The purpose of our efforts is to carry this message, that living by spiritual principles, such as honesty, kindness, and compassion, can solve all my problems, including my addiction.
sounds overly religious, pie-in-the-sky, perhaps ever Pollyanna thinking. Not at all.
Rather, these principles arise from our new view of the world and our place in it. They are an expression of our core moral values and are reflected in our thought, speech, and behavior.
We came to this place by working the Steps, admitting our faults and misdeeds, learning to forgive our fellow man. The world we live in is perfect, that is to say, nothing happens in God’s world by mistake.
is not just to find abstinence, not sobriety, nor even recovery, but serenity. Not just a prayer for AA meetings, serenity is a state of mind.
A peace, a calm, living in the moment, no longer carrying the baggage of the past, nor frightened of the future. Comfortable in my own skin, no longer subject to the whims of my thoughts or my emotions, I can meet anything with assurance.
To find the faith that says, no matter what happens, everything will be alright.
How To Accomplish These Goals
Includes these sections
Tips for The Newcomer
The Disease of Addiction
where I present ideas, opinions, and experiences which may prove useful, especially to the newcomer, such as….
My personal introduction to a recovery program,
from day one of detox, to departing rehab seven months later. I was accompanied by a group of physicians who shared their stories and hopes.
But it is more than a memoir,
it is a collection of my observations of addicts and alcoholics trying to get sober—why they failed and how they made it. It is a collection of the stories and lessons, the wisdom of sobriety, that I have encountered over twenty plus years.
to understanding the disease of addiction its treatment.
Why Go To All This Trouble?
For most of us, someone has to show us the way. We are too bone-headed and stubborn to change our way of living, especially when it means giving up all our get-highs. In my case, the man was named Paul.
Paul showed up in my office one day,
and asked me if I had a problem. In a rare moment of clarity, I simply said yes. In seconds we were on our way to detox. He was kind, understanding, and didn’t try to overwhelm me with unsolicited advice. When I was clearly drowning in the sea of my addiction, he reached out and pulled me into the lifeboat.
Over the years,
dozens and dozens of men and women have done the same, helped me as I stumbled along the path of recovery. I am sure I don’t remember all their names, but I will always remember Paul.
The debt that I owe these Good Samaritans is immeasurable,
and I can never repay it. But I can do what they did and reach out to the newcomer. Put my hand out and try to be of help, like Paul did. This effort, to carry the message of recovery to those who still suffer, is my way of repaying the debt as best I can.