A ‘Big Book’ – Quote
Men and women drink essentially because they like the effect produced by alcohol. The sensation is so elusive that, while they admit it is injurious, they cannot after a time differentiate the true from the false. To them, their alcoholic life seems the only normal one. They are restless, irritable and discontented, unless they can again experience the sense of ease and comfort which comes at once by taking a few drinks – drinks which they see others taking with impunity. After they have succumbed to the desire again, as so many do, and the phenomenon of craving develops, they pass through the well-known stages of a spree, emerging remorseful, with a firm resolution not to drink again. This is repeated over and over, and unless this person can experience an entire psychic change there is little hope of his recovery. – Pg. xxviii-xxix – 4th. Edition – The Doctor’s Opinion
Hour To Hour – Book – Quote
In our recovery it is easy to forget to listen. We get two weeks of clean time and suddenly ‘got it made.’ Listening is actually our second greatest teacher, the horrors of addiction being our first. If we forget to listen to those who have gone before us, our first great teacher will take over again.
May I please keep my ears open, more then my mouth during these initial learning months.
Inner Hearing, Inner Sight
Today, I will trust my own heart. The clear message that whispers within me has more to tell me than a thousand voices. I have a guide within me who knows what is best for me. There is a part of me that sees the whole picture and knows how it all fits together. My inner voice may come in the form of a strong sense, a pull from within, a gut feeling or a quiet knowing. However my inner voice comes to me, I will learn to pay attention. In my heart I know what is going on. Though I am conditioned by the world to look constantly outside myself for meaning, today I recognize that it is deeply important for me to hear what I am saying from within. I give myself the gift of listening.
I will trust my inner voice.
– Tian Dayton PhD
Pocket Sponsor – Book – Quote
When we feel that fate has dealt us a bad hand with chemical dependency, we simply remember that many people have MS, cancer, diabetes, lupus, or a myriad of maladies that are not so easily put into remission.
Because I count my blessings, my blessings count.
“Walk Softly and Carry a Big Book” – Book
Be kind to unkind people. It gets to them.
Time for Joy – Book – Quote
Today I am willing to be increasingly aware of my spiritual life.
Alkiespeak – Book – Quote
This guy had been dragged out of his car drunk by the police. He was handcuffed and chained to a bench at the police station, he’d just urinated on himself, and he looked up at the cop and said; ‘I have got to stop driving.’ – Scott R.