Burning Desire to Share

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In Our Own Words

I notice an increasing tendency for people on this list and AA people in general to simply repeat phrases from the AA literature rather than relating their own experience with the program. One of my earliest memories of AA was of a woman speaking at the podium who talked about "contempt prior to investigation." I wasn't impressed. My thought was "people don't talk that way." AA quotes are a way of relating to people already in AA, but to me they can easily sound pretentious and often may not even be understood. I try to relate my own story in my own words.

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In our own words

I think that statement is half right. What I have found to be the truth for me is all I really have is my experience filtered through what I have found in this book. When we stay with the solution that is presented in this text,mixed with our own experiences, before and after then I think we have something solid to offer. In my opinion and my life, what I have found is one without the other isn't enough. Without this book I believe our message can get very watered down. Also, I don't think there is much of a better way of saying a lot that's in here than the authors of this book did to begin with. And without my experience, well, pardon the quote but "frothy emotional appeal seldom suffices".

Anonymous
Frothy isn't appealing

I know there are a lot of people in AA who feels as you do. But I think book quoting has more to do with trying to impress other sober members than it does with carrying the message. A newcomer isn't going to understand what "frothy emotional appeal" means. Beer is frothy. I don't know how an emotional appeal can be "frothy." Do you?

Anonymous
ok

I don't really like it either but that's ok.

Anonymous
Sober, one day at a time

It's true. I've had 9 years sober at one time; a year sober,here and there; and many times have, went months without drinking,only to have it end in a relaspes. Partly because i stood in the way of my sobriety. But that's behind me now. I only have today. If i am sober for twenty-four hours, then i feel aa has worked for me. Because one day is all i have.

Anonymous
One day at a time!

I entered a long term recovery program August 8,2011, my sobriety date, and the first 2 months were spent anguishing about how long term the program actually was; there was NO WAY I could stay here for 24 months. Once I found a sponsor and shared with her over and over that it was just to much for me her answer every time was STAY IN TODAY. Finally I accepted that all I HAD to do was stay for the day if I wanted to leave I could always leave tomorrow.And it worked I have now been in recovery for 9.5 months. It flew by and I am so greatful my Higher Power sent me my sponsor.

Lisa H

Anonymous
Working a honest program

Today, i must be honest with myself. I'm a very judgemental and critical person, as far as others are concerned. I condemn others for the defects that i have in myself.

I often treat others ill, and when they retaliate, i am hurt. Like the big-book says 'seemingly unprovoked', but i know in most cases i caused it on myself.

Today i will take a very good look at myself and my actions towards others, and see where i am at fault.

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amen

I totally agree with what you said and I need to remember this. Thank you.

Anonymous
Letting go and letting GOD

I have come to the conclusion that if i am to stay sober, then i am going to have to get out of the way. I can't follow my own sick mind, and prideful heart.
I can't do my own thing, and expect to stay sober.

Ira H.
Abany, GA

onesixteen
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Insanity :-)

That's the definition of insanity, doing the same thing (my thing) and expecting different results (sobriety). I have to be careful not to try to work the program my may. I already tried my way and the results were a disaster. The AA way is way better :-). Keep u the good work.

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The beginning of your quote

The beginning of the definition by Einstein on insanity goes " You can never solve a problem with the same kind of thinking that created the problem in the first place, the very definition of insanity is to do the same thing over and over the same way and to expect a different result." It our alcoholic mind and our alcoholic thinking that kept leading us into disaster. We needed a new way of thinking and acting. Thank god for the 12 steps of AA.

Anonymous
RE: Letting go and letting GOD

Submitted by Anonymous on Tue, 2012-05-15 16:42.

I have come to the conclusion that if i am to stay sober, then i am going to have to get out of the way. I can't follow my own sick mind, and prideful heart.
I can't do my own thing, and expect to stay sober.

Question? Did your own sick mind come to that conclusion?
An oxymoron answer or what !!!

Anonymous
Only The Sick needs a Doctor

Only the sick needs a Doctor---And only the drunk needs aa.
The non-alcoholic has no need of aa.
My way has never worked. Through my own sick thinking i stayed drunk. So today i let go and let GOD.

Anonymous
Just want a night!!

I am so happy to have reached 99 days sober. I have been through many physical medical problems and surgeries and am actually doing great. My family life is also doing great. I have been doing great in my sobriety. We just had a party for my son with beer and wine in the house and I didn't crave the alcohol one bit. I was so proud of myself. Why is it today that I just have this strong urge to just want a night to go out and have a good time drinking. Just for a night. Of course I don't want just one drink. It would have to be enough to get toasted but I just really want it. I haven't had this urge for a while. I know that if I did it I would be right back to square one because the next day, I would probably just want it over again no matter how hungover I would be or how much I would forget for blacking out but I still want it. I also don't want to throw away all of what I worked for to date. I feel so torn and mad at myself for feeling this way. The clock is moving so slow as I am waiting for tonight's meeting. I just figured I would share now to get me closer to the meeting. I wondered if anyone else out there had the same feelings.

Anonymous
Just want a night

Congratulations! You are not just a proven alcoholic but show great progress in being an alcoholic well on your way to successful recovery. Your story and feelings are mirrored for many of us, no doubt - even I have to admit I'm not unique, darnit - but you, by being honest and getting it out there, have taken some of the power away from the very real impulse/craving/self-sabotage feeling that you have. Embrace that honesty! I can get caught up in what I "am supposed to say/think" as opposed to reflecting what's really going on. That's bad for me, as the very secret-keeping that I am prone to, is perpetuated.... The last secret of course, was that the bottle was hidden in car/golfbag/drawer etc al. So accept your progress and try to remember that "perfection" is the enemy of "good" for those of our mindsets. You have done good for 99 days. Keep it up, stay strong and continue being honest.

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Spiritual Malady

I hope this letter finds you well. You most certainly sound like you understand the phenomenon of craving our book describes. So that leaves you with the other 2 folds of this disease. The obsession that somehow, some way..... And the untreated spiritual condition. I don't know the type of meetings you landed in, but if your anything like me, it isn't one that that knew how to help me treat the later 2. I was lucky enough to finally be approached by someone in whom the problem had been solved. Who was properly armed with the facts about himself. An understanding was reached immediately. I have been here a couple of times. It appears my spiritual condition can go untreated for about 2 years before I crack, I've proved that to myself a couple of times. I sponsor a guy that can make it 2 weeks,he proves it to me every couple of weeks. Under the right conditions he can make it a couple months. Maybe your threshold is about three months. Maybe not. I pray that you find that person we've described and have yourself a profound alteration in your reaction to life.

Anonymous
YES!

I have been sober for 21 months on the 18th of this month! and I am having a moment right now about thinking of having a night of drinking! just for a night. Yes, I know that is out of the question for me but it happens to me as well. Those thoughts of my old life. I hate it and it doesnt happen often' but when it does , it tells me that I am in the danger zone! RED ALERT! that's why I am on this site right now and writing in responce to you! you see-your post helped me and in return I hope I can help you! before my 21 months of soberity, I was sober for 6 months and had that "Why not moment" and after 2 months of drinking more then I ever did before, I ended in detox to start my soberity all over and it was because of my thought"just one night" I now know to hit a meeting,read a book, call an aa member and change my toughts until this horrible thought passes and it will! these bad thoughts area reminder of the desease that we have and we can never let our guard down. My life is so much better now and to have a drink would end it in complete misery. Hang in there my strong and sober aa friend! together we can conquer this !

Anonymous
Thank you

Thank you for your reply. It was comforting to see someone knowing what I was going through. I hate saying that my problems make me feel like drinking because that really isn't it. I want to drink because I want to drink. My problems are just icing on the cake. They just don't help the situation. I was at a meeting today and so many people were mentioning relapsing not once but multiple times and that is another fear that I am coming across because I just can't accept that right now. I just hope that the meetings and my strength keeps me sober. I will just continue the meetings and the use of this site as my tools. Thanks again.

Anonymous
Re: Just want a night

But the seed was planted that night at your son's party. In my experience, when i'm around alcohol like that or when i joke about drinking, it awakes the craving in me. I start thinking about.
So i know for myself that i must avoid those people, places, and things, that remind my of drinking.

Anonymous
just want a night

i am a year sober, thank god and this program. my sponsor and i discussed this very subject. go to page 100 and 101 to help with this way of thinking. it will help. peace

Anonymous
Just for a night

You have a lot of people depending on you, so please think
long and hard before taking that one first drink. You have
at least one child who is looking to you for support. Be there and be sober. Taking a drink would be the most
irresponsible thing you could do.
Many if not most of us have the desire to drink after
the pink cloud stage wears off. I thought of drinking
after about four months sober and again at about a year.
I am ever so glad that I did not drink. I found that
what helped me the most was finding another alcoholic
or alcoholics to try to help. Offer them a ride or
just lend an ear. Some members may urge you to "work
those steps", but do not let anyone cram the steps
down your throat. You have already done steps one, two
and three. I hope the meeting helped. ANONYMOUS

Anonymous
Resentments

I don't feel like drinking today,but i am stressed out,due to resentments that i have against others. I was up most of the night tossing and turning,yelling out in anger at past and present hurts. Angry at those who i perceive as my enemies, cursing them in my heart and dreaming of revange.
I'd pray for them awhile and i'd curse them awhile.
But i am glad that i have a HIGHER POWER , whom i choose to call GOD, to help me out. So i don't feel nearly as alone.
Ira H., Albany,Ga

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You get to choose

With everything that has happened to you, you can either feel sorry for yourself or treat what has happened as a gift. Everything is either an opportunity to grow or an obstacle to keep you from growing. You get to choose!
Dennis D

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re resentments

What helped me was learning the step 4 inventory as described in the book alcoholics anonymous.

It taught me how to work through resentments,fear, and sex problems.

Then step 10 taught me how to stay current by taking inventory daily.

No wonder AA has been copied to the tune of about 180 12 step programs. we found the answer to sex,fear, and resentment defects

Anonymous
Doing a 90-90

I have just completed a 90 & 90. In them 90 days i just listened. I just stated my name and that i am a alcoholic. I think that i will continue to do just that until i feel comfortable saying more.

Anonymous
Are you ready yet?

Have you ever asked an alcoholic you are trying to
help: Are you ready yet? How many of us would be sober
today if we had waited until we admitted that
we are "ready". Our first work in helping a newcomer is to
help them to become ready. I believe it harms the newcomer's chance
of recovery to ask "Are you ready yet? Or to tell anyone
"call me when you are ready". The often heard statements
Oh, they are just not ready yet, or we'll be here whenever
you are ready, prevent many from ever seeking help in A.A.
The true method is just to share what happened to
me and end it there. No conditions at all. Thank them for their time and exit. ANONYMOUS

Anonymous
Attraction

Attraction not Promotion. If they're attracted they will come around.

Anonymous
RE: Attraction

They may come around for many reasons. If we are not
attractive they may not stay. Anonymous

Anonymous
Doing a 90-90

I have just completed a 90 - 90. For 90 days i just listened. And when it came my turn to share, i just stated my name and that i am an alcoholic.

I heard alot of good and helpful sharing, and i also heard some not so helpful sharing. But i learned from them all.

Sharing that i am an alcoholic, in itself, was helpful to me. The more i say it, the less ashamed i am of it. No, i don't go around bragging about it, and it's still shameful for me to admit to in public. But i don't get as offended when my past drinking history is brought up.

Anonymous
90 in 90

Good thinking...i have found that some newcomers at meetings speak way beyond experience.

Anonymous
90 in 90

Good thinking...i have found that some newcomers at meetings speak way beyond experience.

Anonymous
Loneliness

me too

Anonymous
Loneiness in AA

I feel the most lonely when i am feeling sorry for myself.This causes me to isolate myself from the rest of the group.

Anonymous
Feeling Lonely

I feel lonely in aa sometimes myself. This is usually because i am a loner, and don't associate or inter-act with people too much.But that feeling is beginning to slip away, as i learn to be more accepting of myself and others around me.
Ira. H

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sober today

I listen to the Grapevine as my meeting at the moment. I re recorded some of the shares onto my digital voice recorder and bring it with me when I shop. It helps me not to feel alone when I am running errands and keeping appointments. I also keep it with me in the kitchen so I can listen while I cook. I feel a part of the program wherever I go if I have my voice recorder with me. I also read these posts.

Anonymous
RE: Loneliness

The outside sponsorship system is a lonely road as no human power can relive us as I watch may who miss the second step and rely on a personality instead of GOD. The outside system does seem to work for a while though.
Loneliness in a crowd only a Alcoholic understands wanna bees are party based people instead of principle based they love the club atmosphere.
Distinguish sharply, are you a party based person or principle based human being

Anonymous
Loneliness

Why do i go to AA? To stay sober or to adleast attempt to stay sober. I have been in and out of those rooms for years, staying sober for awhile, then going back out.
It's much harder for me to stay sober, than it is for the average Alcoholic, because of self-pity and grave emotional and mental disorders, that makes it almost impossible for me to work the steps right. Which makes it hard for me to hold down a steady job or feel comfortable around people.
But somehow i feel that things have changed. I feel hope arrising within me. Through my attempts at following the steps, i see that i'm the cause of most of my problems. Self-pity. Self hatred. Things that have become apart of my make up, since my youth til the present, have attempted to ruin my life and have caused me to be a door mat for the hurtful to walk upon.
So i go to AA to seek a better life through the fellowship of the meetings, and not to party.

Anonymous
RE:Loneliness

It's proof that we are "ALL" beyond human aid only sponsored people are considered sicker than them as the outside system has to put down others to FEEL better tring to fill the void.

Anonymous
joke

A guy rushes into a bar and says to the bartender " Bartender give me six shots of whiskey." The bartender sets up six shot glasses and fills them full. The guy drinks all six shots straight down. He says to the bartender "give me six more shots of whiskey" The bartender sets them up again and the guy proceeds to drink them straight down. About halfway through the bartender stops the guy and says "Hey buddy should you be drinking like that?" the guy pauses for a moment and says "Nah probably not, especially with what I got." The bartender says "Why what do you have?" The guy says "fifty cents."

Dan M.
Maplewood MN

Anonymous
My Higher Power got me through it

About five and half years ago my mother, in her 90s, died as a result of a fire in my condo. My wife and I were out of our apartment and my Mom apparently left some food on the burner too long, grabbed the pan with a linen towel instead of a hot pad. The towel caught fire and she dropped it on the floor of the kitchen then tried to stomp the flames out. Her nightgown caught on fire giving her third degree burns on much of her body. The burn ward did all they could but she died a few days later.
We rushed to the hospital when we learned about the fire but my Mom was unconscious and stayed that way. That night when we went home there was a charred spot on the carpet like a police body outline where she had lay burning. If not for my sponsor and my Higher Power, that image would have driven me crazy. As my sponsor sagely advised me, "When you are in hell, keep walking." That's what I did. Thank you God!

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thanks for sharing!

What a scene! God and AA are amazing!
Just a twist on your sponsor's advice; I've heard it said like this, "when you're GOING THROUGH hell, keep walking. And if youre catching hell, dont hold on to it!

Anonymous
Going through "hell"

Sometime it can seem almost like we are passing through Hell right here now. By yielding our will and lives to God we have the promise he will see us through.

Anonymous
Easy Does It

Last night, I had an overwhelming fear grip me of going back out and using after almost a year and a half of sobriety!

I immediately talked with several of my friends in my homegroup and they told me to take it easy that I was overwhelming myself with laundry, literature, and other things in my life.

So as a result of being woken up to reality, as a hard knox, my higher power worked through these individuals in a loving, and caring manner to bring me back to the basics: First things first, Easy Does It, and Let Go and Let God.

Sounds easier in principle form but if I want to stay sober that's what I have to do. Nothing! And I mean nothing here people is worth the risk of losing the precious gift of sobriety. Yes these are rough times today but learning to slow it down and treating ourselves good is important so I'm going to go to the library this afternoon and read! Yep. I'm taking care of myself from now on because I deserve it.

Anonymous
RE: Easy Does IT

Thank HP you did the right thing! I too believe God works through people. They used to say " If you want to see God look behind a styrofoam cup"!

Ray C.

Anonymous
STYROFOAM

I have never heard this before. Never! They used to say: "There is a God and I'm not It. anonymous

Anonymous
RE: Easy Does IT

When sponsors fail try A.A. as the Big Book say's it begins within PERSONAL wiliness not people willing !!!

Anonymous
Easy Does It?

Bill W. wrote in a grapevine article in the early 1960's: "Don't try to become a saint by next Thursday".
The statement was described as an admonition. I think
that could also mean a warning. Yet we tell the newcomer
and everyone at the meeting "That One is God, May you
find Him Now! The reading of "How It Works" at meetings
from the podium must stop, and MUST stop now! ANONYMOUS

Solutions
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Bill also wrote

Bill also wrote "Our chief responsibility to the newcomer is an adequate presentation of the program. If he does nothing or argues, we do nothing but maintain our own sobriety. If he starts to move ahead, even a little, with an open mind, we then break our necks to help in every way we can."
In my home group an adequate presentation to the newcomer is to read. The preamble, How it works, and the Twelve Traditions at the start of every meeting. YOU are not the most important person in the room. The newcomer is !!!!!

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"How It Works"

I dissagree and believe that "How It Works" needs to be read at the beginning of each meeting to give a newcomer a sence of what they will find in the literature and program. Just because God is mentioned and put out in hope that they find God is part of what we are suggested to do in our recovery. So why should we try to hide God when we know that as they read the AA literature it is filled with reference to finding God or Spirituality.
When I first sobered up and was reading the Big Book of AA in the chapter to "We the Agnostic" it says on pg46 "And it means, of course, that we are going to talk about God" and that night "I" also read "because without God it won't work." Now I have searched many editions of the Big Book since that night looking for those added words "because without God it won't work" that I read that night and have not found them in any edition.
I know today though that I needed to see those added words because I was on the road as an agnostic and without God I would not be sober today, without the spiritual I would have been doomed, God has done for me what I could not do for myself. I believe God added those words I saw because I needed to see them and it is a Spiritual program in AA, and it works better if I "Let go and Let God" be God!

Just my Opinion
Greg H

Anonymous
RE:"How It Works"

How it works maybe the only thing usefully said rather than get a sponsor and if you don't you'll get drunk - I think I will stick with God and A.A.'s way of helping me introduce myself to him, thank you anyway.

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