From the September 2012 magazine.

September 2012: The Promises in Reverse

I have been struggling with recovery since 1991. But here I am with 93 days of sobriety. I've come to believe that any and every time I've relapsed it's because I failed to grow spiritually. So now I have three home groups. It feels good to be involved in AA. So I came up with this:

If we are NOT painstaking about this phase of our development, we will be drunk before we leave the parking lot. We are going to know a new pain and a new misery. We will regret our deeds and repeat them over and over. We will comprehend the word chaos and we will know calamity. No matter how far down the road we stagger, we will still wonder where we are going. That feeling of uselessness and self-pity will intensify. We will lose interesting things and gain relations with strange fellows. Self-seeking will be constant.Our whole attitude will be on the lookout for the cops. Fear of people and economic insecurity will leave us—homeless. We will intuitively know how to stay drunk with little or no money. We will suddenly begin to think that God does not exist.

-- Robby R.

Memphis, Tennessee

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