August 2012: Just a Drunk
A member uses caution when advice comes his way
TRADITION EIGHT: Alcoholics Anonymous should remain forever nonprofessional, but our service centers may employ special workers.
My alcoholic drinking career lasted nearly 35 years. Drinking led to my becoming a liar and thief, constantly living in fear of being found out. Uncontrollable fits of boozing saw me fired, jailed, dishonored, suffering intolerably, going into hospitals, treatment programs and AA. With a few variations, I repeated that performance over and over for about 19 years. Over a year of my life was wasted in treatment because no one could see that my real...
-- Jack F.