Hi,I just discovered this board this evening while browsing thru the discussion board folders. I'll be putting it in my favorites. Interesting comments especially about "hitting bottom." I just got back from vacationing with my in-laws. My niece's sister-in-law happened to stop in for a couple of days and asked me about AA. Seems my niece's mother-in-law is drinking pretty heavily. I suggested she get a hold of someone with Al-Anon. It is hard to explain about hitting bottom. I can only speak of my own experience. I got "sick and tired of being sick and tired."We (AA's) often say the program is for those who want it, not those who need it. However my own situation was that I didn't really know that the crazy feelings I had were tied in with my using. I stumbled upon a book called "The Cracker Factory" about a woman who was an alcholic. Suddenly I was relating to another person even if only in a book. That book lead me to my first AA meeting. I don't always relate to everyone I meet in the program. But I have meet enough people that I can relate to and know that I am where I belong. To those people who are new and struggling, my heart goes out to you. I wish I could take away your pain and struggle. But I can't. As my first sponsor told me, "life is a process. You have to work thru the process." I know my own experience has been that early on I was told things would get better. And they have. I've been sober over 14 years and even when I get down I always have some where and some one I can turn to. My HP has not let me down. And relating to another thread on this board. I always thank my HP before I go to bed every night. It has worked so far and I have no intentions of changing that!Thanks for the board. I'll be checking everyday.
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