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by LetgoJoe
Sat Apr 16, 2011 8:46 pm
Forum: Discussions
Topic: Share or not share....keep hearing different
Replies: 21
Views: 4823

Re: Share or not share....keep hearing different

Lyneeta, I just wanted to suggest a read, if you haven't already, of the Q&A on Sponsorship pamphlet . I find that information gives a healthy understanding of what sponsorship is and thereby may help in what to look for in one. Hope the information is helpful. It is good to see you here talking abo...
by LetgoJoe
Fri Apr 15, 2011 10:52 pm
Forum: Discussions
Topic: The drugs v alcohol debate
Replies: 92
Views: 21035

Re: The drugs v alcohol debate

because of the HUGE connotation "street drugs" have given the word "drugs" I think that this might be hinting at a lot of what is going on in AA meetings about how people think AA will be overrun by addicts. I am not sure what the deal is but you can generally feel an AA meeting get uncomfortable w...
by LetgoJoe
Thu Mar 31, 2011 8:15 am
Forum: For the Newcomer
Topic: Feeling really ill and scared... some odd symptoms...
Replies: 10
Views: 2476

Re: Feeling really ill and scared... some odd symptoms...

Hi Jonny. I hope you are getting the help you need on the medical side of the house. I can really relate to your description of the events of panic and such. I had something very close to the same thing. I agree with what everyone here has previously posted and I can tell you from personal experienc...
by LetgoJoe
Tue Mar 29, 2011 7:20 am
Forum: Discussions
Topic: Slipped after 20 years
Replies: 49
Views: 11916

Re: Slipped after 20 years

Over time, I got too cocky. I can identify with that. That statement reflects the core of what leads me astray AND my only defense to keeping that problem arrested is the working of the steps. From my own personal experience, that takes me praying and meditating about applying those steps in my lif...
by LetgoJoe
Tue Feb 01, 2011 1:53 am
Forum: Discussions
Topic: A good meeting, an opportunity...
Replies: 9
Views: 2644

Re: A good meeting, an opportunity...

I am really grateful for the ESH shared in this thread. It was just what I needed to read today. ~Joe
by LetgoJoe
Mon Jan 31, 2011 8:15 am
Forum: For the Newcomer
Topic: I need help.
Replies: 16
Views: 3982

Re: I need help.

Hi ddemara and welcome. If you have a desire to stop drinking keep coming back and exploring what AA is . Some things that helped me as a newcomer was learning what an alcoholic is, is AA for me and how can they help me with that condition? I read the text material and pamphlets and attended a lot o...
by LetgoJoe
Wed Dec 15, 2010 7:38 am
Forum: For the Newcomer
Topic: committee in your head
Replies: 12
Views: 3502

Re: committee in your head

I am new(ish).... where in the Big Book does it talk about "the committee in your head" ? As stated before, it doesn't. I believe it was a phrase that was one of those analytical deals that a lot of people could relate to so it stuck. The first time I heard it, I could certainly relate. I was new t...
by LetgoJoe
Tue Sep 07, 2010 7:10 am
Forum: Discussions
Topic: The drugs v alcohol debate
Replies: 92
Views: 21035

Re: The drugs v alcohol debate

I like the reference to tradition 3. It keeps people off the rationalizing control mode. In our area there seem to be more AA meetings to attend than NA meetings. So it seems that the NA newcomers like to go into the AA meetings as there are more of them to get more meetings in. Knowing this, I tend...
by LetgoJoe
Tue Sep 07, 2010 5:22 am
Forum: Discussions
Topic: God as I (can't) understand Him
Replies: 30
Views: 6947

Re: God as I (can't) understand Him

Power greater than myself, meaning I am not the greater power, self-centeredness is the core of my problem. I rejected and fought and had all kinds of opinions about how this stopping drinking thing was foolish and not for me while I was in denial until I admitted my problem with it. When I accepted...
by LetgoJoe
Mon Aug 16, 2010 4:16 am
Forum: For the Newcomer
Topic: 6 down 6 to go
Replies: 12
Views: 2810

Re: 6 down 6 to go

Good to hear it ced! Keep at it. It is good to hear your progress.
by LetgoJoe
Sun Aug 15, 2010 11:44 am
Forum: Our Friends and Families
Topic: Are we doing enough to break the cycle?
Replies: 31
Views: 12164

Re: Are we doing enough to break the cycle?

Every Action has an Equal and Opposite Reaction? Or perhaps its some of that Yin and Yang philosophy. It seems for every level of control there is a matching form of rebellion. I know if I had not made the "rebellion dog" choices in my active alcoholism, I'd not arrived to this place of freedom toda...
by LetgoJoe
Sat Aug 14, 2010 8:31 pm
Forum: The 12 Steps
Topic: The Prodigal
Replies: 46
Views: 18786

Re: The Prodigal

Looks like I've created another one of those contraversial threads. I think I will simply give up trying with e-AA. There are too many varying opinions impeding progress and it is becoming frustrating. In my opinion, this thread is a genuinely good topic. It is not controversial to me. I see a cons...
by LetgoJoe
Sat Aug 14, 2010 5:48 pm
Forum: The 12 Steps
Topic: The Prodigal
Replies: 46
Views: 18786

Re: The Prodigal

Doing the steps with a sponsor as described in the big book was the key for me to truly get through those kind of issues. It does not tell me to close the door on anything. As far as forgiveness, it is my experience that if I cannot forgive, I won't be forgiven - not because God won't do it, but bec...
by LetgoJoe
Fri Aug 13, 2010 8:12 am
Forum: Discussions
Topic: What's changes have taken place in AA meetings over time?
Replies: 19
Views: 5045

Re: What's changes have taken place in AA meetings over time?

I guess for me working the steps and talking with my sponsor and being willing to have these relationships on God's terms, not mine, is part of what this is about for me. Online relationships are easier for me because they seem pretty one sided and I am not faced with my own prejudices that can bloc...
by LetgoJoe
Fri Aug 13, 2010 6:26 am
Forum: For the Newcomer
Topic: Hi everyone, I'm new here
Replies: 30
Views: 5338

Re: Hi everyone, I'm new here

I'm still slightly reluctant to say I'm alcoholic, but I'm definitely ready to admit that my life is unmanageable and that I can't stop drinking on my own. And so begins the journey. I was told to do 90 meetings in 90 days, get and read the big book, get a sponsor and work the steps. Oh, and I kept...