After the Tears
Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014
“The spark that was to flare into the first AA group was struck at Akron, Ohio, in June 1935, during a talk between a New York stockbroker and an Akron physician. Six months earlier, the broker had been relieved of his drink obsession by a sudden spiritual experience, following a meeting with an alcoholic friend who had been in contact with the Oxford Groups of that day. He had also been greatly helped by the late Dr. William D. Silkworth, a New York specialist in alcoholism …From this doctor, the broker had learned the grave nature of alcoholism. Though he could not accept all the tenets of the Oxford Groups, he was convinced of the need for moral inventory, confession of personality defects, restitution to those harmed, helpfulness to others, and the necessity of belief in and dependence upon God.” – Alcoholics Anonymous, 3rd Edition, 1976, “Foreword to the Second Edition,” pp-xv, xvi.
Today, “moral inventory, confession of personality defects, restitution to those harmed, helpfulness to others, and the necessity of belief in and dependence upon God.” With that simple objective, the ensuing Twelve Steps guide me to the promise of the Program: sobriety, serenity, humility, and service. I need not complicate or make a mystery of my reason to seek out AA or how to earn the gifts of recovery and sobriety. With my admission that I am powerless over alcohol and whatever else I cannot control and a determination and commitment to go to any length to make my life one without alcohol, and to make it work, nothing exists to complicate my recovery. Today, being drunk 24/7 has had its run; I want sobriety. Today, I begin. And our common journey continues. After the tears. – Chris M., 2014