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by thebowsie
Mon Jan 30, 2017 10:48 pm
Forum: For the Newcomer
Topic: Hi all
Replies: 15
Views: 4414

Re: Hi all

It's a metaphor for accepting the fact you are an alcoholic. It shouldn't confuse any newcomer-based on my experience, it was the biggest step I ever took. Without that initial acceptance of Step One, I never would have been able to move forward getting into action taking the suggested steps. That's...
by thebowsie
Mon Jan 30, 2017 1:47 pm
Forum: For the Newcomer
Topic: Hi all
Replies: 15
Views: 4414

Re: Hi all

Hi Lali. Thank you for your thoughtful question and I will try to elaborate on my previous post. If you really get Step One & fully accept the fact you are an alcoholic (super hard for new people who are withdrawing from the drug itself along with modifying behaviors that included drinking) Steps 2 ...
by thebowsie
Fri Jan 27, 2017 8:51 pm
Forum: The 12 Steps
Topic: 3rd Step - How do you know you're doing God's will?
Replies: 25
Views: 20764

Re: 3rd Step - How do you know you're doing God's will?

2. Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity. 3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him. Hi Starkraving. I will be continuously sober 18 years on 4/12/17. To be clear, I choose to call my Higher Power God and i...
by thebowsie
Sun Jan 22, 2017 11:34 pm
Forum: For the Newcomer
Topic: Hi all
Replies: 15
Views: 4414

Re: Hi all

Hi Kyng. One Day At A Time - really lame right? I thought so too at first - my last drink was April 11, 1999. Since 4/12/99 when I received my 24-hour chip I have not had another drink. To be sure, when in the beginning of sobriety, that's the last thing you want to hear. My advice to you is sit on ...
by thebowsie
Wed Jan 18, 2017 11:50 am
Forum: For the Newcomer
Topic: First AA meeting
Replies: 7
Views: 3829

Re: First AA meeting

Hi Heather. I'm not positive that hearing the "drunk-a-logs" of others at this point would be of assistance. What you need to know is that the Program of AA does work and at one time all of us - no matter the length of sobriety - were all new to the AA Program. Check out a few meetings - you don't e...
by thebowsie
Sat Jan 14, 2017 1:57 am
Forum: If It Doesn't Fit Anywhere Else
Topic: New Person Comes in Drunk
Replies: 28
Views: 15776

Re: New Person Comes in Drunk

I'm not but he's going to a men's meeting to be there for his friend that has about 90 days. My husband thinks it will help his friend if he gives him his 31 year chip. No matter what-his friend will always remember that. It's not often that anyone sees or gives for that matter another AA a 31year c...
by thebowsie
Sat Jan 14, 2017 12:36 am
Forum: If It Doesn't Fit Anywhere Else
Topic: New Person Comes in Drunk
Replies: 28
Views: 15776

Re: New Person Comes in Drunk

Thank you Noels. I'll let him know. Take care
by thebowsie
Fri Jan 13, 2017 4:54 pm
Forum: If It Doesn't Fit Anywhere Else
Topic: New Person Comes in Drunk
Replies: 28
Views: 15776

Re: New Person Comes in Drunk

Golly gee. I am new to this website but not new to the program of AA as I will celebrate 18 years of continuous sobriety as of April 12th, 2017. What Mitch posted is unconscionable. A new person - even still drinking - is welcome within the rooms of AA. Not often at all, but I have been in meetings ...
by thebowsie
Fri Jan 13, 2017 8:36 am
Forum: Discussions
Topic: Need some help
Replies: 26
Views: 8779

Re: Need some help

Kayleigh, only you can determine whether you are an addict or not. Addiction comes in many forms and not everyone is an addict. Not everyone is an alcoholic . While some in AA (that's my only experience) may beat the drum that if you step into AA you are automatically an alcoholic-I don't proscribe ...
by thebowsie
Thu Jan 12, 2017 7:00 pm
Forum: For the Newcomer
Topic: Still sobering up
Replies: 16
Views: 6740

Re: Still sobering up

First, thank you and all of the service personnel that may read my post for your service. Just hang in there - you've already done the hard part with accepting Step One. From all of what I have read on this website you can rest assured that we all were in your same exact spot at one time: new to the...
by thebowsie
Thu Jan 12, 2017 6:09 pm
Forum: For the Newcomer
Topic: Denial is powerful & eating at me right now
Replies: 14
Views: 5514

Re: Denial is powerful & eating at me right now

One Day At A Time. Days generate from minutes and hours. Sit on Step One and no matter what - just don't drink. On April 12, 2017 I will celebrate 18 years of sobriety. When newly sober, I would listen to folks in meetings - see the chips being taken for various lengths of sobriety and say ya sure. ...
by thebowsie
Thu Jan 12, 2017 2:48 pm
Forum: For the Newcomer
Topic: Know I have a problem
Replies: 15
Views: 4513

Re: Know I have a problem

[quote="Megan99"]Hi, my name is Megan and I'm an alcoholic. Hi Megan. Well, it appears you have the hard part down - admitting that you are in fact an alcoholic. For me, myself and I (the three of us collectively) :) that was the hard part. Thinking back (I've been sober coming on 18 years without e...
by thebowsie
Thu Jan 12, 2017 9:40 am
Forum: Discussions
Topic: Need some help
Replies: 26
Views: 8779

Re: Need some help

Congrats on the baby Kayleigh! This is my first time on this forum and just to let you know - as of April 12th of this year I will be 18 years sober and once I made my decision to stop drinking (alcohol was my drug of choice) I've never have taken another drink. I was a stage 4 alcoholic and by the ...