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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.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

'The Journey to Alcoholics Anonymous' short video by UK General Service Office of AA

This is a seriously GREAT video for newcomers called ' The Journey to Alcoholics Anonymous" that Higher Powered Daave spotted a while back, but I am SO impressed with it that I thought I would mention it. Its really good for people who are new and have hang-ups and worries about what AA will be like if they go to a meeting.
Anyway see for yourself. And thanks to Daave for spotting it for me. I think I will include a sidebar link for this permanently.

Have a great Sunday!


johno said...

Impressive and realistic!! Great link.

johno said...

hows the job app going?

Anybeth said...

hi irish friend....
I saw your comment on Ann's blog over at Soberville about bloggers that didn't do the steps and then disappeared.
I just wanted to say that I don't think it's safe to assume that just becuase someone stops blogging means they have relpased or are not continuing with their recovery.
Some people are just not that into blogging. They start, and then they lose interest.
I know two folks from a recovery site (12 step-space) who both blogged every day for months and then both stopped around the same time. I was worried. I got in touch with them both via email and they're both fine and both still sober, they're just busy with life and have left the blog world behind for now.
not all of us are blog addicts. but I am!

Jenn said...

Thank you for sharing this video. I was crying when I watched, shocker huh? Anyway, you will be proud of me, I went to a meeting tonight AND I saw a therapist. I guess I am jumping in with both feet. Thanks for all your support.

An Irish Friend of Bill said...

Hi thanks for pointing that out Anybeth, but the point I was making was not about the fact that they were not blogging, but that all four had talked of being unable to get to meetings whilst in their first 90 days of sobriety, and that they were also unable to stay stopped. Their desire to not blog is not conclusive proof that they are drinking but all four describe their inability to stop drinking and attend meetings prior to stopping posting. The same thing occurs in meetings, meaning I have met many women with children or other commitments who do not attend meetings regularly and subsequently drop out of AA and I do not see them re attend.
Were the people you mention both new to AA and in their first 90 days like Anne is? I find most of Annes level of dependency, (meaning the desire to drink is pretty much DAILY) are unable to stay sober without meetings in their first flush of AA.

Yay! And more importantly, well done Anne for bringing your body to a meeting! You're right. I AM proud of you! All us alkies are!

Anybeth said...

Hi again,
Well, one of the folks had new sobriety of about 5 months when she stopped blogging. I think for her she finally hit a place where she was more comfortable with herself on a day to day basis and didn't feel the need to write about it every day.
the other is an old timer. And after about 5 months starting posting again.

In my neck of the woods too, there are over 1000 meetings per day in my city to choose from! That's just AA, not counting NA, Smart Recovery, and WFS. People bounce from different meetings trying to find the right home group. So in essence, the first 2 meetings I went to (AA), made a few friends and got phone numbers, and then never went back, was mostly because it was a smoking allowed meeting and I moved on to another group. They all probably thought I just gave up that fast. But I'm still here. I never stuck with AA but I did stick with recovery in different ways.
We're all rooting for Ann to suceed, by any means possible.
Have a lovely day :)

Texaco said...

I am not here today to bask in the reflected sunlight of your spirit, my friend.

I've come to meme you.

I'm very sorry.


Recovery Road London said...

Nice post. :)

molly said...

hope you are well and happy :) just thinking about you.

Anonymous said...

I really liked the video, thanks

johno said...

helloooo. just stocked up on another heavyweight of books!! :)

Recovery Road London said...


That was a very kind offer. They didnt keep me in this time, though.

Let me know if you fancy a coffee in the City sometime.

Anonymous said...

That was great!
There are good effects when alcoholics go to a meeting.
When people express their emotions and problems to others, it somehow lightens up their feelings.