule when compared with the rewards.
So, I will get on my sober way and have a sober day today. Gratefully. Thank God.