April 30, 2017 – Step by Step

Step by Step
Sunday, April 30, 2017
 
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” stake my addiction to sobriety? Despite AA’s progress 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 for addiction to sobriety. And our common journey continues. Step by step. – Chris M., 2017

2 thoughts on “April 30, 2017 – Step by Step”

  1. I agree. AA can be wonderful for recovering alcoholics and those who wish to retain their sobriety, but I do not buy into their mantra of “once an alcoholic, always an alcoholic.” What a dreadful, disturbing thought. It is a morose and hopeless mindset. What hope is there in complete recovery and healing if the brain is washed with the awful thought one will always be a sick, struggling person? I have seen some hardcore alcoholics grow an aversion and never look back, say they detest the stuff and their lives are proof of that. I love your “soberholic” attitude. Keep it. With such a positive and healthy mindset, you will eventually conquer. Enjoy your journey to wellness and I wish you all the best! Good thoughts.

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