AA ‘Big Book’ – Quote
We believe, and so suggested a few years ago, that the action of alcohol on these chronic alcoholics is a manifestation of an allergy; that the phenomenon of craving is limited to this class and never occurs in the average temperate drinker. These allergic types can never safely use alcohol in any form at all; and once having formed the habit and found they cannot break it, once having lost their self-confidence, their reliance upon things human, their problems pile up on them and become astonishingly difficult to solve.
Frothy emotional appeal seldom suffices. The message which can interest and hold these alcoholic people must have depth and weight. In nearly all cases, their ideals must be grounded in a power greater than themselves, if they are to re-create their lives. – Pg. xxviii – 4th. Editon – The Doctor’s Opinion
Hour To Hour – Book – Quote
The origin of our disease mystifies us — genetic, societal, environmental, or all three? But we can’t wait on science or medicine to untangle the addiction web. We must work on recovery today! That means no mind-affecting chemicals in this 24 hours!
May I stay clean and sober this day, this hour.
Today, I see that some of my anger towards my parents or their generation is about my need to separate from them and seek an individual identity. Even if my parents were wonderful, it would be natural to want to become my own person. Healthy parents have an easier time allowing this process because they have their own identity and intuitively understand what their children are doing. Less healthy parents take separation as a personal indictment and tend either to hold on tighter or to reject the relationships altogether. It is difficult to separate under these circumstances because it becomes so threatening. It is difficult to establish an individual identity without fearing either great loss or engulfment.
I see separation for what it is.
– Tian Dayton PhD
Pocket Sponsor – Book – Quote
Take heart. There is no situation too difficult to be bettered and no unhappiness too great to be lessened. This is because the spiritual tools you require reside within-within that heart you ‘take.’
What lies in front of me and what lies behind me is insignificant compared to what lies within me.
“Walk Softly and Carry a Big Book” – Book
Not asking for support is a sign of weakness.
Time for Joy – Book – Quote
Today I look honestly at what is real without denial or judgement. I accept my reality without struggle and this gives me all the courage I need to deal with what needs to be done.
Alkiespeak – Book – Quote
They say there are no ‘musts’ in AA, that it’s a ‘suggested program’. That’s right. The same way that when you jump out of a plane, it’s suggested you take a parachute. Unknown origin.