February 2011: Pushing for humility
From the February 2011 Grapevine Magazine
A work-hard, play-hard lifestyle became a work-obsessively, drink-alcoholically way of life
"I picked up a job pushing a broom in a styrofoam factory. It was the very best I could do."
I had been drinking daily for roughly 17 years and drinking alcoholically for approximately 24 years before I came in contact with AA. Somehow, even with the blackouts, accidents, injuries and basic horror of my alcoholic existence, I managed to hold on to my career.
My profession defined my identity and sense of self. I had a “work-hard, play-hard” life, which in reality meant a “work-obsessively, drink-alcoholically” lifestyle. Work fed my ego and justified my excessive daily drinking (if you worked as hard as I did …).
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