Thursday, 30 April 2015

Step by Step #essentialsofrec #Sobriety #Recovery

30
April




Today, I’ll use a novel tactic: instead of an alcoholic, I’ll be a soberholic. If “alcoholic” calls attention to the fact that I am addicted to alcohol, can’t “soberholic” state my addiction to sobriety? Arguably, despite the progress of AA in striking down the image of the alcoholic as the down-and-out’er sleeping in alleys or drying out in a flophouse, a jail’s drunk tank or mental hospital, a stigma remains. Might I be able to erode that stigma by labeling my addiction sobriety instead of alcohol? If so, maybe the implication that my addiction is sobriety can renew my self-confidence and weaken any temptation or lingering doubt about drinking again. As someone addicted to sobriety, why do I need alcohol? Today, at the risk of angering those who warn against trading one addiction for another, I’ll substitute dependence on alcohol to dependence on sobriety. And our common journey continues. 

Step by step. – Chris M.
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