One of the differences between a responsible drinker and an alcoholic is their control over drinking. A responsible drinker can resist a drink when they find it’s not the right time to indulge in alcohol. Say, you must pick your kids from school. One of your friends invites you for a drink. You can easily refuse.
But not an alcoholic. He or she would readily agree. They cannot resist the temptation of alcohol. Soon, you would find them drunk, forgetting that they had to pick the kids from school.
AA meetings in Idaho help individuals who want to be responsible but feel helpless in front of cravings.
If you have the desire to quit alcohol, the meeting will help you.
If you don’t, face the truth: nobody in the world can help you.
One of the first steps in the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous says that you must accept your drinking problem and also accept that you are powerless in front of it.
Only when you accept you have a problem will you find a solution, right?
Why the 12 steps
The 12 steps are related to AA’s 12 traditions. Each step has significance. When you join a meeting, you must go through each step thoroughly. Only after you have ‘lived’ each step can you go to the next step. You cannot skip any step. Of course, you can take your time in practicing each step.
It’s not wrong to say that the 12 steps are the 12 stepping stones for a recovering addict. They lead you to a life of sobriety.
No alcoholic can turn sober without practicing the steps. This is because the steps are woven with certain values and discipline, which is important in life. When these steps become an integral part of a recovering addict’s life, he or she can achieve not only sobriety but also a fulfilling life ahead.
It’s a step by step journey to sobriety
The 12 steps and the 12 traditions of Alcoholics Anonymous are still alive, after decades of the conception of AA. This, in itself, proves that the steps work. Of course, they are challenging.
But then, nothing big is ever achieved in life through comfort and ease, is it?
So, if you are thinking of quitting alcohol, don’t just continue to think, act today. Why not add it to your list of New Year’s resolutions?
And this is one resolution you won’t break because the meetings provide alcoholics a strong support system. They get a chance to confess, open out their hearts, talk candidly about their alcoholism, and discover interesting ways to stay sober.
What’s more? You can also refer to the Sobriety Calculator that can accurately count the number of days you stayed sober.
So, what are you waiting for?
Refer to a AA meeting locator and find a meeting in your area. Start attending without delay. Discover life beyond alcohol. Make new friends. Talk to therapists. Learn to fight cravings. Be a winner.
For more information on finding meetings, visit https://www.aa-meetings.com/.