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    we draw our own conclusion 92:11

    Let him draw his own conclusion.

    Once a pickle, always a pickle. There is no return to normal drinking for a person who has begun to experience the phenomenon of craving. Examining “Bill’s Story” will help prepare us to relate some of our failed attempts to overcome drinking through willpower, self knowledge, firm resolve etc. Once we acquire an alcoholic mind there is little hope of recovery through human power (24:15). Left to our own resources we undoubtedly will return to drinking.



    we decide for ourselves 95:15

    After doing that, he must decide for himself whether he wants to go on.

    Our willingness is a result of our admission of powerlessness. If we still believe that we possess the power to control our drinking consumption, if we still believe that we can successfully manage our own lives, we will not be wiling to turn our will and our lives over to God. If we are willing we will voluntary do the things that are required to recover.
    If we are pressured we may submit to the fact that we cannot drink. Submission is not surrender. Submission does not lead to recovery.



    Dr Bob admitted powerlessness 155:6

    When our friend related his experience, the man agreed that no amount of willpower he might muster could stop his drinking for long.

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