Hello Jason, I'm glad you asked the question, too! It helped me a lot and I really appreciate you. It became a topic to some people I talked with today. And, produced one of those "is it God -- or is it Odd" moments for me today, also. It became a similar example about what I was sharing above.
A lady send me an email to let me know that she was taking some of the worksheets that I put together for the 4th Step, into Soledad Prison, in California.
Gee. I haven't been there since I was 25 years old!
When I was there, they had a special place called Soledad North, that was an Adjustment Center for the youngsters that were too young for San Quentin's B Section... because they considered us "trouble makers." (It used to be referred to as Gladiator School... I guess you can imagine, it wasn't a very loving, peaceful and serene environment).
One of my living amends, was to promise myself and God, that if God would help me... I would do everything within my power to stay sober and to never set another foot inside a jail again!
My sponsor at the time was very involved in H&I (Hospitals & Institutions) and Corrections work, and suggested that I get involved in AA Corrections service work, as well. Since, I promised God, I'd do my best to stay out of jails... it was a real challenge for me. I figured the same principles would apply... one drink is too many... and one foot in jail is too often!
So, I opted out of corrections, and instead got involved in AA's H&I work. My drinking never took me to a nut house. I qualified -- but, they took me to jails instead.
And, I figured "Well, I'll try the nut houses, now that I'm sober!"
(I'm the kind that hates to miss out on anything, expecially if it can get exciting!)
So, two nights per week... I had Hospital and Institution panels where I would go in with some other AA's and have a meeting for those in the hospitals and institutions.
My favorite places were the locked-down adolescent mental health units. They ranged in age from 10 to 17. And, I just loved being with them... it was hard to leave! The majority of them were well on their way to being alcoholic... but, like me, in a way, they got locked up. Of course, their scenario was a little different, too. They would do stuff like try to kill themselves... and people noticed it. (They don't notice it as much if you're just trying to drink yourself to death).
Got to run... my pups barking to go out and pee.
I'll finish later.