You Kill Me
i Don’t Get It Enough
Part 3: You Kill Me
Alcoholics like to spew the truth but recovering alcoholics have found it. Ex-addicts know more about life than any guru Buddhist philosopher genius i’ve ever met.
That said, there are a couple cliches i hear regularly i don’t agree with, probably because i haven’t been in the program long enough to get yet. If any of you guys can shed some light to help me along my way, i’d sure appreciate it.
Thing #3: It Would’ve Killed Me
ex. “If I hadn’t quit drinking when I did, I would be dead or in prison right now.”
Meaning: Sobriety saved my life.
What i Don’t Get Enough: i’ve saved the most controversial one for last but i ‘m gonna go there anyways.
i didn’t stop drinking to live longer, i stopped to live better.
i’m not in AA to live a lengthy, miserable life sober. If my life was going to be sad no matter what, i’d still be drinking. That way i’d still be depressed, but at least the misery wouldn’t last as long because i’d die sooner.
i’m in recovery because i enjoy living more now than i did when i was drinking.
i’ll say it again. i didn’t stop drinking to live longer, i stopped to live happier.
If your life isn’t better in sobriety, you are doing it wrong.
Just a reminder that i’m on vacation in a place that has very limited internet access and so i won’t be able to respond to comments with my usual ruthless efficiency. Please don’t think i’m not reading them (i most definitely am), and please continue to leave them (they make my day).
Posted on August 13, 2012, in Alcoholics Anonymous, Alcoholism, Lessons in Recovery, Recovery and tagged AA, alcohol, Alcohol Insanity, Alcohol Recovery, alcoholic, alcoholism, Insanity, recovering alcoholics, Recovery, sobriety, What i learned in AA. Bookmark the permalink. 18 Comments.