April 30, 2015 – Readings in Recovery: Step by Step

Step by Step
Thursday, April 30, 2015
 
Today, Instead of an alcoholic, I’m a soberholic. If “alcoholic” calls attention to the fact that I am addicted to alcohol, can’t “soberholic” state my addiction to sobriety? Despite the progress of AA in striking down the image of the alcoholic as the down-and-out’er sleeping in alleys or drying out in a flophouse, a jail’s drunk tank or mental hospital, a stigma remains. Might I be able to erode that stigma by labeling my addiction to sobriety instead of to alcohol? If so, maybe I can renew my self-confidence and weaken any temptation or lingering doubt about drinking again. As someone addicted to sobriety, why do I need alcohol? Today, at the risk of angering those who warn against trading one addiction for another, I’ll substitute dependence on alcohol to dependence on sobriety. And our common journey continues. Step by step. – Chris M., 2015

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