I had to wait until alcohol had beat me into submission!
Yet, I have a young guy that I sponsor, who is only 29, and evidently he had plenty of good brain cells left and didnâ€™t wait until he was brainless, by the time he came in, and heâ€™s gotten it on the first time around! Heâ€™s five months sober. Heâ€™s been through his 12 Steps. He practices his Steps daily. Heâ€™s got a good job. A sweet wife. A nice house. Theyâ€™re thinking about having kids. Heâ€™s active in his AA, in addition to having a demanding and an important job. Heâ€™s trying to help other alcoholics. Heâ€™s having fun with his life. Heâ€™s happy. He hunts sober. He fishes sober. He has learned how to cope with problems by using the Steps and picking up the phone â€“ instead of picking up the bottle.
Recovery does not require "a beating into submission" to recover!!!
Obviously, there are some out there â€“ who are not as stubborn, nor as dumb as I was! (And, I always thought, that I was pretty smart!) Yet, I waited until all the good was gone â€“ before I could surrender. I thought I was being big and tough, by fighting the good fight, and being a big enough man, to not give up until I was beaten into submission by alcohol.
Wouldnâ€™t it be wonderful, if we could somehow help them to become convinced now, rather than having to wait until they have lost it all.
I talked to another new kid who came in last night. Twenty-six years old. Owns a house. Nice girlfriend. Good job. Just had a kid. Sees his problem. But, heâ€™s not ready to stop.
The seed was planted. And, wouldnâ€™t it be grand â€“ if he gets a second chance to change his mind, before itâ€™s too late?
Kind of like our book talks about. Many of us could look back upon our lives and see â€“ that we had become alcoholic many years before we realized that we had a problem.