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:
- 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.
- Attend Regular Meetings. AA recommends 90 meetings in 90 days to begin. Personally, i attend four meetings a week.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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.
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