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About Me

Alcohol gave me permission to do stuff I knew was wrong; and for a while that was OK by me.   But alcoholic drinking means losing more than physical health – it means ceding sanity and holiness to an insatiable craving. My drinking alcohol was like wrestling a Sumo wrestler who has let me win for a few rounds, but who then signals he is about to force me outside the bounds.

How did I get myself in this fix?

My answers and more questions come from three sources:

  1. What I have learned from AA literature, and in the AA rooms listening to people who do not take themselves seriously – but seriously sought recovery;
  2. The Lord’s word on my situation, especially in Psalms and Proverbs;
  3. More wise words on recovery and addiction from writers who also care about recovery.

If anything you read here makes sense, it’s probably because someone wiser than I am said it. I cite my sources so you can assess their usefulness.

I believe God puts ways of escape before us in every temptation — so, I am sharing ways of escape that others suggested, that helped me not to pick up a drink, or become the excuse another alcoholic could use to drink.

I hope what you read will strengthen your daily resolve if you have a desire to stop drinking – or if you love someone who drinks too much. Do not despise the day of small beginnings! (Zechariah 4:10)

“There’s a thing in AA, something they read in a lot of meetings, The Promises. Most of those promises have come true in my life: we’ll come to know a new freedom and new happiness, that’s true. But it also says in there: we will not regret the past nor wish to shut the door on it. And I have no wish to shut the door on the past. I have been pretty upfront about my past. But do I regret? I do. I do. I regret the necessity.” ~ Stephen King, The Guardian. com

Your comments and questions are welcomed.

Warm Regards,
Sober & Grateful

PS: The Twelfth Principle of Alcoholics Anonymous is that of anonymity.  Maintaining my anonymity isn’t a dodge to protect my reputation – maintaining my anonymity protects Alcoholics Anonymous’ reputation!

PPS: Here are links to AA’s website: Alcoholics Anonymous, and The AA Promises. Also, here’s a helpful book: Addictions: A Banquet in the Grave – Finding Hope in the Power of the Gospel, by Edward T. Welch.