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Title: I AM RECOVERED ? I have never seen an alcoholic get anywhere near emotionally and mentally together under three to five years.
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AA Big Book (Photo credit: Wikipedia ) I have never seen an alcoholic get anywhere near emotionally and mentally together under three...
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I have never seen an alcoholic get anywhere near emotionally and mentally together under three to five years.
My experience is that this applies to many, if not most, recovering alcoholics.
One of the many fallacies about AA is the claim that to be a member one has to be a Christian. This is just not true. Many members are atheists or agnostics.Although fundamentalist religions of all sorts do so much damage, one of my favourite Bible quotes is: "The Lord's house has many mansions."

This means that in AA there is room for us all - atheists, agnostics, god-botherers, Buddhists, Christians, Muslims, Sikhs and Hindus. As one wag puts it, AA is comprised of those who believe in God, those who don't believe in God, and those who think they are God!
In AA I have always been an atheist. Yet on Australia Day, I was 42 years free of alcohol and other drugs - which is wonderful, but what really matters is what I am going to do from now on. And the great reality for me, as for all other members of the AA movement, is that from this specific place and time, I need never drink alcohol or take other drugs again.

When I say that I am an atheist I mean that I am not a theist. But in AA's language I do believe in a "power greater than myself" - if only the AA group to which I belong, the other groups I attend, and indeed the AA movement as a whole.

I don't believe that I am sober because of an isolated exercise of the will. In contrast, I believe that I am only sober because I realise, in the words of AA's first suggested step of recovery, that, on my own, I am "powerless over alcohol" and that I need to surrender to that crucial fact, each and every day.
If I am to remain sober, I believe that I need to regularly attend AA meetings and to consciously do what I can about AA's program of recovery.

That is to say, I am only free of alcohol and other drugs, not because I am smart or wilful or clever, but because I have accepted a key of AA lore.
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