John wrote:In closing the contact that I get I cannot get on the phone or on a web site, I'm an alcoholic and I need to be around others like me- 1 day sober or 50 yrs.
Thanks for sharing John! You're right on. While the Internet, or other activities are great -- they should NEVER substitute the experience of face-to-face meetings with other alcoholics. Some, will argue that it's the same thing. I won't argue. But I will say that our history has taught us the importance of face to face meetings with each other. It has worked for over 75 years.... and the Internet is not that old to compare it.
While we can do much on the Internet, or by telephone, or mail (and all of this is good and it helps)-- we still need the eye-to-eye contact of personal contact with each other.
While the meetings do not keep us sober -- they are still vital to our sobriety. If we don't have the opportunity for regular meetings, we can spend our time looking for another alcoholic to share with -- in person.
My sobriety is the most valuable and important thing that I have. Without it -- there is nothing. And, I know what having nothing is. I don't want to risk losing what I've got.