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Keep the common problem in view

Walk In Dry Places
September 19, 2010
Keep the common problem in view
Maintaining

It there’s been one major change in AA, one old-timer observed, it’s probably in group discussions.  The focus today is far more on overcoming personal problems than in staying away form the first drink. “The early AA members were continuously concerned about the dangers of drinking,” he said.  “Members today are more concerned about their feelings and personal issues, such as relationships.”

This change has probably been an improvement, but it carries the risk that members will forget why they needed the program in the first place.  For alcoholics, it is dangerous to let the problem with alcohol slide out of view.  It is important to keep in mind at all times the life-or-death nature of our drinking problem.  Even if we are not totally successful in dealing with our feelings or establishing harmonious relationships, it’s always necessary to stay sober. Disaster is in that first drink, and let’s keep that constantly in view.

No matter how long I’ve been sober, I’ll remind myself several times this day that I’m an alcoholic.  I’ll also remember that it’s only sobriety that enables me to deal with my other problems.

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