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These allergic types can never safely use alcohol in any form at all; and once having formed the habit and found they cannot break it, once having lost their self-confidence, their reliance upon things human, their problems pile up on them and become astonishingly difficult to solve.  —Alcoholics Anonymous (4th ed.)

We have Blogged before on Powerlessness so I do not want to repeat myself too much.  Yet often we get call’s of inquiry and the person looking for help will say they do not want a 12 step program.  Typically as we talk it is not the 12 steps they are troubled with it is the idea of going to meetings for the rest of their lives.  They have attempted to do the meeting thing and it sucks!  Of course I do not confront this stuff, I know that their are several reasons that people feel this way, it is usually because they were sent by the court or probation, go to a meeting late, sit in the back, text to their friends how it all sucks and then at the end of the meeting take their attendance sheet to someone to sign.

But be that as it may, once in awhile someone will say to me I am not Powerless!  I can not agree with the statement of powerlessness.  My response, well then don’t, but you can not deny that you are obviously having a challenge or you would not be calling me, and I bet it isn’t too many ice cream sodas!

Yesterday I screened a fellow from New York and he said to me I am whipped I have overcome heroin addiction six years ago but now alcohol has me.  He said to me he does not want to drink yet once he cracks the bottle he can not stop till it is all done and then some.  For me it has been over twenty years since I have had a drink.  But I completely identified with this man.  Once in a while someone that knows I do not drink will ask me why not have one or two?  It has been so long, why not?  My response?  What would one or two do for me?  I never understood the concept of one or two!  One or two six packs maybe of course some tequila shots to go with it!

To me that is powerless!

Go, Go, Go…

Dan 🙂

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