So glad you're back with us, Julie!
When I was new, they were always talking about that 500 pound phone, & I wondered if it was cuz you had to talk about heavy things.
I went to a lot of meetings & talked to women there, then got a phone list.
So when I felt the sky was raining tequila, there was a face to put with a name, who kind of knew how loony I was.
I don't really like talking on the phone, but if that's the only way to connect with another alcoholic today, I'm dialing!
If I'm stuck, I get a fresh perspective. If I'm sad, I get told "this, too, shall pass." If I'm flying too high, I get a reality check.
Called my sponsor the other day & was telling her about this experience I had, where I was walking past this bush and... she interrupts, "Was it burning, Sunlight?"
Most alcoholics I know are happy to talk to another alcoholic. And we can relate & get to the heart of things in a flash.
Each sponsee is different. So, phone calls vary with the woman. Some really need a friend or help with the program. Others are clingy & confused. I am mostly open to phone calls anytime, but sometimes I have to draw the line.
One woman got my work # & would call me in work crying about what someone SAID to her.
Another would call me 3 x a day to talk about her inner child! Please!
Central office is a good place to call to talk to women in the program. And, after hours there usually is a "night watch" type program.
It can't hurt anything and you might even enjoy some of the conversations! The butt you save may be your own!
Love you, Sun