MY INTRODUCTION TO A.A.
In the hospital I was given a big book and
after detoxing was sent to an out patient
program. There was one woman there at the
hospital that was wise enough to see that
I could use some Al-anon help
that I read the book "Keeping Secrets" by
Susan Somers. It was easier to read than
the big book so I read it with delight.
Here was someone who spoke my language.
She wrote about the abusive relationship
she grew up with in her family. I'm not
going to go into the stuff that happened
to me at home but will say that I was a
time bomb ticking to go off on some poor
person because I could not face the things
that had happened to me when I was a child. Three doctors and another hospital
stay later, I went to my first Adult Children of Alcoholics meeting. I still
could not or would not admit I had a drinking problem. How could I if dad drank
more than me! Al-anon taught me to keep the focus on myself and not on the alcoholic.
I also would go to Al-anon meetings and the ladies with drinking husbands would
unknowingly take my inventory. I would listen to how their hubbies would abuse
them and I'd think to myself that sure sounds like my past relationships. I finally
ended up going to A.A. meetings in the hope to
find a sponsor who was really working the
steps of A.A.. From that point on my life
has changed completely. I stayed sober for
three and a half years and decided to try
some controlled drinking like the big book
suggested. I went to the bar and drank a
few drinks and the police started to control
my drinking for me. I ended up in jail
after 3 beers, thank God, for I got very
violent. Now I am completely convinced
that I belong in A.A.! I have been sober
now since July 15, 1993, even though
I lived on the streets for 6 years I praise God that he kept me sober through
I have a very good relationship
with God for I truely have come to know his
voice and although I am not much like a
sheep, I do follow his instructions to the
best of my ability. Here is a link to a story from the Cincinnati Enquirer telling
opens into a beautiful rose. If I try to unfold it with my own ways,
it falls apart. Let Go And Let God!
Not Only is it in the Big Book, It's in the Bible too!
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