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by SteveC
Mon Oct 16, 2006 1:55 pm
Forum: Sponsorship
Topic: Pros and Cons of Sponsorship
Replies: 36
Views: 25571

The main problerm is that some folks are bothered by the off color language. We need to keep it down. Thanks!

Steve
by SteveC
Fri Sep 22, 2006 3:40 am
Forum: Sponsorship
Topic: (un)sponsored
Replies: 53
Views: 32957

New Types of Drunks

I think this is a very interesting conversation. I happen to be from the old school in that I didn't come in through a treatment center or the courts. Probably because when I originally got sober in Alaska, the nearest treatment center was in Oregon. I got drug into my first meeting by another membe...
by SteveC
Tue Sep 12, 2006 10:54 pm
Forum: Sponsorship
Topic: (un)sponsored
Replies: 53
Views: 32957

Unsponsor

Don't mind us, Pan. We're just going through some babbling to hear ourselves talk. I think a sponsor is very important in AA. They are the experienced member that has been through the steps & can help guide you through the steps. They've usually been through things very similar to our own experience...
by SteveC
Tue Sep 12, 2006 4:48 pm
Forum: Sponsorship
Topic: (un)sponsored
Replies: 53
Views: 32957

Re: (un)sponsored

Tell the "AA Police" to go stick it! I have to agree with Ian on this one. Although I was once sober for 7 years, I ended up drunk again. When I decided to give AA another try 5 years later, I heard some good things from a young lad in a meeting. He was only 14 years old & had just celebrated 1 year...
by SteveC
Mon Sep 11, 2006 7:48 pm
Forum: Sponsorship
Topic: (un)sponsored
Replies: 53
Views: 32957

Re: (un)sponsored

co-unsponsors! I love it! Ya know, there are no rules in AA, just a lot of suggestions. SOme people, like me, prefer having a sponsor. Others don't. I always figured whatever worked for the individual is what they shoud do. I do have to say that having a sponsor throughout my years of sobriety has b...
by SteveC
Sat Sep 09, 2006 10:28 pm
Forum: The 12 Steps
Topic: Exellent Link
Replies: 1
Views: 2914

Re: Exellent Link

Hi Walt,

You know the policy on postin links. If you must inform someone, please do it by private post.

Thanks!

Steve
by SteveC
Wed Sep 06, 2006 12:56 am
Forum: For the Newcomer
Topic: I'm going to quit!
Replies: 16
Views: 6681

Re: I'm going to quit!

Welcome Chrisy! As several folks have mentioned, withdrawel is different for everybody. Even though I was a heavy-duty whiskey drinker, the detox wasn't bad at all. I had a pretty good case of the shakes, but that only lasted a few days. I started on a Sunday & by the end of the week I was going to ...
by SteveC
Sun Sep 03, 2006 7:07 pm
Forum: If It Doesn't Fit Anywhere Else
Topic: Lost one
Replies: 10
Views: 4347

Re: Lost one

Hi Keith! I'm sorry for your friend. And yet, old Charlie could have been me. I was there, 7 years sober and suddenly with a bottle in my hand. No excuses. I continued to drink for over 5 more years. During the last six months of that, I ended up in the emergency room twice, having my heart restarte...
by SteveC
Sun Sep 03, 2006 6:50 pm
Forum: For the Newcomer
Topic: Saying the words
Replies: 10
Views: 4691

Re: Saying the words

Welcome Maria! By the time I got to AA, I hadn't cried in a long time. Then all of the sudden, I couldn't stop. I cried over sad movies, sad books, sad stories. What sobriety did was to give back my emotions that I had spent a lifetime trying to bury. It took me some time to understand what was happ...
by SteveC
Wed Aug 30, 2006 6:23 pm
Forum: Sponsorship
Topic: Sponsors
Replies: 47
Views: 25190

Re: Sponsors

Getting a sponsor isn't really anything a person has to fear. You can always change sponsors if the one you have doesn't work out. Yes, you may get told no when you ask. Usually a person will tell you why. Alreaddy sponsoring several people, strange working hours or they simply may not sponsor peopl...
by SteveC
Wed Aug 16, 2006 11:51 am
Forum: For the Newcomer
Topic: Sober without AA?
Replies: 5
Views: 2560

Re: Sober without AA?

Hey Pojack! #1. You don't have to talk at an AA meeting unless you choose to. Very few of us want to speak up when we first come to the program. #2. You think you've done some bad stuff? If you stick around long enough, you'll hear some horrendous stories from some of us. We don't judge each other. ...
by SteveC
Tue Aug 15, 2006 4:33 am
Forum: Our Friends and Families
Topic: mum
Replies: 9
Views: 9148

Re: mum

Pablito,

Please accept my condolences on your loss. It is great that you are sober & can remain sober through this. I lost my Dad to cancer in July of 1992. I was drunk through the funeral & the reception afterwards. I got sober February 14th of 1993, jus a few months later.

Hugs!

Steve
by SteveC
Tue Aug 15, 2006 4:27 am
Forum: For the Newcomer
Topic: ?? about becoming alcoholic.. conditions
Replies: 5
Views: 2523

Re: ?? about becoming alcoholic.. conditions

In the Big Book, Chapter 3, it states "We alcoholics are men and women who have lost the ability to control their drinking." That's the best & simplest definition that I have ever heard. Just because we stop drinking doesn't mean we are no longer alcoholics. It just means we're SOBER alcoholics. One...
by SteveC
Wed Aug 09, 2006 7:15 pm
Forum: Sponsorship
Topic: Sponsor from outside AA?
Replies: 10
Views: 8158

Re: Sponsor from outside AA?

While I always think Jim is a little hard on folks, I agree with him here. A sponsor should be someone in the AA program, working the steps & walking the talk. An outsider may be ok for your 5 step, but if they haven't been one of us, they have no knowledge of what it takes.

Steve
by SteveC
Tue Aug 08, 2006 4:14 am
Forum: The 12 Traditions of AA
Topic: Tradition Number Four (Study)
Replies: 30
Views: 18338

Re: Tradition Number Four (Study)

Hi Shane! I'm sorry to hear that the groups in your area don't work by the Traditions. However, it's not like that everywhere. Here in Great Falls & most of Montana, the groups really pay attention to the traditions. If we had groups here accepting money from outside interests or using religious lit...