JR, Thank you SO MUCH for sharing your experience with us on this site, and for Carrying The Message of both, Alcoholism and Alcoholics Anonymous!!! I am at least one of the oneâ€™s who needed to hear your story.
For the last 18 years in AA, I have seen it so many times, when those in front of me get tangled up again by our powerful, cunning and baffling disease.
Many newcomers and some old-timers think Iâ€™m crazy when I mention in most every meeting that I go to, that I am just as powerless now with 18 years sobriety that I was 18 years ago, and probably more powerless now!
I try to remind them and myself, Powerless of Alcohol, means Powerless When Iâ€™m Sober! All Iâ€™ve got to do is stop doing the things that keep me sober todayâ€¦ and I can drink just as easily as any alcoholic can drink today.
I know that your message was meant for me. It reminds me of what my problem is, and what the solution is. I hope that others will be inclined to also believe that your message is meant for them also. The most powerful message I hear, is from those who have been sober for a number of years, who took the 12 Steps, who had a Sponsor and Sponsored others, and were active in AAâ€¦ and they are reporting back to me that the disease has not changed. Itâ€™s still there and just waiting.
Welcome back. I donâ€™t know how hard, that it is, personally, after a person goes out who had many years of sobriety, because I have not gone back out there, yet. And, because most of them that Iâ€™ve known of that went out after years of sobriety never made it back at all,
Alcoholics Anonymous, the program of recovery in the book, has not changed. God has not changed. He still can and willâ€¦ if He is sought, through the 12 Steps. My heart really goes out to you friend. Iâ€™ll be more than happy to send you my phone number for the times that you canâ€™t go onlineâ€¦ if you want to talk to another alcoholic. You can call me at any hour on any day, and I will be most grateful to receive your call, and Iâ€™ll go to any lengths to help you. I know that by helping you, Iâ€™m really helping myself. So, donâ€™t hesitate to call, if you want the number!!!
Thank you so much for coming back and for sharing your story with us. You have definitely helped me.