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Title: It was a statistical fact that alcoholics almost never recovered on their own resources
Author: Fraser Trevor
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spirituality (Photo credit: Loulair Harton ) Rejecting, altering, rewriting the principles and procedures conveyed in the magnificent...
spirituality (Photo credit: Loulair Harton)

Rejecting, altering, rewriting the principles and procedures conveyed in the magnificent spiritual text, story and “How To”  book, “Alcoholics Anonymous” -  the "never recover” idea becomes  an enduring truth for so many folks. It can be discouraging to see so many ‘Fellow-shippers’ most of whom will not even still be around in a few years,  others who are old-timers - hovering about in an abstinent limbo state of sobriety called “recoverING” - while at the same time being slowly pushed into early graves by ever-degrading spiritual conditions.

Emotional, physical, and mental health deteriorates even as ‘sobriety dates’ are celebrated. We all want what ‘they had’ (the co-authors) but do we want what these folks are getting?

Some will chase inventory highs, sponsorship rotations, latch onto new gurus in and out of the fellowship - while others will simply zone out like AA zombies, taking up service positions, bleeding deaconry roles,  or turn  uber-sponsorship machinists. A frightening number will sport Big Book, worn out from  much study and memorization. (Yeah, that’s right, some of us Twelve Steppin’ Big Book loons are really just being fashion conscious when we wear those 4th editions under our arms. Sorry to burst your bubble)

Like a counterfeit  “UL APPROVED” sticker on a cheap, defective lamp cord, many of these and other recovery packages will have received a stamp of “SPIRITUAL” on it. When eventually the ink wears away what remains are the original contents of the package. They will be proven to have been nothing more that “Human Resource”.  So does remain the anger, fear the anxiety and all the bedeviling symptoms of mistreated spiritual malady. 
It is much harder to help one whose misery has been complicated by mistreated spirituality than it is working with the untreated individual.
 "It was a statistical fact that alcoholics almost never recovered on their own resources." ~ (Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p.22)

The "resources" Bill is talking about here are human resources; those provided through human "will". It doesn't matter if the will is ours, our sponsors, our group, or the collective will of the worldwide fellowship, if it’s human, it always statistically fails when it comes to recovery. What has always works is when some of us get away from people as a resource and discover  the ‘inner’ resource found in God consciousness. 
The only people worth listening to are the people who tell you not to listen to people and even then only long enough until you stop listening to them too  – then go inward to find.

 If we all did that, we would all be connected to our Creator and we would be free. We would be free from alcohol certainly but then also free of the anxieties, fears - even the emotionally induced physical ailments all of which stem from dependencies upon other human beings. Self would lose its stranglehold over us and we would be accountable to no one - except to a loving God expressing His will through our ever-growing conscious contact with Him. What a purpose for living that is.
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