Hello everyone! My name is Bianka. I would like to give you another warm welcome to Detox to Rehab’s Recovery Reflections. Please join us and listen to the experience, strength and hope shared by Corey, Brandon, and Madison.
We will pre-record readings from Alcoholics Anonymous: Daily Reflections. We express how this reading has helped our recovery or how it has impacted us. We thank you and hope we can inspire your recovery journey!
March 22, 2017: No More Struggle
And we have ceased fighting anything or anyone — even alcohol. – Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 84
When A.A. found me, I thought I was in for a struggle, and that A.A. might provide the strength I needed to beat alcohol. Victorious in that fight, who knows what other battles I could win. I would need to be strong, though. All my previous experience with life provided that. Today I do not have to struggle or exert my will. If I take those Twelve Steps and let my Higher Power do the real work, my alcohol problem disappears all by itself. My living problems also cease to be struggles. I just have to ask whether acceptance — or change — is required. It is not my will, but His, that needs doing.
Daily Reflections: http://www.justfortodaymeditations.com/daily-recovery-readings-march-22/
“The obsession will be removed and that is one of the promises,” Brandon said.
When I came to A.A. I was very sick: both, mentally and emotionally. I just wanted to stop drinking and getting high; I didn’t think I had to change my whole life in order for the obsession of drinking and using to be removed. However, if that meant I was to stop using, I was going to do whatever was suggested of me. Time has passed and I did what was suggested, and worked through the 12-steps. Today, the obsession to drink and use drugs is gone. If it wasn’t for my Higher Power I would probably still be out there using and abusing to escape from reality.
“It is a way of life and a daily thing,” Madison said.
Although the obsession to drink and use has been removed, I still have to put in work daily so the obsession doesn’t come back. The 12-steps isn’t something you graduate from:, it is a way of life that can save you from the pits of hell that drugs and alcohol took you too.
“I am no longer focused on getting loaded anymore,” Corey said.
Now that I know the 12-steps is a way of life and I practice them daily, I don’t worry about if I am going to get loaded or not. The thought of drinking or using doesn’t cross my mind anymore. I am not scared to run into someone I used to know, I am not scared to find a drug on the street, and I am not scared to walk through the liquor isle at the grocery store. I am not scared to live my life and don’t have constant worry of, “am I going to get high today.” Life is beautiful today. It is what I make of it and today I chose to live through the principles of A.A. over living a miserable life surrounded by drugs and alcohol.
“Life gets a lot easier,” Corey said.
There are still hard times living the A.A. way. Life isn’t perfect but it is a lot easier than living on the streets wondering how you are going to get your next fix. I live a rewarding life today. It is a miracle that we are all here and make it to bed at night, sober.
There is a way out. You just have to work for it. Tune in next week for more experience, strength, and hope shared by Corey, Madison, and Brandon. If you or a loved one is struggling with an alcohol or drug problem, feel free to give us a call. We are here to help.