Grapevine Online Exclusive

Songs of Hope

AA helped to change her inner soundtrack

It's not a pleasant place to be sometimes, here inside my head. This is where my disease pulsates with toxic whispers of self-hate, resentments and fears.

It's a scary place where obsessive thoughts run wild. Meetings, meditation and prayers can often silence the damning inner chatter – sometimes for days -- but the voices eventually return. A critical remark, an unreturned phone call or a couple pounds gained is sometimes all it takes to awaken that insidious monster within my head.

And though I hear many of my fellows within the rooms speak of a similarly damning voice...

Related Items:

The Right Here, Right Now
After getting sober she was able to have the family she always wanted

A Purposeful Life
She had to admit complete defeat and powerlessness to change

Learning to Love
A four-legged friend helped him out of his loneliness and isolation

New Eyes
He got sober and got to live his happy, joyous and free life