To be quite honest, relapse is not something that I have experienced since entering the program of Alcoholics Anonymous ("AA") in June 2009.
With that said, that certainly does not mean that I am immune from relapse.
Like so many of my alcoholic and addict compatriots, from time to time I romanticize the idea of what it would be like to experience this drug, or drink that goblet of wine, particularly when I am either stressed or want to have a good time.
And although I know that I have a lot of will power, diligence, persistence, and plain old stubborness, I know that none stand a chance against the face of alcoholism, particularly in the form of:
- (1) Resentment;
(4) Not going to meetings/Not working an AA program; or
From my own life experience, not to mention the experience of my fellows, I consider the itemized list above to be the top five reasons that people relapse.
As of late, many acquaintances, and even a few friends that I met in the rooms of AA have relapsed and generally, it always involved one of the above.
A lot of the relapses that I am familiar with came after not going to AA meetings. For whatever reason, some AA'ers come to the conclusion that attending AA meetings should no longer be apart of their lives. That is usually when that proverbial committee in the head goes into overdrive.
Well, newly sober folks out there, not to mention you existing members, Old-timers included, relapse DOES NOT have to be apart of your experience if you keep these top five reasons in mind.
Thanks for letting me share.
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