These are some of the recovery mantras doled out thousands of times daily to individuals who just don't want to drink or do drugs anymore. But is that really what it takes?
by daniel j schwarzhoff sr
If a meeting or a series of meetings is keeping someone sober, then it is by mere willful distraction—purposefully substituting one activity for another.
That individual would not fit AA’s description of the true alcoholic, * who drinks regardless of setting or routine.
It is a horrible malady originating with resentment that evolves the repression of anger and rage within a failing human.
There is no psychology, medical or clinical treatment that can so much as approach a resolution once a person becomes fixated to seeking harmful “solutions,” to the inner pain of bitterness. Ultimately, obsession is humanly unmanageable.
Meetings are not for staying sober. But they are for something important.
The inspired brainchild of Bill and Bob they exist so that people who already ARE sober can get exposed to others who want to GET sober. It’s a staging area where fellowship and pleasant camaraderie coalesce to attract an unpleasant, anti-social drunk. Groups adhering to their Primary Purpose will hold “meetings” with exactly this in mind.