By Christopher Cavanaugh
What does a codependent say to his mate while he wakes up?
"Good morning, how am I?"
--Overheard at a Codependents nameless meeting
Throughout the area this present day, greater than million alcoholics and thousands of drug addicts, compulsive overeaters, intercourse addicts, compulsive gamblers, codependents, and different addicts abstain from their dependancy, having stumbled on a brand new lifestyles via training the 12-step software of restoration constructed through Alcoholics nameless. through the years, their practices have developed right into a manner of life--the 12-Step Culture.
"I do not take into account my first assembly, yet i have been advised that I talked for a very lengthy time."
--Mary, a member of Narcotics Anonymous
AA to Z is the 1st publication to record the richness and variety of the lives of recuperating humans and to supply an encyclopedic examine this particular culture. much less self-help than enlightenment and leisure, AA to Z is produced from real-life tales of...
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I started smoking pot and taking pills, and I started getting lit up on booze. It became my little secret. I knew that a lot of kids were doing it too, because of peer pressure and things like that. But I knew it was my solace, my higher power. It made me feel like I could function in life. So I took to it like a magnet and tried to be wherever drugs and alcohol were found. At the same time, I began to go through puberty. As with my older brothers, puberty brought out my anger, and again, I’d take it out on my little brother.
I went to my anniversary meeting, but it was a miserable night. The first year was tough. It was really, really hard to stay sober. I think what kept me sober in the first year, maybe even the second year, was the first step. It didn’t say we were alcoholic, it said we were powerless over alcohol and that our lives had become unmanageable. That’s exactly what I felt sitting on that table in Florida. That’s exactly what I felt when I wrote the letter to God. , I thought, Shit, I can’t deny that.
I felt deep down inside that I was no good, that I was inadequate and if people really knew me they’d flee. Since I’ve worked in therapy and in ACOA, and since I’ve really gotten to know a higher power that loves me no matter what, that stuff feels totally gone. I found ACOA through a guy I sponsored. He had gone to an ACOA meeting and he told me about it. ” I was around twelve years sober and not in a good frame of mind. It seemed like everything was coming to a halt, the whole world was crumbling.
AA to Z. An Addictionary of the 12-Step Culture by Christopher Cavanaugh