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The author drank alcoholically from his first drink at age 14. By 17 he was drinking as often as he could, though it was usually only 3 or 4 times a week. By 19 he found that he was unable to stop drinking - even for a day - when he wanted to. He did not achieve any notable sobriety until he was nearly 40 years old.

He was handicapped in his membership to Alcoholics Anonymous in that he was "spiritually broken". It wasn't so much that he didn't believe in God, as it was he had no desire to do business with Him. He prayed and meditated and practiced the program as best he could. He "acted as if" and "faked it 'till he could make it". After many years he still had no conscious contact with a power greater than himself. Just as he was about to give up, he had the thought that "Living in faith is more important than professing faith". So he walks through the program today spiritually bereft, but always seeking.

These are things he has learned staying sober.

Some of these stories are available on his blog:


Tales from the Last House on the Block

As Jim Sees It

Authored by J T
Edition: I

When he turned 50 - with 10 years of sobriety - the author became curious as to why he had succeeded in staying sober when so many others had failed. He was convinced that the program of Alcoholics Anonymous worked, and yet he recalled having broken more rules than he had followed. He got back into the book and studied it. He came to the conclusion that his success was due to which rules he had followed; he had followed the suggestions that were made in the book Alcoholics Anonymous, and unconsciously ignored suggestions that were not supported by A.A. literature.

It occurred to him that extraneous suggestions floating around A.A. may not just be "harmless" and "derived from treatment centers, not A.A."; some of them could actually be dangerous. After all, ideas as simple and seemingly sensible as "empty your liquor cabinet" and "don't go to bars" - ideas he had never followed - fly in direct contradiction to the Big Book, which says: "In our belief any scheme of combating alcoholism which proposes to shield the sick man from temptation is doomed to failure". So it became his mission to take every suggestion he had heard in Alcoholics Anonymous that was not "from the book" and subject it to scrutiny.

These essays chronicle his ongoing development of a new belief system with the help of A.A. Today his creed is: "Don't believe everything you think."

Publication Date:
1492995762 / 9781492995760
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Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
6" x 9"
Black and White
Related Categories:
Self-Help / Twelve-Step Programs

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