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- April 11, 2008 at 12:37 am #3981340
Insanity is clearly defined in the BB. It says it is the thought that precedes the first drink.December 1, 2012 at 7:33 pm #3685276
Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.December 1, 2012 at 11:57 pm #3981306
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Step 2 – AA
When I first came to AA and I had to share on the second step, I would boldly declare,”My name is Mike, I’m an alcoholic, and I am not now, nor have I ever been insane.” This despite years of performing such sane acts as smashing mailboxes with sledgehammers on a Sunday afternoon while singing The Fields of Athenrey.
I truly believed that my alcoholic behavior was not insanity. I thought it was normal to leave work on payday, fully resolved to not drink, and stop in a bar to duck the rain. This despite the fact that the hardware store next to the bar sold umbrellas. Four days, twenty-odd bars, three crackhouses, and 900 dollars later I would come to, wondering how I was going to survive on .37 cents for two weeks. I did this over and over. Usually just a variation on the same theme. But I was sane. Right.
It took a while. Gradually I came to see that where alcohol was involved, I was indeed insane. I needed something to help me out of it. Gradually I also began to believe in the existence of God – certainly a power greater than myself. My belief did not come easily. The spiritual awakening I had developed over time, and was then hastened by a near death experience sober. I got through it, saw my life getting better, and realized that God, for me, was the key.
My higher power could restore me to a normal way of life and thinking. It was happening in my life and in the lives of everyone I associated with at that time. How could I doubt it?
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