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Posted on 10/08/2013 10:15:12 AM PDT by nickcarraway
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My experience was similar. I did NOT want to go to meetings. I went anyways, and after a while, I discovered I didn't HAVE to go to meetings, I *GOT* to go to meetings. They became high points in my day. The love, the camaraderie, the recovery and good suggestions on how to live life, were stellar.
Here's where the contrast between abstinence and recovery comes into play. If one considers sobriety as merely not drinking, it can be quite miserable. However, recovery is a lifelong process.
It becomes a matter of maintaining a watch over ones own spiritual condition and daily reminders that this vigilance is a lifelong project.
At some point, it becomes as natural as slamming down as much booze as we needed to get the job done once was.
Did not see you on thread until I posted mine. Dude! That is cosmic -or something.
Thanks for filling me in. One must be vigilant, and I think that this is where my cousin has failed. That and keeping an eye on his spiritual condition. If this doesn’t become an engrained habit every single day, than I can see how you can slip back into the behavior you’re trying to avoid. Must be tough lesson to learn and some people never learn the lesson.
It’s the attitudes and disposition of the heart that always precede misbehavior. Relapsers tell us this when they come back to try again. When we attend a meeting, we get that reminder off of their pain and suffering. It’s quite powerful.
I also credit my success to this experience.
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