I’ve designed this blog as a resource for anyone interested in recovery. I hope it is useful for the addict, loved ones, health care professionals and other parties with interest in the topic. My experience is that 12 step programs can work, given proper motivation and hard work. Many of my posts will reflect that experience. 12 step programs aren’t for everybody, particularly those who are unable or unwilling to practice surrender and a spiritual way of life. There are other options out there, and I’ll discuss them too. In my case, alcohol wasn’t my root problem. I suffered from extreme self-centeredness, and only a spiritual program designed to address those particular issues was going to work for me. Getting sober was the easy part. Discovering who I am, identifying with others and learning about a spiritual way of life was indispensable in my recovery, so simply putting a plug in the jug wasn’t going to work for me. I’m still a work in progress.
In my experience, programs like AA are not drinking cessation programs, but are spiritual programs that, when followed, have the side-benefit of not having to take a drink to numb out life. Stopping drinking was a prerequisite for beginning this journey, but all the payoffs for me were the result of practicing the 12 steps in my life.
The posts that follow reflect my opinions, research and learnings since my journey to recovery began in 2010. You are welcome to your own opinions. I hope you find my perspectives both useful and interesting.
With loving regards,