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by Brock
Sat Sep 21, 2019 7:05 am
Forum: Discussions
Topic: Questions heard at meetings.
Replies: 2
Views: 20

Questions heard at meetings.

The topic was defects of character, and someone said their worse defect is isolating, and being hurt by the words and actions of those close to them. This caused much debate, but the question remained - is wanting to be alone, (isolating), and being easily hurt by the actions and words of others, a ...
by Brock
Wed Sep 18, 2019 7:11 am
Forum: Discussions
Topic: Are we powerless over alcohol?
Replies: 68
Views: 2191

Re: Are we powerless over alcohol?

Theo said - There will probably come a day that someone finds a medical way to prevent the craving in the body of alcoholics, but until that time, I am powerless over that part of my disease and can only work on removing the power held by alcohol over my mind. And - I can tell you that my survival i...
by Brock
Tue Sep 17, 2019 8:36 am
Forum: For the Newcomer
Topic: 30 Days
Replies: 4
Views: 46

Re: 30 Days

Welcome here Nomore18, good name you chose. But the #18 after the name, is probably about the number of times I said no more, but I just couldn’t do it, or when I did I was unhappy as hell with life. On one occasion, having got a high paying job in a chemical plant, that did random employee drug tes...
by Brock
Mon Sep 16, 2019 7:31 pm
Forum: Sponsorship
Topic: Feeling defeated...
Replies: 7
Views: 143

Re: Feeling defeated...

Welcome here Pathfinder. You have explained so well what your predicament is, and as a grateful recovered alcoholic with a lovely life thanks to AA, it hurts me when things like this happen. Unfortunately it does happen, forums like this are a confidential way we can speak about it, and we get issue...
by Brock
Sun Sep 15, 2019 1:40 pm
Forum: For the Newcomer
Topic: Spiritual or religious?
Replies: 13
Views: 195

Re: Spiritual or religious?

I couldn’t understand everything you were saying about the soul and religion, but I agree without doubt, the AA program was intended to be spiritual and not religious. Thinking it may be religious has put people off, until they find out the truth. One of the best ways I have seen it explained, is th...
by Brock
Sun Sep 15, 2019 4:57 am
Forum: Our Friends and Families
Topic: Question
Replies: 6
Views: 100

Re: Question

Hello skylar. In treatment, and also when someone is recovering with the help of a sponsor and AA meetings, it is often suggested to cut off contact with some people. It seems hard, but quite a few people have come here, and asked why a persons sponsor has said they must have no girl or boy friends ...
by Brock
Sat Sep 14, 2019 8:10 am
Forum: Discussions
Topic: Are we powerless over alcohol?
Replies: 68
Views: 2191

Re: Are we powerless over alcohol?

Since part of the disease of alcoholism as is stated in the BB is the "craving", we cannot claim that we have completely regained power over alcohol until we can consume it without the craving occurring. I would not think it was a good idea to convey to the newcomer that we can fully regain power o...
by Brock
Sat Sep 14, 2019 7:23 am
Forum: Sponsorship
Topic: Online sponsorship
Replies: 3
Views: 124

Re: Online sponsorship

These things happen and we do get people relapsing, it helps others see that the maintenance of our spiritual program of action, is important to the sort of contented life which ensures alcohol does not become an option once again. So while it’s hard on the person it happens to, it also helps us all...
by Brock
Fri Sep 13, 2019 7:03 am
Forum: Discussions
Topic: Questions heard at meetings.
Replies: 11
Views: 216

Re: Questions heard at meetings.

My reading of spiritual and other such self improvement material, says that I only see in others what is also in me, so if I judge someone as being egotistical, it’s my own ego which is doing the judging. But at least if I know it’s my ego, or greed, or whatever I see in others, which helps me ident...
by Brock
Thu Sep 12, 2019 8:31 am
Forum: Discussions
Topic: Questions heard at meetings.
Replies: 11
Views: 216

Questions heard at meetings.

Someone said at the meeting, he was struggling to understand the difference between evaluating himself, and evaluating others, since he needed to compare himself with others to see how he was doing. But evaluating others is being judgmental, which is a spiritual no no, so he was confused. So were ma...
by Brock
Wed Sep 11, 2019 4:43 pm
Forum: For the Newcomer
Topic: Think Think Think
Replies: 14
Views: 5095

Re: Think Think Think

Welcome to e-AA looking4peace, love your user name. Sorry for the extra long delay in your first post approval, sometimes it takes a while for one us moderators to see these things, and it’s necessary due to the spam sites like this gets, if you post again it will go straight up.
by Brock
Mon Sep 09, 2019 7:05 pm
Forum: For the Newcomer
Topic: Think Think Think
Replies: 14
Views: 5095

Re: Think Think Think

Welcome here Regina, I really enjoyed your post, smiled at the big book thumper reference, we have a few similar here, myself included. I never knew where the think think think saying originated, thanks for that nice bit of AA history.
by Brock
Sun Sep 08, 2019 6:53 pm
Forum: Discussions
Topic: Binge drinker
Replies: 6
Views: 184

Re: Binge drinker

Welcome here. Members of AA never like to answer questions of a medical nature, but in this case I think I can give an opinion. You are right that it’s mainly a problem for everyday drinkers, and the danger period generally lasts less than a week anyway, this is in any Google search. So it makes sen...
by Brock
Sun Sep 08, 2019 11:02 am
Forum: For the Newcomer
Topic: Alcohol anxiety
Replies: 5
Views: 140

Re: Alcohol anxiety

Sorry to hear that, we have been there ourselves, and while you might feel ashamed about it now, and I did for years, I got to understand that it was not my fault, can’t be ashamed about something we can’t control, and alcoholism is a disease. I see you joined us here a good while ago, and I don’t k...
by Brock
Sat Sep 07, 2019 11:29 am
Forum: For the Newcomer
Topic: Working with a newcomer
Replies: 4
Views: 163

Re: Working with a newcomer

Thanks for the topic. I find what we do here, most often involves advising people who think they may have a problem, and are really potential newcomers. Hopefully we write from the heart, and have the desired effect. Then there are others who start meetings and still need encouragement, and it is a ...