The name for this post might be a little obscure. Maybe this well help… Sound it out, slowly. No? What day of the week is today? Still no help? Try this: It’s an alternate spelling of ‘Friday’.

Every Friday sees an Open Bar at the company where i work. At 5pm the reception area is lined with all of the whiskey, gin, vodka, and beer you can handle. Coworkers and customers are encouraged to drink up and, after the clients leave, my colleagues head out to the nearest bar never to be seen sober again.

Not only did i participate in this orgy of alcohol every Friday night for nearly 20 years, it also played a role in my divorce and was certainly one of the main reasons i’ve been working there so long. My previous record at one company was 2 years–that place didn’t have free booze every Friday.

Tomorrow, i will wake up sober. i will not have a hangover. i will be present for my new wife. i will be capable of giving quality time and of myself to my children.

Because tonight, for the second time in my recovery, i went to a meeting. FridAA.


About Al K Hall

Like a battered drinker or a punch drunk boxer, i am here for another round. For those of you who don’t know me, i’m a semi-professional writer on the rocks and a non-practicing alcoholic (if after 30 years of practicing, you still can't do something well, it's best to just give it up). For those of you who do know me, thanks for stopping by anyway and where’s the ten bucks you owe me? Welcome to my Bar None. A hole in the wall where we can hang out and trade the kind of stories you swap only when you’ve had one too many and either can’t find your way home or are afraid to. Hell, it’s cheaper than therapy and plus the pictures are prettier. Here we’ll crack open bottles and jokes and ‘last call’ are the only dirty words you’ll never hear. Pull up a stool and make yourselves at home.

Posted on September 24, 2011, in Alcoholics Anonymous, Alcoholism, Recovery and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. what is it that works with AA? Is it talking to someone is is right there with you, no only “been there”, but as recovery is an ongoing process, is still “there”? Is it that the steps are tested and work? Is it that it is multi-level and what works or one may not work for another, so there is something that works for near everybody?

    • Hi Wayne!

      Thanks for the question.

      i think what i like about it is that it’s an active program. That there are concrete and physical things i can do to get and stay sober. The fellowship is a big part of it, the meetings are a big part of it, the Big Book is a big part of it, the steps are a big part of it. What drew me to it at the beginning was that, unlike religion, you don’t have to “believe” it will work. i didn’t know if it would work for me or not, but i agreed to do as i was told because i figured these people knew more about sobriety than me so i would see what would happen. By doing as i was told and not thinking too much, i found myself in a much better and happier place.

      According to the Big Book, anyone who tries it and gives it their all, sincerely, will succeed. You just need to “let go, absolutely” and be honest with yourself.

      Keep comin’ back,

      Al K Hall

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