Originally posted by Doomsday 2029
I'm an alcoholic...
#3. Where is the seperation between church and state in this mess? I've been court ordered to a program that tells me God is the only way? And not
only that but in the twelve steps they refer to God as a "HE".
In the end it is a choice and a spiritual sickness... And I make bad choices, and my spirit is sick...
(But they will tell you the Brain science behind it that classifies it as a disease.)
Actually I've never once heard anybody mention "Church"
It's a spiritual program Not a religious one.
You can choose a door knob to be your "higher power" if that helps you stop drinking when you want to. Of course it will only work if you work it.
To answer the OPs question.
If I remember correctly only half the active alcoholics were found to have a genetic disposition to become alcoholics. The other half were not. Simply
because you may have parents who are alcoholics doesn't mean you will be to. It does though mean that you are at higher risk.
It's an obsession of the mind, disease of the body and a spiritual melody.
When an alcoholic drinks they do not have that "off switch"
that says "I'm done"
after one or two drinks like a "Normy" What they
have is a broken switch that is stuck in the "ON" position.
When a normal non alcoholic person drinks too much their bodies starts to shut down. They get dizzy and tired and want to sleep. The body has a built
in defense mechanism that will slowly shut down the higher functions in order to protect itself. They will pass out. The body will do this because it
knows that the alcohol is destructive to the liver and kidneys and it is destroying brain cells. Your body is a lot smarter than we are sometimes.
With an "Alcoholic" however that natural built in mechanism for shutting down the body doesn't function properly and they will continue to consume
alcohol way past the body's natural "Shut down" this is what they call a "Black out"
they are still up and about but the higher functions
have shut down and they will not remember what they did the night before.
When they drink continually over long periods of time they are killing themselves and their bodies are sending them the signals continually that it
does not want nor need the alcohol but the body craves it. There is the "Disease" part. The obsession part is the mind telling the body it's OK to
drink "More" and why do they drink to excess?
They are spiritually corrupted.
Alcoholics never start out wanting to be Alcoholics. For most they start out very innocently enough for some it's a simple "Party" they go to, or
some would sneak some booze from their parents, for others it's a choice. Some people are just heavy drinker who will never develop a problem.
Some people develop problems within a very short amount of time. While for others it takes years to develop a drinking problem, but once it sets in
there is no way an "Alcoholic" can ever drink again like a normal person." One or Two" Beers.
Oh they will try and some of them will die trying but they will never drink again like a normal person. There is nothing outside of a program that
is designed by and ran by Alcoholics for other Alcoholics. If you think you or maybe somebody you love might have a drinking problem then I would
attending a meeting.
Keep in mind that the God of your own understanding
that you walk into a meeting with is the same God you will walk out with. I have never seen
anybody try to force anybody to do anything in an AA meeting.
1. We admitted we were powerless over alcohol-that our lives had become unmanageable.
2. Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him
4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
5. Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
6. Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
7. Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
8. Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.
9. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
10. Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.
11. Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for
us and the power to carry that out.
12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in
all our affairs.