“Rarely have we seen a person fail who has thoroughly followed our path.” Chapter 5 How It Works from the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous. I remember hearing these words for the first time in an A.A. meeting and thinking to myself, “God I hope that’s true.” I wanted so badly to get and stay clean and sober. My life had been torturous. I had hit a bottom that was so emotionally painful and mentally taxing that I understand completely why people kill themselves. I also understand why the suicide statistics among sober addicts is very high as well. Since that first day I have been sober nearly ten years. I am at peace with myself more so now than in my entire life. I am so blessed. I believe that when we make and effort to do the right thing and we work the steps…that God is in our corner. Everything just clicked for me yet at times I forget how good God has been to me and I start whine go Him that I want more. Bottom line, God gives me what I need. Peace of mind is priceless in my book and between therapy and the 12 steps
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Sure you would think once someone can get and stay sober there problems are over they will automatically be “happy joyous and free” just like the A.A cliche’ says. Unfortunately depression, bi-polar disorder, high anxiety, mental illness, and obsessive compulsive disorder are all common among sober alcoholics.
How depressing you say…and it is BUT, the good news is we can adjust to a sober life and we can even overcome high anxiety. Plus there are medications that help the mental illness if we stay sober and take it regularly. Instead many addicts go through a phase of thinking they don’t need their bi-polar meds. And that the meds are having a negative effect on them.
The steps work to help every disorder I mentioned above not just to keeps us sober. If we can just take a step of faith and get a sponsor, go to 90 meetings in 90 days. Immerse ourselves in A.A. and connect with the people. Ask questions and share in meetings. Find some friendly members and tell them how you feel. When we are scared we should share that we are scared. It takes off the emotional load.
We need to have a therapist that will help us learn how to let our emotions flow. We need to make friends who have let down their walls and are not afraid to be honest about their feelings. We need to let ourselves cry after all we have been through hell in our addiction.
The Big Book reads that many of us suffer from gave emotional dis