“…….but I soon found when all other measures failed, work with another alcoholic would save the day.” Page 15, Alcoholics Anonymous
That is one of my favorite quotes from The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous. It is the complete antithesis of my old way of thinking.
In fact, whenever I felt overwhelmed, frustrated, worried or sad, I withdrew, from everyone!
Initially, I rationalized that I needed time to think……to figure “it” out. Whatever was concerning me required isolation and overly excessive thinking.
When I was alone, I could focus more exclusively on ruminating about whoever wronged me or whatever I did not have that someone else had.
I liked to drink alone, imagining that I was some fictitious character from a soap opera, clad in designer lounge wear, sprawled across my hardwood floors, drinking fine wine from goblets, as I fermented about being a victim.
Today, my first instinct no longer concerns hibernating, consuming prescription pills and alcohol, and sleeping when I do not get my way.
In fact, I consider HALT first. I learned about HALT in Alcoholics Anonymous; it is brilliant. “Am I hungry, angry, lonely, or tired?” Often, the issue can be solved by eating or sleeping as they are usually the first things I skip when things “hit the fan.”
Otherwise, generally I head to meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous and talk with a fellow about something other than what is troubling me.
I listen to someone else and if I am asked to chime in with my thoughts, I try to share on the subject, according to what I know from the The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous.
On other occasions, I text a fellow or I answer a call from a sponsee.
I get outside of myself and I get into the program of Alcoholics Anonymous, particularly step ten of Alcoholics Anonymous.
Alcoholics Anonymous provides a solution for any situation or issue that we as alcoholics or addicts could possibly face.
“It is a design for living that works in rough going.” Page 15, Alcoholics Anonymous
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