Celeste Desserre became a registered member 2 weeks ago
This recording is great!!. My home group plays it at the beginning of our meeting!
My name is Gavin and I am an alcoholic.
My alcohol and drug addiction I must separate so I may fulfill my primary purpose, which is as a member of AA to help the still suffering alcoholic. There are other fellowships that deal with drugs and other addictions like eating or sex.
AA is for alkies to recover. I must remember this. I share in a general way about alcoholism but I do mention that I abused drugs as well, but that is all it is, a mention. If someone then wants to talk to me FTF after the meeting great, I have opened a door for them to approach me and discuss any drug issues. Drug addiction like any addiction is a mental illness usually brought about by a lack of moral, social and spiritual guidance.
The little old lady or man who enters AA may have never seen or heard of these other drugs associated with addicts before. We must be very gentle yet direct with our message of hope, their lives depend upon our message. We need to lose the ego. END
At the end of my drinking career, it was common for me to ‘come to’ with wine bottles lying about me, tinfoil stuck to my forehead and blue die from the vallie’s dribbling from my mouth. Yes, I was in some nic.
Keeping it simple, how can I help another alcoholic if as a newcomer they get a filtered message. A newcomer who is sitting shaking and sweating only wants to know what is wrong with them and how to stop drinking. They don’t need to know what it’s like not to get a vein and have to shoot up in the neck or how our blood vessels in our nose are knackered with the coke and speed and we have no sense of smell anymore. keep it real guys and learn to listen.
This is a serious illness; this we must remember.
Alcoholism is a progressive disease. It is twofold in nature. It is a physical and mental illness. ‘Physical’, because we have a shortage of enzymes that break down the sugars in alcohol. And ‘Mental’, as it overtakes all reality. It takes complete control over the mind in its obsessive nature. Cunning baffling and powerful king alcohol is to the alcoholic. It teaches its student to accept the unacceptable and to stoop to lows that can be unforgivable. And at the same time, we think there is nothing wrong with our compulsive, obsessive behaviour. I could not see it, I was blind.
‘THE DOCTORS OPINION’
We of Alcoholics Anonymous believe that the reader will be interested in the medical estimate of the plan of recovery described in this book. Convincing testimony must surely come from medical men who have had experience with the sufferings of our members and have witnessed our return to health. A well-known doctor, chief physician at a nationally prominent hospital specializing in alcoholic and drug addiction, gave Alcoholics Anonymous this letter:
To Whom It May Concern:
I have specialized in the treatment of alcoholism for many years. In late 1934 I attended a patient who, though he had been a competent businessman of good earning capacity, was an alcoholic of a type I had come to regard as hopeless.
In the course of his third treatment he acquired certain ideas concerning a possible means of recovery. As part of his rehabilitation he commenced to present his conceptions to other alcoholics, impressing upon them that they must do likewise with still others. This has become the basis of a rapidly growing fellowship of these men and their families. This man and over one hundred others appear to have recovered.
I personally know scores of cases who were of the type with whom other methods had failed completely.
These facts appear to be of extreme medical importance; because of the extraordinary possibilities of rapid growth inherent in this group they may mark a new epoch in the annals of alcoholism. These men may well have a remedy for thousands of such situations. You may rely absolutely on anything they say about themselves.
Very truly yours,
William D. Silkworth, M.D.
The physician who, at our request, gave us this letter, has been kind enough to enlarge upon his views in another statement which follows. In this statement he confirms what we who have suffered alcoholic torture must believe—that the body of the alcoholic is quite as abnormal as his mind. It did not satisfy us to be told that we could not control our drinking just because we were maladjusted to life, that we were in full flight from reality, or were outright mental defectives. These things were true to some extent, in fact, to a considerable extent with some of us. But we are sure that our bodies were sickened as well. In our belief, any picture of the alcoholic which leaves out this physical factor is incomplete.
I believe I’ve been afflicted with this dis-ease from the day I was born, possibly passed on through my mother’s family. There is some controversy on this subject but this is unfounded.
New research shows that the alcoholic has less of a certain type of enzyme in their body. These enzymes break down the sugars of alcohol when ingested. I believe I have always been deficient in these enzymes. Joe McQ has a video (step 1) on Youtube that explains this very well. He works with simple diagrams on a blackboard.
This lack of acids in our body is what causes the physical allergy to occur. This allergy will only be set up ‘After’ the first drink has been taken. Only ‘After’ drinking alcohol do we experience this phenomenon of craving and its powerful effects and not before. Any thoughts and feelings that come before taking a drink of alcohol is part of the mental obsession and physical withdrawal.
When we are withdrawing from drugs we feel physically better after taking our first hit. The shakes and sweats start to subside and we come back together enough to let us move about our daily lives with some degree of normality. We are ‘fixed’. And have no need for another hit until we start to withdraw again, which could be hours later. We can work our daily lives around the drugs even with family and work commitments. We have regular times throughout the day when we top up or sneak off and take a hit. After getting sorted a drug addict will usually go back to their work satisfied.
The alcoholic can do this to some degree and in some industries it is accepted or not noticed as much, as with the alcohol industry. But eventually the alcoholic will at some point press the ‘fuck it’ button and end up totally pissed at work or walking out and heading to the nearest public house for a drink. Our intention would be only to have one drink to sort us out. We promise we will be back after one or two. Although after the first drink has been taken our feet are nailed to the bar floor and we return to work a week later full of remorse. That’s if we still have a job to go back to.
Let me put this another way.
A heroin user will usually only take a hit when they start to come down from the high. With this first hit, they do not set up a craving that will continually force them to keep injecting themselves with heroin one after the other. The outcome would be obvious, death would quickly follow. We are not stupid. Another example would be a cocaine or amphetamine addict.
Putting a hundred lines on a mirror and snorting one after the other every 15 minutes will eventually lead to a heart attack, we just wouldn’t do such a stupid thing.
Another example would be building a load of cannabis joints and smoking them one after the other. In doing this, I am in no doubt I would eventually fall asleep. I have done this a few times, and yes a total waste of money and weed. This, of course, would be stupid as well.
The mental obsession is usually satisfied somewhat after we take one or two hits from our drug of choice whether it be alcohol or drugs. The withdrawals are removed or reduced and life becomes sett