The Power of Identification
A member discusses the importance to him of introducing himself as an alcoholic in meetings
"I am an alcoholic." I mumbled those words at my first AA meeting, not fully realizing what they meant or even why I said them. I said them simply because everyone else did; I didn't want to embarrass myself. I didn't stay sober after that first meeting, as I was there just to get my court card signed for a DWI. I did not have an honest desire to stop drinking.
That was in 2007. Three years later and with some time sober, I understand the importance of identification. Having "fully conceded," I believe deep down in my heart that I am an alcoholic. For me, that means I will never be... Login to read more
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