I came across a website at the beginning of April 2013 stating that it was “Alcohol Awareness Month” and I said to myself, “Hey! I know a thing or two about alcoholism!” I struggled a bit with the principle of anonymity, but I also thought about how I never knew a thing about alcoholism until I found myself nearly dead from the disease. Alcoholics get a hard time from people who don’t understand what they’re going through. They think of us as bad folks instead of sick ones. While it is becoming more socially acceptable to be a recovering alcoholic, there is still so much fear and shame due to a lack of understanding. For this reason, I subjected my Facebook friends to one post about alcoholism a day for the month of April.
While I attribute a large part of my success in staying sober to AA, it does not constitute the sum total of my efforts to attain and maintain sobriety. I do not purport to be any sort of expert on the matter (one of my posts specifically addressed that), nor have I perfectly followed all the suggestions that were given to me in the program. All I have to give is my experience, strength and hope… along with a few things I picked up from the internet along the way. My purpose in posting this information here is so that it may serve as an educational tool for those who want to learn about the disease from the alcoholic’s perspective. Just like with every other disease, the better we understand it, the better our chances of recovery become.
I humbly submit to you alcohol awareness from my own point of view:
4/1 – April is Alcohol Awareness Month
4/2 – Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all our traditions.
4/3 – Alcoholism is a disease.
4/4 – Alcoholism does not discriminate.
4/5 – You didn’t cause it, you can’t control it and you can’t cure it.
4/6 – How many more of those classes do you have to go to?
4/7 – So I drink a little much, what’s the big deal?
4/8 – But people my age are supposed to drink! Alcoholics are all old people who don’t know what it’s like to have fun.
4/9 – Exactly what goes on in the head of an alcoholic?
4/10 – But I thought there were only 12 steps… (aka: “How I Met Your Step-Father”)
4/11 – Being sober is like recovering from frostbite.
4/12 – Why me?
4/13 – Lies My Disease Tells Me
4/14 – Alcoholics are stupid, worthless individuals with absolutely nothing to contribute to society.
4/15 – Alcohol is rarely the whole story.
4/16 – Okay, maybe I have a little bit of a problem. What now?
4/17 – What do you mean there’s more to sobriety than just not drinking?
4/18 – How can you be afraid of the bathroom?
4/19 – If we were to live, we had to be free of anger.
4/20 – If this is Alcohol Awareness Month, why are you talking about drugs, too?
4/21 – I’m gonna get sober and stop smoking and start exercising and eating right and…
4/22 – What are you, some sort of AA guru?
4/23 – What do you mean “family disease”?
4/24 – Ain’t it grand the wind stopped blowin’? (Rebuilding Trust, part 1 – the alcoholic’s part)
4/25 – How do I know this will never happen again? (Rebuilding Trust, part 2 – the family’s part)
4/26 – How long can it go on like this? (Rebuilding trust, part 3 – the kids’ part)
4/27 – You mean to tell me they get their court papers signed at the bar? (Rebuilding trust, part 4 – the ugly part)
4/28 – No way I’m sitting in a room of people talking about God!
4/29 – Have you no shame!?
4/30 – More will be revealed.
You can read the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous online here.
The Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions is also available online.
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