ALCOHOLISMPosted Saturday, December 17, 2011, at 1:35 PM
This is in response to a comment and link made by Buckshot. If you really want to know about alcoholism, there are several avenues. Borrow a copy of Alcoholics Anonymous, aka THE BIG BOOK, from your local library, purchase one from a book store, new or used, purchase one from AA, or you can go to an AA meeting. Most are open meetings. If you chose to go, understand this, Anonymous means just that. Who you see there and what you hear there, stays there. If you have a big mouth or are in the mood to sabotage someone, do everyone a favor, STAY AWAY. I have chosen to go public with my alcoholism, this isn't the case with many alcoholics. That is their choice and I respect it. At my age, I really don't care who knows that I'm a sober, recovering, thankful, DRUNK. If you do get the book, by the 8th chapter or so, you should have a good idea of what our lives are like. You will also learn that the only cured alcoholic is a dead alcoholic. AA is but one avenue for recovery, there are faith based organizations that some find useful. I will forever be grateful to AA, and I know that at anytime I need to, I can find a meeting of some sort. After all, it really only takes 2 of us to have a meeting.
I wake up every morning, look in the mirror and say "I am an alcoholic and am powerless over alcohol." Such is life.
This will be my last blog for a little while. It's Christmas, and I have things to attend to. Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Holidays to all.
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I'm an almost 61 year old transplant from California 6 1/2 years ago. I work in road construction, those dastardly flaggers. My family roots go back to New England farms, not the big city. The last town I lived in when in California grew from 16K to 40K in 10 years, and that was enough to drive me out. I don't engage in or tolerate name calling. Name calling reduces an adult discussion to grade school play yard level. I have never served in the military, but have family members who have, dating back to WW1. I am neither a Democrat nor a Republican. I am neither extremely Liberal or Conservative. I am raising my 16 year old grandson, not what I expected at this age, and dealing with those issues as well as my health and near retirement which are 2 things I intend to talk about. I decided to try my hand at this thanks to the warm welcome I have received on Mike's blog. When I take a position, I will defend it until I am shown that I am mistaken, and when that happens, I apologize. There are other things about me that will come out over time I'm sure.
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