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What about the hopeless alcoholic who cannot stop drinking?




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What about the hopeless alcoholic who cannot stop drinking?

Postby Dallas » Wed Aug 08, 2007 12:30 am

What about the hopeless alcoholic who cannot stop drinking?


I relate to being one of the "hopeless varieties" of alcoholics.

I went to A.A., and I tried and tried and tried and tried to get sober and I just couldn't get it.

Then, one day, as I was drinking -- and reading the book Alcoholics Anonymous -- I discovered an idea that I believe helped me to get sober.

The date of my last drink is November 14th, 1986. I haven't had a drink since that day. I believe that part of the reason that I was able to get sober and stay sober was that I took affirmative action on the idea that I have re-printed below, from the book Alcoholics Anonymous.

If you are reading this -- and have not been able to get sober, you may want to try this idea.

If you are sober -- and you think you may be close to taking a drink -- you may want to try this idea.

If you are sober -- regardless if you feel like you want to drink or not -- and you want to stay sober -- you may want to try this idea.

It has worked for me -- and that is why I am passing it on to you!

Dallas B.

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Dr's Opinion -- page xxiii-xxiv, 3rd Edition, Alcoholics Anonymous

WE OF Alcoholics Anonymous believe that the
reader will be interested in the medical estimate of
the plan of recovery described in this book. Convincing
testimony must surely come from medical men who have
had experience with the sufferings of our members and
have witnessed our return to health. A well-known doctor,
chief physician at a nationally prominent hospital
specializing in alcoholic and drug addiction, gave Alcoholics
Anonymous this letter:

To Whom It May Concern:

I have specialized in the treatment of alcoholism for
many years.

In late 1934 I attended a patient who, though he had
been a competent businessman of good earning capacity,
was an alcoholic of a type I had come to regard as
hopeless.

In the course of his third treatment he acquired certain
ideas concerning a possible means of recovery
. As part
of his rehabilitation
he commenced to present his conceptions
to other alcoholics
, impressing upon them that
they
must do likewise with still others.
This has become
the basis of a rapidly growing fellowship of these men
and their families. This man and over one hundred others
appear to have recovered.

I personally know scores of cases who were of the type
with whom other methods had failed completely.

These facts appear to be of extreme medical importance;
because of the extraordinary possibilities of rapid
growth inherent in this group they may mark a new
epoch in the annals of alcoholism. These men may well
have a remedy for thousands of such situations.
Dallas
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Postby DebbieV » Wed Aug 08, 2007 12:49 am

I was wondering Dallas, in this day and age of treament centers, rehabs and the like, what would you do today if you were just getting sober? Besides getting drunk and passing out BB to other drunk people. :D :D
Really, if you were new to the progam and believed like you do, that what gave you your 'second chance' was helping others, how would you do it today?
That question goes out to all Alcoholics reading this.


As part of his rehabilitation he commenced to present his conceptions to other alcoholics, impressing upon them that they must do likewise with still others. This has become the basis of a rapidly growing fellowship of these men and their families. This man and over one hundred others appear to have recovered.


Thank for all of your ES&H
Deb
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Postby Dallas » Wed Aug 08, 2007 1:23 am

:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

If I wanted to get sober -- I would do exactly the same thing that I did. It worked for me then, it worked for Bill W., it worked for Dr. Bob, and it worked for the first 100 alcoholics who got sober! :lol:

From the Forward to the First Edition of the book, Alcoholics Anonymous:

"WE, OF Alcoholics Anonymous, are more than one hundred men and women who have recovered from a seemingly hopeless state of mind and body. To show other alcoholics precisely how we have recovered is the main purpose of this book.

I was just following the precise instructions in the book! :shock:

It worked then -- and it still works!

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