reply to post by ARNOMANNN
My best friend (we have known each other all our lives and are more like brothers) struggled with alcoholism for most of his adult life.
At first I tried to help him but after about ten years I was simply at a loss as to what to do... When sober, he is the best friend you could ever
have... kind, generous, thoughtful... When drunk, he was a completely different character. It got to a point were alcohol had consumed him... even
when sober it was all that was on his mind. He would turn up at my house drunk, full asleep on the sofa for a while, and then wake up and ask me if I
wanted to go to the pub with him.
I am deeply ashamed to say that eventually I turned my back on him... I cut him off and refused to contact him for years. I had a family to think
about, so I guess I was being selfish, and I didn’t want a negative influence in my life.
Anyway about a year ago I received a phone call from him... immediately I could tell there was a difference. It was like talking to my old friend
Turns out that he had joined the AA and was on a 12 step programme... Part of his programme was to confront the demons from his past and say sorry to
people he felt he had hurt. I couldn’t believe it... There was I thinking it was me who had been the lesser friend and my friend was convinced it
Since that phone call we are closer than ever... we often meet up for chats and go shooting together... I have learnt so much about the 12 step
programme that if ever I knew someone else who was having trouble I would recommend it to them immediately. Like you, ARNOMANNN, it has saved his
What I have learnt about the 12 step programme, through my friend, has also made me better equipped to deal with this issue should anyone else I know
suffer from Alcoholism.
He has come so far since those early days and everyone is extremely proud of him.
It has also given my baby Son the best Godfather anyone could ever wish for!
Sorry to hear that you are struggling my friend... Stick with the programme... it REALLY does work.
I know I am not in the Brotherhood... so i apologise for busting into your conversation like this... but just wanted to tell the story in case anyone
else out there is having problems.