I am a recovering alcoholic. I had been sober for 15 years before I had my first drink again. In the past, every day was filled with anxiety and fear over what might happen if I drank alcohol.
But now that it’s been five days since my last drink, something has changed inside of me. It feels like a burden has been lifted from my shoulders and life is looking up!
I want to share this experience with anyone else who may be struggling with alcoholism so they know they’re not alone in their battle against addiction.
Daily Reflections May 28
At one time or another most A.A. groups go on rule-making benders. . . After a time fear and intolerance subside. [and we realize] We do not wish to deny anyone his chance to recover from alcoholism. We wish to be just as inclusive as we can, never exclusive. “A.A. TRADITION: HOW IT DEVELOPED,” pp. 10, 11, 12
I was so grateful for A.A.’s freedom and acceptance, I wanted to be a part of the group too! Membership didn’t depend on conformity or financial success – it just came down to my own individuality.
There are some days when we all have these internal struggles with ourselves: Are you like me? WIll other people accept what I’ve got anyway if they know how different I am inside?”
Today I’m replacing fear into faith, patience love & compassion by bringing those positive traits everywhere that I go.”
I am happy to have found a community for myself where the only prerequisite is acceptance.
If you are looking for a supportive group of people that will love and accept you for who you are, then A.A. may be just what you need!