Hello everybody! Hope everyone is doing well and stayin sober :) I woke up this morning and was doing a little reading in a book I bought from Hazelden (the famous rehab place) and came across a passage that I remember reading somewhere else when I started my journey in recovery - not sure if it was in the BB or somewhere else, but it touched me this morning, just like it touched me way back in January 2010. It gave me hope and confirmed in my mind that I was an alcoholic and I was doing the next right thing in seeking help. I hope it can touch someone reading it today.
"The truth is, no matter how desperate we feel or how sincerely we believed we would "never drink again", we couldn't force ourselves to stop. We can't overpower an addiction. An addiction is beyond our power to control. Only when we admit we are powerless over how we use alcohol can we begin to be free. Only when we realize we can't quit any time we like do we finally have a chance to stop the cycle."
A Woman's Way Through the Twelve Steps, 1994; pgs. 9-10
Hope this is not going to be graded on citations, cuz the way I did my citation above is probably wrong, but I think it says what it needs to say for the most part. Lol
I hope you can pull something from the above passage as I did not long ago. There is hope, you are not alone, yes - things in your life will change in recovery, but there's nothing wrong with change - especially if that change makes you sit up a little straighter, stand a little taller, hold your head a little higher and puts a newfound smile on your face to replace the drunken redness, shame, remorse, guilt & tears. Love to you all and remember to take it One Day At A Time.
Hugs - Annette
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