By Christopher Cavanaugh
What does a codependent say to his mate whilst he wakes up?
"Good morning, how am I?"
--Overheard at a Codependents nameless meeting
Throughout the realm this day, greater than million alcoholics and thousands of drug addicts, compulsive overeaters, intercourse addicts, compulsive gamblers, codependents, and different addicts abstain from their habit, having came across a brand new lifestyles by way of working towards the 12-step application of restoration built by means of Alcoholics nameless. through the years, their practices have advanced right into a method of life--the 12-Step Culture.
"I do not take into account my first assembly, yet i have been informed that I talked for a truly lengthy time."
--Mary, a member of Narcotics Anonymous
AA to Z is the 1st publication to rfile the richness and variety of the lives of improving humans and to supply an encyclopedic examine this certain tradition. much less self-help than enlightenment and leisure, AA to Z is made from real-life tales of...
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He’d had a very deep religious experience that straightened out his life. He became a born-again Christian. I remember him coming back to New York totally changed from the long-haired drug addict I had known. He now had short hair and a Bible under his arm, and he told everyone how the Lord helped him with every part of his life. I was intrigued by that. I was hitchhiking across the country with a friend of mine, on the way to California. It was a way to pass the summer. We decided to stop in Denver and stay with my brother for a couple of days.
A major event leading to my recovery happened when I was sixteen and strung out on drugs. I went to Colorado. The brother who had first turned me on to drugs had moved there. He’d had a very deep religious experience that straightened out his life. He became a born-again Christian. I remember him coming back to New York totally changed from the long-haired drug addict I had known. He now had short hair and a Bible under his arm, and he told everyone how the Lord helped him with every part of his life.
I started smoking pot and taking pills, and I started getting lit up on booze. It became my little secret. I knew that a lot of kids were doing it too, because of peer pressure and things like that. But I knew it was my solace, my higher power. It made me feel like I could function in life. So I took to it like a magnet and tried to be wherever drugs and alcohol were found. At the same time, I began to go through puberty. As with my older brothers, puberty brought out my anger, and again, I’d take it out on my little brother.
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