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Published August 2011.

Web Exclusive: Praying for Sanity

A bipolar alcoholic was able to use the Twelve Steps to stay on top of both his illnesses

Not since the earliest days of sobriety had I practiced Step Eleven with such intensity, and back then I was incapable of meditation.

The old joke is that alcoholics are just like other people, only more so. To me, bipolar alcoholics are just like other alcoholics, only more so, and if that sounds like a scary proposition, at times, it is.

But there is a solution. At least, there has been for me. And it lies not outside the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of Alcoholics Anonymous, but in a deeper and more desperate plunge into them. As "we found the Great Reality deep down within us," we can find a miraculous path to emotional sobriety there, as well. This is what I've experienced.

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