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i’m Not With Stupid Anymore

Used 2012-07-14 I'm Not With Stupid Anymore alcoholic sobriety recovery

i’m Not With Alcohol Anymore

There’s a pithy saying in AA and, like many of our trite expressions, a few words hold a lot of truth.

Meeting Makers Make It

The idea is simple. Those who attend regular meetings are more successful in maintaining their sobriety.

When i started in the program, i hit one meeting a week but then i found a sponsor and he suggested a minimum of four a week. One of the things i learned quickly in AA was to read the Big Book, go to meetings and listen to my sponsor. So i did.

Up until recently i was feeling a little more secure and so i let my rhythm dip back to one a week again. Lately, however, things have gotten a little hairier in my world so i decided i needed to up the dosage. Not to say i’d made a mistake in cutting back, i only recognize the symptoms of fear and anger and self pity and i know where to go to cure them.

Also not to say i’m afraid of relapsing. i feel bad enough as it is and i know alcohol will only make everything worse. i don’t need worse. i’ve had worse and i deserve better.

Hence, 6 meetings a week (despite my reaching a year and a half sober on the 11th of this month). There is a peace in those rooms that i’ve not found anywhere else and i’m grateful that in times like these i know where to go to get shelter from the storm and haven from the hell.

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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. http://about.me/AlKHall

Posted on July 14, 2012, in Alcoholics Anonymous, Alcoholism, Lessons in Recovery, Recovery, Toolbox and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. Good job Al knowing what you need and going after it. Year and a half? Congratulations!!!!

  2. jumpingpolarbear

    18 months anniversary. Lets celebrate… with a Coca Cola :).

    • Dr Pepper or Mountain Dew! i miss these so much and i’ll be able to have them soon, as i’m going to the US/Canada for summer vacation!

      Thanks for the note, brother, and keep coming back,

      Al K Hall

  3. It’s so important to have that safe place. When i was working the “strict” OA, 12-step program in Boston, i lived my life around meetings. I planned my work, my school, EVERYTHING around meetings. I got a car so i could buy the “prescribed food” and go to a variety of meetings. I made it into a duty, rather than a place to go and feel connected … however i always felt like i was with my peeps … no matter how often i thought, “hey, i could be doing this or that” … those connections made my life sane.

    • i love love love this comment. You “get” this post so much it almost makes me guy cry! Thanks for your visit and your considered support, Mel.

      And keep coming back,

      Al K Hall

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