Advertisements

AAbout

Hello, my name is Al K Hall and i’m an alcoholic.

i don’t have the answers, but i know the people who do.

Many of you know me as the Temporal Functional Alcoholic Slurperson, creator of Drunks Really Involved Now Known as Exiles Reunited (D.R.I.N.K.E.R.), member of the D-Generation (‘D’ as in Drunk) as well as founder and tender bartender of The Bar None.

After going into recovery on January 11, 2011, i’ve realized some of what i want to share about my experiences is inappropriate for The Bar None. The material is spiritual, cerebral, serious and has nothing whatsoever to do with T & A.

Additionally, my friends and family are sick of hearing about how much i love being sober, so this is a place where i can babble on as much as i want about recovery and still be easily ignored.

Al K Hall-ic Anonymous is a forum for me to share my more sobering thoughts. My hope for this  site would be to create a creative space where other recovering alcoholics can learn a thing or two and feel safe enough to share some of their own stories.

For Newcomers to Recovery

This site in no way pretends to be a substitute for Alcoholics Anonymous or any other recovery program.

If you’re a newcomer interested in recovery, i’d suggest the following:

  1. Contact the Recovery Organization of your choice. Alcoholics Anonymous works best for me, but check out my list of Recovery links on the homepage of alternate groups. In my personal opinion, programs that involve group dynamics are the most efficient. Most alcoholics know from experience that we are not capable of stopping on our own.
  2. Attend Regular Meetings. AA recommends 90 meetings in 90 days to begin. Personally, i attend four meetings a week.
  3. Find a sponsor / mentor / someone who’s been sober long enough to know the ins and outs, the ups and especially the downs of recovery. Stay with the Winners.
  4. Read. When not in a meeting, reading helps me focus on my sobriety. In addition to “The Big Book, i find Living Sober to be of great help during these initial days, weeks and months of recovery.

AAbout Me

My name is Al K Hall and i’m a recovering alcoholic. On the shy side of 50, i’m an American who’s been living in the fictional land of Yeaman for over 20 years.

My drinking career started at 18, when i got drunk at a high school cast party and pissed my pants. In my 30 very odd years of drinking, i survived falling asleep at the wheel before driving my car head on into a guardrail on the freeway. i survived a beating where i was hit on the head, knocked unconscious and left for dead on a subway platform. Some people robbed me, some looked after me and one couple called an ambulance for me after i’d asked them for directions on the street.

On Monday, January 11, 2011, after a rather enormous wine binge, i came home i don’t know how and attempted suicide. That was the last time i had a sip of alcohol.

i remained in the hospital for 10 days and, after that, attended my first AA meeting (a Newcomers Meeting from 7:15pm – 8:45pm near my office) a few days following my release. The first few weeks, i only made that meeting but then a regular asked me if i’d found a sponsor yet. i hadn’t, but there was this guy, a poet who mastered beat speak, that i admired and trusted. He agreed to become my sponsor and the first thing he told me was to go to 4 meetings a week—minimum—which is my current rhythm.

Used 2013-02-02 2-Year Chip AlKHall Recovery sobriety alcoholism

My 2-year Chip

i’ve often said that real, fundamental change is the hardest thing a person can do. i still believe this to be true, but Recovery has made achievable this ideal i once thought unbelievable. Sobriety has made it possible for me not just to stop drinking, but to work on other areas of my alcoholism (humility, serenity, fear…).

This blog is the story of my sorting through that.

i am Al K Hall and i don’t have the answers. But i know the people who do.

DisclAAimer

Al K Hall-ic Anonymous is a privately owned and operated non-profit site. Though i am an active member in Alcoholics Anonymous, this blog is neither sanctioned by, nor related to the Alcoholics Anonymous Organization.

Views expressed here are mine and do not necessarily reflect official Alcoholics Anonymous positions.

All material found here is copyright to the individual contributors.

Thank you for reading and Keep Coming Back.

http://about.me/AlKHall

Advertisements
  1. Yet another blog to follow. With all the stuff you’re writing, mate, you’ll have no time for drinking, let along any temptations! Good stuff!

    • Thanks, Rod!

      But don’t feel obligated to follow this one. It’s gonna be sentimental musings, and more sentiment than mental. As for time, i don’t have enough time to sleep, let alone drink!

      Keep coming back, brother,

      Al K Hall

  2. Back asswards … that’s me.

    Nice to meet you, All K Hall,

    Mel

    P.S. God bless for finding sobriety … you will NOT be ignored: easily or not.

    PPS. SOOOOO glad you are working the program … you’ve survived some horrors.

    • Thanks Mel!

      It’s people like you and comments like these that make it all worthwhile. Thanks so much for coming a long on my trip a little ways!

      Keep coming back,

      Al K Hall

  3. Hey AL I need your marketing genius on my latest mix, can you repost in your uber-popular one? 🙂 You can delete this self righteous post, too. 🙂 Self promotion. The new addiction, eh?

  4. Fundamental change is indeed that hardest thing I have ever done. Especially beginning that journey on the shy of 50 as well. Keep on writing and you’ll keep on recovering!

  5. Hi, I’ve seen you on other sober bloggers comments pages but I’ve never visited your site for some reason. Why why why? Love it. Your tone is great and .. well I suppose I just like it when people are as obsessed with sobriety as I am! I’m a bit behind you having taken my last drink on Sept 5th 2011. That night I hid a wine bottle from my husband so he didn’t know how much I’d had to drink. That was the last straw and I haven’t had a drink since and never will touch alcohol again. So I guess I had a ‘high bottom’ .. but the journey in sober-land has still been bumpy. Having said that, I’m glad to be resident here. Anyway .. I’ll keep popping by. Liking your writing. Cheers, xxx

    • Hi Mrs D!

      Thanks for stopping by! i’ve seen you around some other sober blogs as well! There are so many around that i really appreciate your spending time at my humble contribution.

      BTW, hopefully no one will confuse you with my Mrs D, who is my wife! She used to be known as Miss Demeanor, but when we got married she changed to Mrs Demeanor (or Mrs D) but she doesn’t like that nick so much anymore so this may be a great opportunity for her to change!

      i also love that you left your story! Thanks for sharing. i’d never heard the term “high bottom” before, so you can’t be so new as all that. Thanks for the props on my writing and i look forward to seeing you in “the rooms”.

      Keep coming back,

      Al K Hall

      • BTW, hopefully no one will confuse you with my Mrs D, who is my wife! She used to be known as Miss Demeanor, but when we got married she changed to Mrs Demeanor (or Mrs D) but she doesn’t like that nick so much anymore so this may be a great opportunity for her to change!

        LOL — it’s true, Mrs Demeanor sounds a little too much like I run around demeaning people, whereas Miss Demeanor was kind of cute. 🙂 I’d switch to “Mrs Hall” but that makes me sounds like a cough drop.

        Maybe you should have a contest wherein people think of a new nickname for me. Problem is, I would have to change my blog name, too. *sigh* But better done sooner than later.

        Maybe I need to pick a name myself?
        Oh what to do, what to do…

        So Al, if you had to choose a married name for me, what would it be? Maybe you can make another pun using “Hall” in it. There ya go. That might do the trick!

  6. I think there’s room in the world for two Mrs D’s. (hopefully you’re not an emotional wreck like I am at the moment) xxxx ps I’m too nervous to go to an AA mtg even though I think it might help me right now. Is that stupid?

    • Hi Mrs D!

      i’m so glad you stopped by, especially if you’re feeling a little fragile. The best place to be when you feel like an emotional wreck is with others. Which leads me to your next question about AA! Everyone is nervous about going for the first time. i was “fortunate” enough that my bottom was so horrible (failed suicide and 2 weeks in the hospital) that i didn’t have a choice but to go to AA.

      All i can say is that i’m a& very reserved person, so when i went i sat towards the back for every meeting for 3 weeks and didn’t really contribute until i felt ready, about a month after my first meeting. What i heard from the others helped enormously because i realized they were exactly like me and so i could say whatever i needed or wanted to with no judgement. There is a sense of camaraderie and friendship in the rooms so that if you want to get better, there are people there who will do everything they can to help.

      You don’t lose anything by going once or twice, but you have the chance to find freedom and liberate yourself from the emotional wreckage.

      Hope this helps! Keep coming back, Mrs D!

      Al K Hall

  7. Hey mate, happy to have found your blog. Another brick in the foundation of sobriety as far I am concerned. So many different takes on the same mission, find leave alcohol behind and discover ourselves. Keep up the good work!

    • Welcome aboard! Every little bit of perspective helps, right? We’re all in this together and i’m glad you’re coming along for the ride.

      Keep coming back,

      Al K Hall

  8. I found your blog through another anonymous blog…I’ve been “on the boat” since 2006. Always looking for positive, fun AA recovery experience. Looks like I found one here! Congrats on your sobriety and honesty towards it!

    • 2006! Wow…congratulations. As for “positive, fun AA recovery experience”, that’s certainly what i’m aiming for. Hopefully you’ll visit regularly and let me know how i’m doing.

      Keep coming back,

      Al K Hall

  9. jumpingpolarbear

    Your story is really an inspiration! I am so glad you are doing good now, buddy :).

  10. Al,

    I have nominated you to receive a star for the Blog of the Year 2012 Award.

    http://thebottomofabottle.wordpress.com/2012/12/22/another-the-bottom-of-a-bottle-awards-ceremony/

    Thank you so much for all your support over the last few months.
    Forever grateful,
    Wayne

    • Hi Wayne!

      Thanks for the honor of the award! While i’m notoriously bad about finding the time to respond to them, i do appreciate your thinking of me and this humble home of mine!

      Keep coming back,

      Al K Hall

  11. Dang. Another blog I’ve discovered that I’ll want to check daily. Ugh. I so appreciate and respect you – for your beautiful, honest, sincere and emotional (love the one about you and your sponsor – who’s helping whom) writing. I teared up on more than one of your posts, which I just started reading three hours ago (you’re cutting into my tv time, ugh), Anyhoo I’m in my 10th month sober, well 9 months and 26 days. I don’t do AA like you but I did go to two meetings! Like you’ve said/wrote, whatever way works. I had a high bottom, if you can have a high one but so glad I finally said enough is enough. Looking forward to my much brighter future and getting there each day/hour/minute/second by being closer to my true/genuine self. Can’t say I’ve been able to say that since, hmmm, whenever I realized the unbelievable could be believable (like you mention in your about me). Thanks for posting all these wonderful snippets of your thoughts. I will be lurking!! (P.S. I was like “this guy lives in Yemen?? Until I read your about you). Have a wonderful evening.

    • Hello Flbb!

      Thanks you so much for this beautiful comment, it made my day! Congratultions on your sobriety and i hope you can find people in your life who can push you and help you along like AA does for me! Your future is brighter already and i can tell you after 2 years and 3 months that it still gets better everyday. i’m glad you’ll be lurking, bit don’t be afraid to leave a comment from time to time, OK?

      Keep coming back, my friend,

      Al K Hall

  12. Love your blog. Just stumbled upon it! I am a recovering- just about everything. I have a daughter who is younger- just turned 9- but is oh so impressionable- and I worry about her and the impact of what she’s seen and what I’ve done already or not done, etc… (to relate to your most recent post)… but anyway- I look forward to reading so much more! Congrats on your recovery and sobriety!! I’m 1 1/2 years post rehab- I’ve had some relapses- but I’m moving forward one step at a time.

  13. Hi Al! I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award! Your blog is just awesome, keep it up! You can view the post at http://sobercourage.com/2013/11/21/versatile-blogger-award/

  14. Al, my friend, the timing was nothing less than impeccable.
    I’m almost at the end of a post I’ve been working on for the better portion of a month. It’s been a battle of sorts, screaming out at me from every everywhere telling me I used the wrong word or that the rhythm of the paragraph is off or that one sentence sounds too glib in the context of another paragraph.
    I tend to do a bunch of editing and tweaking, not much re-writing, and this one has been an endless series of rhinoplasties and liposuctions.
    Six-thousand four-hundred words so far. So far. And I’m not how sure that accurate that “almost at the end” I mentioned actually is.
    But it took almost nine years of my life to live it, what’s another week or so telling the story.

    This past May 8th made it thirty-six years of sobriety for me. A story I had to share.
    Reading “The Shining” scared a few gallons of piss out of me than seeing it because Stephen King was able to spend more time setting up the backstory than Kubrick did, and I figured “who’d give a fuck that another drunk gave up the beer” without some history behind it.

    “Knockin’ Back a Bud in the Front Pew at Church”.

    And along comes this “Al K. Hall” dude. A kindred spirit (is that a tasteless word to use under the situation? Come to think of it, is “tasteless” a poor choice ’cause I only drank ’cause I liked the taste, right? See why it’s taking me so long to write it?) who will likely have a deeper appreciation for the story than most.

    But it’s great running into you.

    Save me the stool next to yours

    Thanks for following me. I can use a bunch of good company these days.

    Harris

  15. Pleased to meet you Al.

  1. Pingback: A New Era (or at least a new year…) | now what?

please leave a comment!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: