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It Works If You Work It

Written by DeShawn McQueen on Monday, 19 November 2012. Posted in Voices in Recovery, Breaking News

It Works If You Work It

“…….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.

Eventually, when my alcoholism emerged it’s not so attractive head, I needed time alone so that I could nurse my resentments with prescription pills and alcohol.

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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DeShawn McQueen

DeShawn McQueen

DeShawn McQueen is a staff writer at Recovery Now Newspaper and, an informative newspaper that serves as a resource for persons of all stages of drug and alcohol treatment, by giving them access to relevant and necessary information so that they may live balanced and substance-free lifestyles. DeShawn graduated from Wayne State University with Bachelor of Science degrees in psychology and premedical sciences. He holds a Juris Doctors degree in law from Valparaiso University School of Law. DeShawn’s writing and research has been published in such academic journals as Behavioral Pharmacology and Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Behavior among others. He lives in Los Angeles, California.

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