I'm not sure if any of the behaviors suggested by the slogans comes naturally and reflexively to alcoholics. I thought that was why they came up with a slogan for them! Arent slogans kind of a reminder, so that certain mental responses become more automatic, rather than the result of long deliberation based on how I happen to feel that day or the situation I'm in? If not, why do slogans even exist, and who started it?avaneesh912 wrote: ↑Fri Nov 15, 2019 8:20 pm
Sounds very handy, but the alcoholic can't/wont think through. Thats what we are trying to debunk. The alcoholic mind goes through a freeze or most of the time deliberates but eventually the drinking thought overrides all other thoughts. This is true powerlessness. Unfortunately these messages are propagated by people who dont dig into the material laid out in the big book.
You ever read the parargraph on page 24 in italics? Pick up the book and read it or re read it.
Telling some one to "think it through" is more or less saying their step one is not on firm ground, that some small doubt may have quietly lingered about whether they can ever drink again.
Folks with long time sobriety might take step one for granted, but for new comers, it's not always a sudden and irreversible epiphany.