Is AA the way for ME?

“Remember, no matter where you go, there you are.” – Confucius

It doesn’t matter what post-addiction support group you choose, what rehab program you choose, what new pledge to stop drinking that you have pledged to whom, etc. If you cannot reach down deep to find the internal strength, arresting the addiction will not happen! I have learned that the same principle applies to lying, cheating, half-truths etc. You cannot lie ,cheat, steal or tell half-truths just a little bit. As you may have hood winked someone else, at the end of the day and everyday, you are accountable to you!

Here’s another quote that I like. “There is no try, only do, or do not. .” – Yoda.

My experience has been that if you leave yourself a back door, the illness of alcoholism will surely find it. I’m really going to “try” this time. I’ll only have one beer or one glass of wine. OK, only on Saturdays, holidays, full moons etc. You’re better off to keep drinking if this is what you are doing. Commit and don’t look back. The gravitational pull of you addiction will be on your heels, wanting you back..now!

Try everything if need be. If AA works for you, all the better. If not, move on. Life is too short. Try Rational Recovery, a church support group on spirituality, Allen Carr’s book, find a good therapist…etc.

I went to AA everyday for two years and I learned a lot. I would recommend checking it out. You will know, in time, whether or not AA is the right place for you. Have an open mind and pay attention.

After my two years in AA, I chose to continue working with a therapist, wholeheartedly embrace my family and friends and renew my involvement in the spiritual path that I grew up with. That said , I still use some of the more noteworthy principles that I learned from AA. They are with me every day!

Don’t be afraid to trust your instincts. Do what’s right for you. Not the person sitting next to you!

Author: iceman18

For many years, I worked hard to build a charmed life. I had been living that life to the fullest until the time came when I took a precipitous fall into the abyss of alcoholism. Unwittingly, I claimed my family as hostages and took them right along with me. I survived addiction and have been in recovery since February 9, 2007. Since that time I have been working courageously to face down "the ghost" and eliminate the demons of my past. I find that writing My Story has had great therapeutic value. If along the way, my experience can help one person, or maybe even more, well....that would be pretty awesome. I also pray that my blog will help illuminate the generational cycle of child abuse that continues to plague our society today. By bringing awareness to what is often called "Our Nations Shame" I have faith that one day soon we will witness real progress toward the illumination and understanding of child abuse, followed by its eradication from the under belly of mankind. I have faith! But, faith without works is dead. I pray everyday for the strength, the courage, and the resolve, to take action!

4 thoughts on “Is AA the way for ME?”

  1. great job, well said and so very true as i’m findin out. i’d like to write somethin inspiring here that would add to your blog but when you tell the truth like that, straight up… what else can you say? i totally agree if you’re not gonna swing at the ball… step away from the plate and go back to the dugout.

  2. People often drink when they’re in pain, and cutting off the pain killer is one of the most difficult things you can do when you’re suffering. But you’re doing the right thing by focusing on relationships. We get naturally occurring, healthy painkillers from close relationships called endorphins, Friends and family are healthy addictions. They enable us to handle stress and provide meaning to our lives. With a group like AA, you’re connecting with others who have been through similar circumstances, which provides more pain relief, as does talking with a therapist.

    Good luck, Iceman. 🙂

  3. I was actively involved in A.A. for the first three years of my sobriety. I still follow the principles of the program, and go to the odd meeting, but not regularly. After I stopped being an A.A. regular, I helped lead a women for sobriety group for three years and have done several periods of therapy to work on some of my past that has been in the way of living a clean and sober life. But I could not have gotten sober without A.A.

    Best to all who follow whatever path to getting sober. It really is worth it!

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