An Easier, Softer Way: Lazy Recovery

You know why i love AA? Because i’m lazy. Very Lazy.

i know the Big Book says this about recovery…

We thought we could find an easier, softer way.  But we could not.

Alcoholics Anonymous, Chapter 5, “How It Works”, page 58

…but for me it’s the exact opposite.

My alcoholism made life tougher than any job ever has. My drinking required tons of effort in almost every aspect of my life. i had to

  1. Work through hangovers
  2. Avoid my wife and children because of hangovers
  3. Manage my guilt over avoiding my family
  4. Worry about my behavior all weekend
  5. Feel like an ass while apologizing to friends and coworkers for my drunken antics
  6. Take inventory every morning of what i lost the night before
  7. Plan my day around having just one drink because, as a compulsive binge drinker, that first drink lasted until i blacked out

That’s only the tip of the ice cube.

In AA, however, all i have to do is not think.

i just have to read the Alcoholics Anonymous Big Book, go to meetings, work on my Steps and listen to my sponsor. All i need to do is follow directions.


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 November 5, 2011, in Alcoholics Anonymous, Alcoholism, Lessons in Recovery, Recovery and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Al, Same with me. It seemed like I FINALLY found a way around the hard work; unfold the chair in the church basement and listen. Listening is cool. Scared the shit out of me to hear MY story out of others mouths. For some reason Out of their mouths it sounded horrific. Yep. It was.

    I don’t think a lazy person could make such a long, cool, functional straw. Just a thought.

    • Hi Jen!

      LOL about the straw. i’m not sure where i found the photo but i agree, he’s not as lazy as he looks.

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing!

      Keep coming back,

      Al K Hall

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