Early Years

Though there is no way of proving it, we believe that early in our drinking careers most of us could have stopped drinking. ~ Big Book, pg. 32 As I have said before, there are generally 4 distinct stages of the disease of alcoholism. The early stages of alcoholism is referred to as “social” drinking.… Read More Early Years

Diagnosis

We do not like to pronounce any individual as alcoholic, but you can quickly diagnose yourself. ~ Big Book, pg. 31 I must admit, I spent a good deal of my early years of sobriety diagnosing others. I had a degree in the helping profession, and I had a few initials after my name. So… Read More Diagnosis

Our Methods

Here are some methods we have tried: ~ Big Book, Pg. 31 Remember Jeff Foxworthy’s “you might be a redneck if…”? Well, let’s do this with alcohol. You might be an alcoholic if you ever tried to limit drinking by: only drinking beer, limiting the number of drinks, never drinking alone, only drinking in the… Read More Our Methods

Heaven Knows

Heaven knows, we have tried hard enough and long enough to drink like other people. ~ Big book, pg. 32.  Every alcoholic can and will gladly tell anyone who wants to listen that he/she tried every trick in the book that was used to become a “normal” drinker. Most meetings I go will include some… Read More Heaven Knows

Self-Deception

By every form of self-deception and experimentation, they will try to prove themselves exceptions to the rule, therefore nonalcoholic. ~ Big Book, pg. 31 The worst lies are those that we tell ourselves. The biggest lie that any alcoholic can tell themselves is “I am not an alcoholic!” That lie will fester in the soul… Read More Self-Deception