I believe however, that a large number of people who recover from alcahol addiction, do so because they turn to religion - and that is a whole other debate that gets me in ALOT of hot water anytime I get into it... Robert Why would anyone not drinking want to be in AA? An addictive personality can be addicted to many things. The first 3 steps are what holds my program to-gether for me. I was scared and left him after he tried to do harm to me and the baby. I worked hard 6 days a week and although pregnant I was unhappy and didnt think I was hurting my baby by drinking. It's so nice when folks you started the program with come walking in after a few weeks of being at other meetings and you get that old familiar smile and hug. I don't mean to step on any toes here, but isn't one of the 12 steps, "3. Right now I think I must be addicted to the forums...... The pain of my failed marriage clouded my judgement. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him." This is along with several other indications of God being a big part of the program. Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God, as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out. I asked her once about it, andto try and help me understand it... Heck going a month or two sober was not a huge chore..Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs. Her definition of an addict is simply someone who cannot stand the thought of never having a drink again. the problem only arose when it came time to say "stop" or "never again". By the different opinions and answers I have gotten so far, everyone who drinks is an alcaholic to some extent, and those who don;t drink, are alcaholics who have not started, or have recovered. No sane person would have logically lived the way I did.
Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.I have a Higher Power of my understanding as I came to know it based on my own personal needs. The 12 Suggested Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous We admitted we were powerless over alcohol--that our lives had become unmanageable.Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.I know Addiction of any kind is a touchy subject for many people... As for it being a disease, a allergy, or whatever, there are various opinions on that. We lost between 0,000-0.00 due to reckless drinking behaviour over the course of my marriage...... Unfortunately I come from a family of alcoholics (both parents and brothers) and it did kill a few in my family. Only because I was traised in the old ways, and so it works for me. It's kind of nice having my own way, and no-one can argue against it. Wouldn't you know I turned the wrong way on the 401 and nearly ended up in London before I could turn around. Kit if you see this, I almost just gave up and went right to your house.......heheheheeeeeeeee But I persevered and went backkkkkkkkk up the 401 to the Dutton turn-off. I believe myself it worked because I told the bare truth from the start. I don;t want to step on anyone's toes....)And Just AStudent: I am sure we could take the existing 12 step, and modify it greatly to remove religious conotations, and make it "open". Just remember, it's the 1st drink that gets me drunk. I know tons of folks who can have 1 drink, and leave it alone. As for me, well maybe a couple of bottles might do it. It is recognized by the US and Canadian medical fields as an illness. When I was 18, married and pregnant with my first baby, I found out that my husband was using heavy drugs. I'm so glad I did as the meeting was a good one and a few old friends I hadn't seen in a while visited us there. It looks like you're almost having an open meeting online. Keep working the steps, everyone, and make sure you don't drink TODAY. The psychiatrist patiently explained what the alcohol was doing to my body. That night I took myself alone and scared to my first AA meeting. But being rigourously honest from the start, and adopting the 12 steps completely into my life, and learning how to live properly all over again saved my life. I'm a totally re-created and brand new woman who loves this life very much. I'm just curious about whether or not there are any 12 step type programs that don't involve so much of the religious stuff that AA seems to?I never looked back, and I never ever took another drink. AA is not about stopping drinking, as much as it is about how to live correctly. Since it takes 90 days for the toxins and chemicals to leave your body, I can tell you it was honestly day 94 when I put a big black X on my calendar that I realized, I had a happy day, and I felt good and I did not want a drink. Do you know when I first got sober, I couldn't walk properly? I think that part of the program may turn some people away, if they're not God going folk.....I would have about 4-5 drinks every day after work. This is our own very personal higher power which I happen to call God. I understand that a higher power can be whatever it is that you would like it to be, but I'd have to say that this reference is pretty clear in it's direction to me. The medical society might have an opinion on that question, but I do not. I found I couldnt cope without it and wanted more and more. When I was about 5 months along I woke up to my baby kicking me. Step 2 clearly states that we came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity. That's more the point I was trying to make with the first posting, and how it may turn some people off of AA. I never had a drink until age 22, and then I did the social drinking thing for years. Well let me tell you, I grew to love that white wine with a fierce passion over time. He sent me directly to a phychiatrist to explain things to my befuddled mind.