WRITTEN ARTICLES ABOUT RECOVERY AND THE AA PROGRAM
Dr. Mike, in these essays, discusses different aspects of recovery including discussion of the steps and principles outlined in the big book. He also looks at topics commonly discussed in the fellowship and how he sees them applied to his own recovery.
In the posts below, Dr. Mike gives his thoughts on different topics related to recovery. Comments and discussion are welcome.
Thoughts on Recovery – No. 9 – Alcoholism a disease of perception
When I admit I am an alcoholic what does that mean to me? It means that I have an allergy of the body that is called the phenomenom of craving. If I put alcohol in my body something happens that causes me to crave more alcohol. There is no treatment for that. Therefore I have no control once I put alcohol in my system. So the obvious solution is to…Read More
Thoughts on Recovery – No. 8 – Update from Dr. Mike – Welcome to the site
I want to thank everyone for their support. Patty and I have been gone for several weeks and when came back been busy with family. Now everything caught up and I will be updating thoughts on recovery at least 3 times a week. The podcasts will be uploaded on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Since each meeting at different part of the book each update will reflect where we are in…Read More
Thoughts on Recovery – No. 7 – Fully concede to our innermost selves that we were alcoholics
What does it mean to for me to fully concede something? The definition of conced is to admit that something is true or valid after first denying or resisting it. This certainly applied for me. I have seen in others and myself that alcoholic behavior was exhibited long before fully conceding it. “The idea that somehow, someday he will control and enjoy his drinking is the great obsession of every abnormal…Read More
Thoughts on Recovery – No. 6 – The First Step in Recovery
If you asked at a meeting what is the first step in recovery there would be hesitation then most would say step 1 of the 12 steps but that is not the first step in recovery. On p 30 in the chapter more about alcoholism it states “we learned we had to fully concede to our innermost selves that we were alcoholics. This is the first step in recovery. The…Read More
Thoughts on Recovery – No. 5 – Do I Have the Power to Choose Not to Drink Today?
I would ask the group at meetings “Who has the power of choice, today, not to drink?”. People would look around at each other and raise their hands, tentatively. The answer, for me, is I am a real alcoholic. I have lost the power of choice to drink. I can never recover the power of choice. So, why have I been able to stay sober? Mark H. said it best…Read More
Thoughts on Recovery – No. 4 – False Pride
Clancy I., in one of his talks, stated that false pride is a killer for alcoholics. He defined false pride as a compensation for feeling “less than”. That statement defined my life. From early childhood, I was constantly seeking approval through actions or achievements. Just being “Michael” wasn’t good enough. I never felt OK. This resulted in my lifelong pursuit of success, so I would get approval from others. I…Read More
Thoughts on Recovery – No. 3 – Recovered Alcoholic – What does that mean?
I was in a meeting, years ago, and someone introduced themselves as a recovered alcoholic. My first thought was that they were bragging or being arrogant. This was before I found Joe and Charlie and worked the steps out of the Big Book and began my intense study of it. The original Big Book published in 1939, has, on the back cover “The story of how more than 100 men…Read More
Thoughts on Recovery – No. 2 – AA Approved Literature
I have heard people speak with authority and say, “you can’t read non-AA approved literature at a meeting”. Several years ago, we were reading from “The Steps We Took” by Joe McQ, on resentments. We had a new person travelling through Topeka at the meeting. He kept looking at the book and reading the cover, studying it, and was apparently upset, shaking his head in disgust. After a while, he…Read More
Thoughts on Recovery – No. 1 – The Circle and the Triangle and AA Today
The circle and the triangle symbol was used by AA and introduced by Bill W. in 1955. The equilateral triangle represents the three-part answer – unity, recovery, and service – to a three-part disease – physical, mental, spiritual. The circle represents wholeness or oneness. It is based on an ancient symbol where the body should be triangular and stable. The mind is circular and open. The triangle represents the means…Read More
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