The Grip

We are convinced to a man that alcoholics of our type are in the grip of a progressive illness. ~ Big Book, pg. 30.  This is such powerful statement. We do each have a progressive and powerful disease. We are in the grips of a fatal disease. If left unchecked, we will indeed follow millions… Read More The Grip


All of us felt at times that we were regaining control, but such intervals – usually brief- were inevitably followed by still less control, which led in time to pitiful and incomprehensible demoralization. Big Book, pg. 30.  I lost count of the number of times I have witnessed the 1,000’s of people I have seen… Read More Demoralization

No Control

We know that no real alcoholic ever recovers control. ~ Big Book, pg. 30 Most of alcoholics who are in recovery and are sober for any length of time have conceded and accepted deep down in our souls that we are alcoholics, and we can never drink normally. We are not normal people. That word… Read More No Control

Our Obsession

The idea that somehow, someday he will be able to control and enjoy his drinking is the great obsession of every abnormal drinker. ~ Big Book, pg. 30 That is our greatest obsession. Some alcoholics take this one to their graves. I call it romancing alcoholism. When I tell my story, it involves the fact… Read More Our Obsession

Proving Ourselves

Therefore, it is not surprising that our drinking careers have been characterized by countless vain attempts to prove we could drink like other people. ~ Big Book, pg. 30. I had a peculiar interest in pop psychology, so I was always experimenting with the latest theories of drinking, alcoholism, etc. I would do my experiments… Read More Proving Ourselves