Pick a sickness

Used 2013-07-27 Abstinence The Best Medicine (AlKHall Anonymous sober recovery)

Abstinence: The Best Medicine

In the rooms the other night, someone mentioned she considered herself lucky to be an alcoholic.

She said,

If I had to have a disease, I’d choose alcoholism.

i get this.

Alcoholism is a terminal disease. Left untreated, alcoholism causes death. Alcoholism: there is no cure but there is a treatment.

Alcoholism is a rare disease in that the remedy not only lets you maintain your lifestyle, but actually improves it.

If i had my ‘druthers i wouldn’t be a drunkard but if i have to pick a sickness, i’ll be an alcoholic.

Seether – Remedy

Clip the wings that get you high, just leave them where they lie
And tell yourself, “You’ll be the death of me”


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 27, 2013, in Alcoholics Anonymous, Alcoholism, Lessons in Recovery, Recovery and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. If it weren’t for my alcoholism, I would never have “woken up”. I might as well have drunken myself to death, but instead I chose sobriety and by doing so I need to always deal with all sorts of issues and do the daily inventory of myself. Frankly, I’d rather be a sober alkie than a “normie” with their head still stuck in the sand 😉

  2. I want to write a comment here but I’m unable right now…other than…Thanks AL. Just Thanks.

  3. Okay I’ve composed myself enough to write a comment.

    This IS a terminal disease.

    I am positive I am going to die a drunk, alone, and unforgiven.
    Jeesh I just want to say one thing that will help someone to stop drinking, at least for right now.

    “Look it’s going to continue to consume you till that’s all you have, ALL YOU HAVE.
    I’m a real person, I have no one, I have nothing, and that’s the life you will have to live if you continue.”

    And that’s the one thing I want people to hear.
    Thanks AL for giving me the chance to say that.
    Hugs to you man,

    • Hugs to you, Bats.

      You have me, fwiw, and i won’t give up on you. Sending you positive thought and prayers you find your way.

      Keep coming back, Bats,

      Al K Hall

  4. It’s hard to wrap my own mind around, let alone explain to someone not in recovery, but I cannot count the number of ways my life has improved since recovering from the disease of alcoholism (one day at a time, of course). I used to want to punch people who announced themselves as a “grateful recovering alcoholic,” now I guess I want to punch myself, because if not for this disease, I would not, for one, have “met,” and been inspired by, you Al!

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