Overcoming alcoholism is overcoming instincts.
If i felt compelled to do something, i used to think i had to do it. Because it came from me meant it was a part of me. As a result of this, i spent a lot of time telling people they could take me with my alcoholism or leave me, but if they stayed with me they had to accept my drinking. Because my drinking was me.
i’ve since learned that while instincts are a natural part of me, they do not define me. i choose if i want to act on that impulse or not.
So much of this must seem obvious to outsiders, but you’d be amazed how the alcoholic mind can twist the simplest of concepts.
Posted on September 26, 2011, in AA Step Work, Alcoholics Anonymous, Alcoholism, Lessons in Recovery, Recovery and tagged AA, Alcohol Recovery, Alcoholics Anonymous, alcoholism, Instincts, Recovery, What i learned in AA. Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.