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by Steven F
Mon Feb 22, 2010 5:43 am
Forum: For the Newcomer
Topic: Introduction
Replies: 21
Views: 2868

Re: Introduction

Elaborating a bit on previous posts: the book "Alcoholics Anonymous, The story of how many thousands of men and women have recovered from alcoholism" (magnificent title, isn't it?) does contain all you need to know to take the action described by the programme. You can read it online - just google "...
by Steven F
Mon Feb 22, 2010 5:26 am
Forum: Discussions
Topic: Pain the touch stone of growth
Replies: 34
Views: 5439

Re: Pain the touch stone of growth

I for one have trouble finding the exact point you want to make, Allamerican. Perhaps it is something I am blocked from understanding (I believe anyone should always be open to that possibility), so let's explore rather than avoid. This reply is not to have, or to win, an argument - it is to underst...
by Steven F
Sat Feb 20, 2010 7:19 am
Forum: For the Newcomer
Topic: I don't know if AA is for me
Replies: 26
Views: 4371

Re: I don't know if AA is for me

Neicey wrote:I came into this forum first seeking answers just like you.
I have looked up that thread, Neicey. Maybe it is also an interesting read for Emily, so - I hope you don't mind - I'm just posting the link here: http://www.e-aa.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=11&t=6280
by Steven F
Fri Feb 19, 2010 1:18 pm
Forum: For the Newcomer
Topic: Want to go to a meeting
Replies: 11
Views: 1721

Re: Want to go to a meeting

Hi NewDay, Well, first of all: congratulations! You have noticed that there is a bigger problem than just the fact of drinking, and that is great :-). I'm not an expert on meetings. I would say that any meeting is ok. As strange as this may sound, you will meet the people you need to meet, regardles...
by Steven F
Fri Feb 19, 2010 10:28 am
Forum: For the Newcomer
Topic: I don't know if AA is for me
Replies: 26
Views: 4371

Re: I don't know if AA is for me

Hi Emily, A tough question. Before we go to the core of it, I would like to let you know that there is life after the answer. We're the same people you could meet in the supermarket every day. We live, we work, we love, we have fun. We just had to get rid of the booze first. My name is Steven, and I...
by Steven F
Wed Feb 17, 2010 2:09 am
Forum: The 12 Steps
Topic: Change the Big Book?
Replies: 55
Views: 19377

Re: Change the Big Book?

Just out of curiosity, I did the (mental) exercise with one paragraph. Could I re-write that paragraph better? Yes. But only better in respect to where I am right now . Which is not the same message I would have needed to read a while ago. Or the same message I will need to read later on. That book ...
by Steven F
Wed Feb 17, 2010 1:51 am
Forum: If It Doesn't Fit Anywhere Else
Topic: Want to whine a little!
Replies: 20
Views: 4814

Re: Want to whine a little!

Ann, at the very least you are planting a seed. There is no telling when it will sprout. It's through the many little things many different people told me that I started figuring out these steps might just work. In other words, I liked what everyone said the first few times, I got tired of the same ...
by Steven F
Tue Feb 16, 2010 11:49 am
Forum: If It Doesn't Fit Anywhere Else
Topic: AA - Divinely inspired?
Replies: 33
Views: 13367

Re: AA - Divinely inspired?

Veronique, that was in Gent (but I have no desire to point at specific groups). Next time I'm in Belgium, I'll see if I can hop by your meeting ;-). I'm just a traveller of course, and am not there all the time. But I did ask, and I don't think they were pretending when they took my big book and aks...
by Steven F
Tue Feb 16, 2010 10:18 am
Forum: Discussions
Topic: Hold on to the Program
Replies: 3
Views: 689

Re: Hold on to the Program

One of the most meaningful things I heard in my first days in AA was "trust the process". That is what I have been doing, and keep doing, every day.
by Steven F
Tue Feb 16, 2010 10:04 am
Forum: If It Doesn't Fit Anywhere Else
Topic: I DON'T FIT IN ANYWHERE!
Replies: 20
Views: 8850

Re: I DON'T FIT IN ANYWHERE!

Hi JulieH, Unfortunately, by what you write, this sounds like a case of untreated alcoholism to me. Let me be quick to say that is not your fault, and that the solution is around the corner. Think about it - our sanity is restored by us taking the steps and letting a higher power into our lives. You...
by Steven F
Mon Feb 15, 2010 11:21 pm
Forum: Discussions
Topic: The Business of not drinking
Replies: 19
Views: 3136

Re: The Business of not drinking

Thanks Avaneesh. I was just passing by there on a trip. I can think of possible reasons why AA in Tunisia would not be advertised. It might even be that it is not so easy to come together with anonymous people, out of sight of social control. Rights of association and gathering are not given shape t...
by Steven F
Mon Feb 15, 2010 9:04 am
Forum: Sponsorship
Topic: Should I get a sponsor?
Replies: 23
Views: 12603

Re: Should I get a sponsor?

Smokeball, to come back to your original question... In my opinion, Avaneesh and Blue Moon have a message for you here. If you haven't worked the steps, and are still sober and happy, you probably are not a real alcoholic (in the sense of one who needs the steps to recover). If that is the case: con...
by Steven F
Mon Feb 15, 2010 8:26 am
Forum: Discussions
Topic: The Business of not drinking
Replies: 19
Views: 3136

Re: The Business of not drinking

An old thread - I just wanted to say "thank you" to all who posted here. I got really tired last week being asked "you're sure you don't want a drink?", "you don't drink?", "not at all?" and all the cracks and jokes that came with it (including "maybe he had a bit too much already"). Frankly, I got ...
by Steven F
Thu Feb 11, 2010 1:44 pm
Forum: Guest Book
Topic: Hello, I am grateful to have found you all.
Replies: 8
Views: 2233

Re: Hello, I am grateful to have found you all.

Welcome, William! I look forward to hearing your own personal experience.

Warm greets,
Steven
by Steven F
Thu Feb 11, 2010 9:40 am
Forum: The 12 Steps
Topic: Change the Big Book?
Replies: 55
Views: 19377

Re: Change the Big Book?

AA 2.0? We can make it a wiki...