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I have recovered from the disease of Alcoholism. I believe there is only one person really,.. everybody. And that peace of mind is everything. -So treat your neighbor as you would treat yourself, because your neighbor IS yourself. I think most of recovery is what I would call common sense, but that learning to be ordinary is a true gift very few people acquire. My ambition is to accept everything unflinchingly, with compassion, and therefore be intrinsically comfortable in my own skin, no matter what. I am comfortable being uncomfortable and am willing to go to any lengths to improve my life. I believe the Big Book was divinely inspired, and is extraordinarily powerful. Unfortunately AA's best kept secret a lot of the time. (In my opinion). I just try to do what works, no matter what it is.

Saturday, June 03, 2006

Does the BB say that we should avoid alcohol after Step 9?

Chapter 7. WORKING WITH OTHERS page 100
Assuming we are SPIRITUALLY FIT, we can do all sorts of things alcoholics are not supposed to do.

Chapter 7. WORKING WITH OTHERS page 101
In our belief
ANY scheme of combating alcoholism
which proposes to shield the sick man from temptation
is doomed to FAILURE.
If the alcoholic tries to shield himself he may succeed for a time,
but usually winds up with a bigger explosion than ever.
We have tried these methods.
These attempts to do the impossible have ALWAYS FAILED.

Chapter 7. WORKING WITH OTHERS page 101
We meet these conditions EVERY DAY.
An alcoholic who cannot meet them, still has an ALCOHOLIC MIND;
there is something the matter with his spiritual status.
His only chance for sobriety would be some place like the Greenland Ice Cap,
and even there an Eskimo might turn up with a bottle of scotch and ruin everything!

Chapter 10. TO EMPLOYERS page 147
If he is conscientiously following the program of recovery
he can go ANYWHERE your business may call him.

Chapter 7. WORKING WITH OTHERS page 102
If you answer these questions satisfactorily,
you need have NO apprehension.

Chapter 2. THERE IS A SOLUTION page 26
But this man still lives, and is a free man.
He does not need a bodyguard nor is he confined.
He can go anywhere on this earth where other from men may go without disaster,
provided he remains willing to maintain a certain simple attitude.

Chapter 6. INTO ACTION page 85
We will seldom be interested in liquor.
If tempted, we recoil from it as from a hot flame.
We react sanely and normally,
and we will find that this has happened automatically.
We will see that our new attitude toward liquor has been given us
without any thought or effort on our part. It just comes!
That is the miracle of it.
We are not fighting it, neither are we avoiding temptation.
We feel as though we had been placed in a position of neutrality safe and protected.
We have not even sworn off.
Instead, the problem has been removed.
It does not exist for us.
We are neither cocky nor are we afraid.
That is our experience.
That is how we react so long as we keep in FIT SPIRITUAL CONDITION.

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