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by Dog
Tue Sep 14, 2010 2:40 pm
Forum: Sponsorship
Topic: Dry for 10 years without program
Replies: 25
Views: 11218

Re: Dry for 10 years without program

Thanks everyone for your feedback so far. There have been no further developments, but I will try to keep this thread updated.
by Dog
Sun Sep 12, 2010 3:02 am
Forum: Sponsorship
Topic: Dry for 10 years without program
Replies: 25
Views: 11218

Re: Dry for 10 years without program

He has a friend who has already been in AA for a few years, and she pointed out that he is 'restless, irritable and discontent', and brought him to a few meetings. The friend is female, and therefore doesn't want to do step work with him. I should add that I don't see any harm in helping him take th...
by Dog
Sun Sep 12, 2010 1:01 am
Forum: Sponsorship
Topic: Dry for 10 years without program
Replies: 25
Views: 11218

Dry for 10 years without program

Hi everyone, I need some advice. I firmly believe in the necessity of 'qualification' before trying to help someone through the steps i.e. finding out if the person is a 'real alcoholic' as described in the Big Book. The book talks about the two key factors of qualification: physical allergy and men...
by Dog
Sat Jul 17, 2010 12:32 am
Forum: Discussions
Topic: Is there a difference in substance abuse and addiction?
Replies: 16
Views: 3298

Self diagnosis

One of the treatment centres I was sent to (by court order) insisted that I went to at least one 12 step fellowship meeting each week - it did not matter which one, and I went to all of them (NA, CA, OA, SLA etc.......). At first I identified myself as an alcoholic and was repeatedly told I was 'in ...
by Dog
Wed Jun 30, 2010 3:45 am
Forum: Discussions
Topic: Is there a difference in substance abuse and addiction?
Replies: 16
Views: 3298

Re: Is there a difference in substance abuse and addiction?

Hello Kate. Interesting point. Do you think that it is not necessary to be an alcoholic to join AA? There seem to be quite a few meetings where this idea is supported, but I tend to disagree. Our 3rd tradition in full: "Our membership ought to include all who suffer from alcoholism. Hence we may ref...
by Dog
Sat Jun 05, 2010 3:02 am
Forum: Discussions
Topic: Is there a difference in substance abuse and addiction?
Replies: 16
Views: 3298

Re: Is there a difference in substance abuse and addiction?

I completely agree with the last post. Alcohol abuse is not the same as the 'spiritual malady' of alcoholism as we understand it in AA, and the Book demostrates the difference between an alcoholic and a heavy drinker. If sufficient alcohol is consumed for long enough then physical addiction will occ...
by Dog
Wed Dec 02, 2009 10:53 pm
Forum: For the Newcomer
Topic: Finely My 1st meeting
Replies: 14
Views: 2611

Re: Finely My 1st meeting

Welcome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
by Dog
Fri Oct 09, 2009 8:47 am
Forum: Discussions
Topic: I'm leaving AA. So there.
Replies: 38
Views: 8510

Re: I'm leaving AA. So there.

Hello Kim, AA is certainly the only thing which has helped me, and I've tried hundreds of methods. I needed to try (and fail at) the 'easier softer ways' before I was broken enough to give the 12 steps a realistic chance. To answer your question, I know a few people who have stayed dry without AA, b...
by Dog
Fri Oct 09, 2009 7:29 am
Forum: Sponsorship
Topic: Male vs female sponsorship
Replies: 15
Views: 15710

Male vs female sponsorship

Hello all, I first got sober in a big city with lots of meetings, and it was really frowned upon for anyone to have a sponsor of the opposite sex. Having recently moved to a smaller town I am surprised at how different things are here. The sponsor's gender does not seem to be an issue, despite spons...
by Dog
Fri Oct 09, 2009 7:04 am
Forum: Discussions
Topic: I'm leaving AA. So there.
Replies: 38
Views: 8510

Re: I'm leaving AA. So there.

Hi Cash,
I have no idea if you are reading these responses, but for what it's worth:
AA is not the only way to sobriety, and I wish you well in whatever path you choose. Please let us know how you get on, I'm sure we will all benefit from hearing about your experiences.
by Dog
Thu Sep 03, 2009 8:04 am
Forum: Discussions
Topic: Bill W on acid
Replies: 8
Views: 5365

This E-AA thread discusses a subject which the AA co-founder and writer of much AA literature believed to be of importance to the AA program of recovery from alcoholism. How is it 'way off base'? But to get back to the original question, does anyone have practical experience of LSD in recovery? If s...
by Dog
Thu Sep 03, 2009 7:17 am
Forum: Discussions
Topic: Bill W on acid
Replies: 8
Views: 5365

Hi Joe, I'm not surprised you have never heard this before, it kept rather quiet because it does not suit the image of Bill which AA likes to promote. However, on his discovery of acid he became very aware of its spiritual potential and advised everyone close to him to try it, including Lois and his...
by Dog
Thu Sep 03, 2009 3:43 am
Forum: Discussions
Topic: Bill W on acid
Replies: 8
Views: 5365

Bill W on acid

It is well known (but rarely mentioned) that Bill W experimented with LSD in sobriety. His positive experiences with the drug did not lead to an alcoholic relapse. Instead, they spurred him to strongly advocate its use in AA as a means to induce the 'vital spiritual experience' necessary to maintain...
by Dog
Thu Sep 03, 2009 12:08 am
Forum: Discussions
Topic: What's your thoughts on swearing in meetings?
Replies: 97
Views: 23166

'Language of the heart' means speaking honestly, not self-censoring your sharing in an attempt to gain approval. If you tell a shaking newcomer that they are using the 'language of the bowels, bladder and/or genitals' (as you say) I would be very surprised if they stick around. Perhaps, Jim, you cou...
by Dog
Wed Sep 02, 2009 7:10 am
Forum: Discussions
Topic: What's your thoughts on swearing in meetings?
Replies: 97
Views: 23166

I used to use swearing as an avoidance tactic. Saying "My boss is a Fxxker" is much easier than "My boss makes me feel small in front of my colleagues and this is hurting my self esteem". When I go on long sweary rants I am usually secretly enjoying the luxury of self righteous anger - very dangerou...