Step by Step
Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016
” …(S)ubconsciously I was in earnest about wanting to quit liquor forever. It was no momentary emotionalism born of self-pity in a maudlin condition. I was seeking something, and I was ready to learn. I did not need to be told that my efforts were and would be unavailing if I did not get help. …(L)ittle by little, I learned how my need could be met. The story of Alcoholics Anonymous fascinated me.” – Alcoholics Anonymous, 3rd Edition, 1976, “Personal Stories,” Ch 7 (“The News Hawk”), p 258.
Today, how much more the cost to answer how willing I am to get sober, when enough is enough, when I can take no more, when self-loathing and self-disgust are more than enough to motivate me to take responsibility for both my addiction and recovery and get to work on both. If I’ve reached the proverbial bottom but, more practically, if I’ve hit the point when not even I believe my lies anymore, when I’ve had enough of needing more whiskey or any other drug every day just to achieve normalcy or when the “buzz” doesn’t buzz anymore and when I have no other option but to believe that there is something better – my time has come. The Twelve Steps are there; all I need do is begin working them, Step by Step. How much more is my addiction going to cost me? Starting today, no more. And our common journey continues. Step by step. – Chris M., 2016