Commitment To A Local Detox Unit

by Dick on January 14, 2012 · 1 comment

in Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Alcoholism, Recovery, Treatment

The other day, I attended my AA home chapter’s weekly “commitment,” or service project, to a local hospital detox unit. It reminded me of my time at Hazelden where the first 24 hours are spent in a monitored detox area where the nurses would check on you every 6 hours.

My sponsor said it would show me how lucky I was to have an intact family, a home, a car and a career. He was right. One guy was on his 19th detox and was still struggling over whether we was truly an alcoholic. Little did he know that only a true alcoholic’s denial is that strong.

I got to share a little bit of my story, and just focused on the fact that I’m at a crossroads. I can choose the “good” path down the road of sobriety. Of health and happiness — and challenge. Or I can go down the “bad” path. Of drinking, darkness, loss and misery. Only alcoholics actually debate which path to take as to take the dark path would be certifiably insane.

Step 3: We came to believe that a Power greater than us could restore us to sanity.

One day at a time…

~Dick

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