I can remember back when... if I had been asked the question:
"Would you rather be sober -- or slide naked down an 80 foot razor blade?"
It would have been a difficult question for me to answer!
My answer back then, would have been with another question:
"You mean I'd have a choice?"
Yes. Because I am an alcoholic (and not "was" an alcoholic)
I will always "have" my alcohol-ism.
However: I DON'T HAVE TO SUFFER FROM IT! My alcohol-ism CAN be treated in such a way that:
a. I never have to drink again.
b. I don't have to fight it or fight with to drink or not to drink.
c. I can get better.
d. I can be happy, confortable, productive and NOT be depressed -- while sober!
That's what this "deal" is about. Withdrawing from alcohol -- and engaging in good, productive, fulfilling, and happy sober living.
Do I have to suffer from depression? NO.
Did a doctor tell me I would always have a condition that would lead to depression? Yes.
Was the doctor right? NO.
Do I suffer depression? NO.
Just like I treat my alcoholism -- with a "sober method" ... not using some other "substance" to treat my alcoholism -- I can treat the depression -- with a "sober method" ... not using some other "substance" to treat the depression.
Unfortunately, many newer AA's in the Fellowship -- do not know they have a choice. They have already had some "Professional" tell them otherwise -- and they bought in to some crappy Professional ideas.