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Alcoholics greatest enemies

August 3, 2015 by Kayce L.

The greatest enemies of us alcoholics are resentment, jealousy, envy, frustration, and fear.
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  1. John says:

    I previously nursed a deep resentment for a year with somebody at work, it drove me crazy until I let it go. At the moment it’s fear, I’m right at the edge of my comfort zone with something due to happen in the very near future, but I’ve learned to trust my HP – We ask God to remove our fear and direct our attention to what he would have us be.

  2. Scott says:

    Day 1 again. Don’t feel great, but it beats throwing up and being stuck in my apartment for sure

  3. Barbara says:

    I’m at day 1 again too. So embarrassed and ashamed at my weakness.
    Praying I can do it this time. I had a granddaughter yesterday and celebrated in all the wrong ways.

    • Thomas Cromer says:

      It’s ok Barbara ur at a new start over pray and find your peace and happaniess it’s there sweetie I promise u that. I will pray for u God will help u also. Take care Barbara.!!!!!!

    • George H says:

      I was at day 1 again and again from 1997-2010. But I just celebrated 5 yrs on August 10 th . The miracle happened when I surrendered totally and put the steps in my life , one day at a time . Glad your back and stay here .

  4. Barbara says:

    Thanks everyone, I went to a wedding yesterday and starting over at day one today AGAIN. I have a drinking boyfriend. Should I break up? I don’t feel I can stay sober unless I do? I’m starting a new job assignment on Tuesday that takes me out of town. Going to take the opportunity to distance myself from him. Keep praying and don’t give up on me. How is Scott doing?

    • Scott says:

      Day 3 thanks for asking Barbara. Went from miserable to “glum lot” so that’s progress. Went to a great speaker meeting last night that blew me away, sort of ignited the spark of hope. I went to my first meeting in 1990 and I had 14 months pretty recently, but was taking 10 tramadols a day. I think George might be right about total surrender and at least trying the steps

    • Thomas Cromer says:

      Good luck Barbara.!!!!!!

  5. Brad says:

    I’ve got a little over 8 years and without the steps a good sponsor
    And surrendering to my higher power daily I never would
    Have made it any where near this far so if I can do it
    Anybody can

  6. Barbara says:

    I’m on day 2 and feeling good. I’m at my son’s house and staying with him and his family while I’m working out of town. Away from drinking friends, with grandson who adores me. I’m feeling hopeful. Glad you are feeling better Scott. I always visit this website but but it seemed like everyone was so far ahead if me in their progress. Your lapse helped me. God works in mysterious ways.

  7. Shane says:

    I have yet to relapse,yet. But I have been going crazy at work I don’t get along with anyone there any more.The sad thing is it’s a great job.Most people would kill to be so lucky.Yet I hate it there.

  8. Ray Guerin says:

    Hang in there! It gets better One Day at a Time. My sponsor would always say give me a good enough reason maybe I’ll have a drink with you. Then he’d tell me in not going to drink today, maybe tomorrow, but not today…And tomorrow he’d tell me the same thing. That was 3 years ago.
    Thank God for AA and thank AA for God.

  9. Scott says:

    I’ve always wondered if it was possible to have a modicum of happiness and sobriety without a sponser or working the steps, not sure it’s something I want to bring up in a meeting. Anyways officially 1 week today

    • Thomas Cromer says:

      Awesome Scott.!!!!!

    • Daniel says:

      No sponsor? Hmmm… We all have our moments as I have had 5 (all passed away over 35 years.) Think of it this way… Your a first round draft pick and when you go to your team meeting.. You decide not to listen to the coach and his staff…start hangin with the guys who won’t pick up the play book. And do whatever you “feel” like doing because you have arrived!

      Are you going to make the team? Will you know what route to run when the QB calls “spread right, power 32, fly 99? I don’t think you’ll know where to lineup.

      Ego… Biggest killer in AA…read page 62 for 62 days… That’s a start. Of course it requires you follow direction….

  10. Scott says:

    Day 8 here, no desire to drink at all. Unfortunately Tramadol continues to be my higher power. I’ve given them to somebody to ration them out to me so I don’t go overboard and go into withdrawals when I run out, which invariably triggers me to drink again. Anyways feels great to be a somewhat productive member of society again. These ambulance rides get pretty expensive without insurance. Note to self ‘call a cab’, save about $1000. Curious as to what line of work your in Shane if you feel like sharing. Anyways have a great weekend everybody. Hope your doing better Barbera, let’s start collecting those chips, got a silver 1 day at a time one, it’s the business as the kids say

  11. Shane says:

    I work for a world leader in large machine manufacturing.I work in research and development at their tech center.Everybody there is better than me .Just ask them.Everything I say and do is public knowledge.A couple weeks ago I had a nervous breakdown and now I can’t seem to get back in the grove. I took on a new job and don’t know if it’s worth the stress.How ever if I tell my boss I can’t handle it.I will probably be fired. I pay quite a bit for child support and can’t afford lose my job.

  12. Bruce says:

    There is no job worth any amount of money if it causes you to louse your serenety. Work that fulfills our nature to serve and have fun doing what we enjoy allows the best growth and happiness.
    Easy Does it!

  13. Chloeb says:

    Wow.. Lots of wonderful shares I don’t know where to even start.. Congrats to all of you for your milestones because for me 24 hours was hard for a long time.. Today is 2 years for me and drank for over 35.. Every single day.. I tried to stop tried other drinks other times.. I did it because of aa.. Willingness to do what they/you do get a sponsor and work it one day at a time with my higher power with me every minute… Screamed the serenity prayer many times… We all have today… And for that I am thankful.. Love you all don’t take the first drink!!

  14. Dianna says:

    Hi all, first for the peeps striving for the 24hrs and cpl days congrats for giving yourself the opportunity to even try. Acceptance is the answer for me in so many ways and on so many different terms. My first 2 yrs of sobriety I worked still the a liquor store environment. The serenity prayer and meetings worked to muster strength when my courage was down. My taking the steps and handing over self accountability to a sponsor who walked me through all the new feelings and hardships that came along the way, gave me the open mindedness to accept the healing love I needed to get my foundation in recovery. I surrended my way for the programs way and my HP’s love healed. I wish I could just hand out what I received but I only know that my actions took me out of the daily fear, frustrations, emptiness, and negativity that limited the person I was. The person I was drank and the person I was will drink again unless I change. I need to make the effort everyday for positive change. I pray everyone finds the willingness.

  15. Chloeb says:

    Thank you Thomas and very well said Dianna!! Great day to be sober!!

  16. Ernierad says:

    One year today. I am proud how my life has turned around. Still a very long way to go..

  17. Dave K says:

    It seems that the toughest problems in life are those involving other people’s treatment of us. Remember that we cannot control that and besides, only God can judge us! So, rest easy and strive to improve your conscious contact. Approaching three years, but the length of time is almost irrelevant as the battle is today.

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