How Bad Do You Want It?
AA [read “sobriety”] is not for people who need it—it’s for people who want it.
Someone shared this in the meeting last night and it surprised me. Alcoholic’s Anonymous isn’t for people who need it? Are you sure?
The more i thought about it, though, the more i realized that was true.
i live in a big city and, on the bus ride home last night, i passed no fewer than 3 people passed out on cardboard over heating grates. They needed sobriety desperately. The odds they would reach out for help, however, were pitifully slim.
Personally, i needed sobriety in a bad way for many years, yet didn’t want it. AA would’ve been wasted on me. If i had attended a meeting with that mind set in stone, nothing would have been able to get through. i needed AA for decades, but only got it when i wanted it badly enough.
Sobriety: It’s not for people who need it, it’s for people who want it.
Posted on September 21, 2012, in Alcoholics Anonymous, Alcoholism, Lessons in Recovery, Recovery and tagged AA, alcohol, Alcohol Insanity, Alcohol Recovery, alcoholic, Alcoholics Anonymous, alcoholism, Insanity, mental-health, Recovery, sobriety, What i learned in AA. Bookmark the permalink. 13 Comments.