My head has been thinking about this all day. Help me out! Ever get one of those thoughts in the head -- that's like the same song playing over and over and over and over again?
It's always important for me to learn all that I can from those who returned to drinking -- after being sober in A.A. for a while.
Heck, I don't want to be one of the one's who end up back out there. So, I tend to ask a lot of questions -- and you did indicate it's okay to ask.
You see, I got sober in 1985, also -- in California, also.
Then, I started drinking again Memorial Day weekend of 1986
And, got sober November 14th, 1986 and stayed sober since then.
I meet people often (the Internet helps) who had long-time sobreity and went back to drinking -- and, like I mentioned -- I want to do everything I can not to be one of them.... so, that's my intent of even asking... and your information may be able to help me to keep from doing whatever it was that you might have done -- that took you out.
So, thanks in advance for helping me. And, I'm sure that your story and experience can help others, too.
Let me see if I read this right --
1. In 1985, you were 17, and landed in A.A. -- I'm assuming that also means that you got sober then.
2. You became active in A.A. -- I'm assuming became active in A.A. in 1985.
3. You were attending 3 to 5 meetings per day. (Fro 1985 -- on? )
4. That's .... At least 10,000 meetings
5. California -- usually has 1 1/2 hr meetings -- so that would be
4.5 to 7.5 hours each day spent inside meetings. (Not including meetings before the meetings, after the meetings, service work or commitments, 12 Step calls, sponsoring, etceteras)... Gees! You were busy! Sounds like your life was really consumed with A.A. -- it wouldn't leave much time for anything else.... assuming you got regular sleep and worked each day.
6. That would be average approximately 20 to 30% of each day in a meeting time.
1. What happened?
2. How long had you been out drinking, or doing whatever you were doing?
3. Were you sober -- during the 10,000 meetings? (I asked, because I went to meetings drunk -- for a few months, when I was trying to get sober).
Thanks in advance for your help! I really appreciate your willingness to share. And, I'm grateful for any lessons that you can pass on so that I can learn more from your experience.