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by Larryp713
Tue Sep 13, 2016 7:38 am
Forum: Discussions
Topic: How Do you carry Gods will?
Replies: 37
Views: 21905

Re: How Do you carry Gods will?

If God is our spiritual father, we are all his spiritual children. I am never happier when I see my children help each other, and I get very angry when they are cruel to one another. To please my spiritual father, I must help my spiritual brothers and sisters. When I do this with a good attitude, I ...
by Larryp713
Tue Sep 06, 2016 10:39 am
Forum: For the Newcomer
Topic: New Member Here
Replies: 23
Views: 9818

Re: New Member Here

Welcome Roman. I know what you mean about how rough it is in early sobriety, in particular when you haven't yet replaced it with something else. I needed to get very busy and make recovery my priority. When I did that, I soon had that spiritual experience described in the big book. But it is no easy...
by Larryp713
Thu Sep 01, 2016 10:51 am
Forum: For the Newcomer
Topic: New to the forum
Replies: 21
Views: 8695

Re: New to the forum

Awesome start, Adam. If you combine that with positive action, I think you have a good shot to having that spiritual experience this program promises. The actions I took, which finally led me to my own miracle, is asking an active member to sponsor me, calling him and doing what he told me worked fo...
by Larryp713
Tue Aug 30, 2016 12:13 pm
Forum: A.A. Birthdays!
Topic: 20 months last Sunday!!!
Replies: 6
Views: 4003

20 months last Sunday!!!

Hi, I am an alcoholic named Larry. It is truly by the grace of God, good sponsorship, steps and actions I have learned from the big book of Alcoholics Anonymous, and the fellowship by that same name, including many people in E-AA, that I have not had a drink since Dec 28, 2014. 20 months of continuo...
by Larryp713
Thu Aug 25, 2016 7:39 am
Forum: For the Newcomer
Topic: The struggles of just learning how to be sober
Replies: 13
Views: 4065

Re: The struggles of just learning how to be sober

Hi Caruh, I am Larry, an alcoholic who was driven by fear and ego for a long time. I was "advised" to try AA by a judge when I was 24, but I knew I was an alcoholic before that. I didn't drink like most of my friends, and they didn't seem to enjoy it as much as I did. I went to AA, knew I was in the...
by Larryp713
Wed Aug 24, 2016 10:44 am
Forum: For the Newcomer
Topic: I'm a Noob
Replies: 15
Views: 7283

Re: I'm a Noob

Welcome Steve - I think you have received great advice here. I would like to add that I was about 40 days away from my 44th birthday when I came into the program this last time, really willing to give it a shot. It has been an incredible blessing for me. As for any spiritual consideration, I would a...
by Larryp713
Wed Aug 24, 2016 10:27 am
Forum: For the Newcomer
Topic: Can I go back
Replies: 70
Views: 23014

Re: Can I go back

This is a pretty fascinating thread, and thanks for sharing Donald. The only thing I can add, and really just restating others, is that an alcoholic is somebody that cannot control their drinking. I loved the effect of alcohol, and most of the time I had no negative consequences when I drank. But I ...
by Larryp713
Fri Aug 05, 2016 9:18 am
Forum: Discussions
Topic: After some searching:
Replies: 26
Views: 11322

Re: After some searching:

Great post, PE, and good luck. We had a great meeting yesterday where we talked about the pamphlet "Is AA for You?" There is twelve questions for people to answer that helps them identify if they have an alcohol problem and could find help in AA. But a couple people who had significant sobriety said...
by Larryp713
Fri Aug 05, 2016 7:01 am
Forum: If It Doesn't Fit Anywhere Else
Topic: Wondering the stance on Marijuana
Replies: 4
Views: 2900

Re: Wondering the stance on Marijuana

Welcome Alex - good luck on your journey. Weed never caused me problems, but I also never have had an urge to smoke weed. I only smoked when other people had it around, and frankly I rarely felt a big effect from it. I do not smoke weed now, nor do any other drug unless there is a legitimate medical...
by Larryp713
Thu Aug 04, 2016 6:27 am
Forum: Discussions
Topic: Starting Over Again...
Replies: 12
Views: 7639

Re: Starting Over Again...

Welcome Lee, and thanks for sharing. I know it is tough, but there is really only two choices for us. We will either be desperate enough to embrace a new way of living and thinking, or we will die in our addiction. That is what powerless means. I finally reached a point of desperation that I was wil...
by Larryp713
Wed Aug 03, 2016 5:55 am
Forum: For the Newcomer
Topic: On this path
Replies: 13
Views: 4355

Re: On this path

Great share and congrats on your 7 weeks, Brittany. Stay grateful and humble and keep working. This program will lead to miracles.
by Larryp713
Mon Aug 01, 2016 8:43 am
Forum: For the Newcomer
Topic: Is this an unusual effect when I drink?
Replies: 7
Views: 3764

Re: Is this an unusual effect when I drink?

I have heard of so many different experiences from alcoholics that I don't know if there is a usual effect. In fact, I think our fellowship is fully comprised of people who have an unusual response to alcohol. This is not to say that from a purely academic sense, your questions are perfectly valid a...
by Larryp713
Mon Aug 01, 2016 8:17 am
Forum: The 12 Steps
Topic: Some rewards to the 12 Steps
Replies: 7
Views: 6492

Re: Some rewards to the 12 Steps

The humility to know that our great blessings are gifts from our higher power.
by Larryp713
Mon Aug 01, 2016 8:11 am
Forum: Discussions
Topic: Feeling good
Replies: 8
Views: 6805

Re: Feeling good

You really described well how I process those thoughts of drinking today, thanks to this program. For so long, my mind associated drinking with that first time I had a buzz and all my problems seemed to vanish. After working these steps, especially the first step, I have a different association. I k...
by Larryp713
Fri Jul 29, 2016 9:49 am
Forum: For the Newcomer
Topic: Men talking to women at meetings
Replies: 54
Views: 24210

Re: Men talking to women at meetings

I will be completely honest - I enjoy talking to women in recovery. I am married and want to stay that way, but I can't talk to my wife about a lot of things in my head. And when it comes to emotions, etc... guys usually are wired to not talk about that stuff. So, I have several female friends I tal...