First Time Actively Seeking Help

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Re: First Time Actively Seeking Help

Post by HammerBill » Thu Mar 21, 2019 2:38 pm

Thanks Brock. I will keep that in mind as I continue.

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Re: First Time Actively Seeking Help

Post by PaigeB » Mon Mar 25, 2019 11:04 am

Congratulations Bill! You never have to drink again. Now you have another option!

I too felt that my first meeting was not grand in anyway. I did not think the Steps would work for me. But I personally came to a place where they talk about in Chapter 5 How It Works... the jumping off place. I happened at about 3 months, 90 days of meetings and now my liver enzymes where back to normal. Would I continue on with AA? Work the Steps? Or go back out drinking? As I drove away I heard an AA voice in my my head - something I had heard a lot at meetings... "You only have to be willing to be willing..." Hummm. I tried it right then and there. I can tell you precisely where I was - crossing a 5x5 lane intersection. I felt a Peace flow into me... a peice of Faith maybe... That I could do this. It was instantly replaced by a bit of panic that said if I wanted this thing to work I would need a sponsor who had been through the Steps... a sponsor who would take ME through the Steps. I Knew in that moment of Faith that working the Steps was the only Hope I had of surviving a life without alcohol.

That was just about 10 years ago. This atheist hasn't had a drink since Aug. 1, 2009. I didn't do it Alone. Thanks to ALL who read this. Thanks to a worldwide Fellowship of AA. Thanks to Bill & Bob and the guys who wrote the BB, the Steps and the 12 & 12. Thanks to all those who went before me. Thanks to a Sponsor. Thanks to my AA community. AND Thanks to a God of My Understanding.

I hope you can find what I have found.
Step 6 is "AA's way of stating, the best possible attitude one can take in order to make a beginning on this lifetime job... with most of them we shall have to be content with patient improvement." 12&12 Step Six, p.65

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