As Good of Chance As Any

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As Good of Chance As Any

Postby ShaneL » Tue Jul 03, 2012 9:22 pm

Some think it is harder for a young person to sober up than an older person because they haven't drank as long or experienced enough pain. I think there is some error in that kind of reasoning. I sobered up at 15, relapsed a couple of times while 16 and have been sober nearly 27 years now. During that time I have seen many older members come in and out as much as I have seen younger members. I have seen men over the age of 70 come in and repeatedly relapse. I have buried a couple.

I was sober all through college from day one and made many friends my age that were in the program. A handful of them are still friends with me on Facebook and still sober. Some of them have gone back to drinking. I don't know if there have been any studies done on it but I have not seen that age is much of a factor in deciding who stays sober and who does not.

What I do see is that those who get a sponsor, change playmates and playground, work the steps and get involved in service tend to stay sober regardless their age.
As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.
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Re: As Good of Chance As Any

Postby leejosepho » Thu Jul 05, 2012 5:05 am

Agreed, Shane: Ago alone is not a deciding factor. Aside from the man (and his wife) who became my first sponsor, I was, at 31, the oldest newcomer in that group ...

... and whenever anyone asked how many people there actually recovered, the answer was always the same:

"Every one of them who began to do and then kept doing what is in our book!"

As I recall, at least three folks there were still in High School at the time.
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