Doing The Alcoholics Anonymous Twelve Steps – Again

Your answers are usually analyzed and your results are based on the answers. Again these results will give you a good indication of it there is a problem or not.

I received many emails and comments in response to that post. Many of those commenting believed that alcoholics anonymous (AA) is a cult. I frankly take those comments with a grain of salt. All of them were from former AA members. When you are at a low point in your life and counting on something to help you turn that life around but that something does not work, what do you do? You don’t look to yourself because you know you cannot change by yourself. You blame everyone else. You blame the program. You dismiss, you denigrate, you destroy. You do anything except take personal responsibility for your failure. I know this because I have been at that low point. Turning to AA for assistance in moving past that point does not make AA a cult; it makes you human.

Reward yourself. Use the money you once spent on drinking to do something fun with your family or friends. Go out to eat, see a movie, or play sports or a game.

Step 11. Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God, as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out. Authentically working Step 11 maintains a connection with one’s Higher Power. Asking for help, praying when one wakes up and lies down, giving thanks, meditating-these are all means by which the recovering alcoholic remains humble and relinquishes control to their Higher Power.

What about the driving itself? Many people are surprised to learn that the car doesn’t have to be moving to get a DUI in most states. Let’s say you and your loved one spend a night out on the town. You are at a bar and get in an argument. The two of you head out to the car to have a personal chat. It is winter, so you fire up the car to generate some heat. A police officer watches you do this and thinks you are drunk. The officer can charge you for drunk driving since the engine is on. It does not matter that you are just sitting there.

Dealing with the teen drinking issue has to be addressed as a problem of its own. The age will vary when it comes time for the young teen to start experimenting with it. How you handle it is going to be critical in the final outcome. That doesn’t mean to say that if the young person ends up with a drinking problem that its your fault. You do have to face the issue though, and your approach can have an impact.

Drinking alone can exacerbate these feelings of loneliness. In fact drinking tends to amplify the mood you were in before you picked up the first drink. These feelings of loneliness can lead to picking up and calling people you know on the phone, announcing to the world that you’re drunk, or worse, may lead you to get in the car and either just take a drive or go visiting. Under some circumstances you don’t even have to leave the house to damage your reputation.