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3 Comments to Contact Us

  • Hi,

    I have been reading your blog on and off for the past 2 years. I thought that it would be right to contact you.

    I am the type of alcoholic that you are referring to in your blog posts.
    I started drinking when I was 14 and ended up in AA at 23.
    I haven’t drank since my first meeting, which is 2.5 years ago now.
    I am still attending AA meetings, although I don’t always find it easy.

    I have received similar information to what you suggest on your posts from the people I came across in AA.

    By posting, I just want to let you know that your posts have helped me pull my thinking back on track on numerous occasions when I felt like I was after joining a nut house cult. And it is also good to know that there are other similar people out there.

    It’s good to see that you have been more active recently.
    Thanks

  • Hi D, Thank you ever so much for your positive feedback. It’s really appreciated that you have taken the time to comment and certainly is ‘right’. I’m pleased you have come across some people in AA who are talking sense.

    And it’s good to know the posts here are helping someone, it really is D thanks. I heard some time ago now that there’s a group in the UK that like the posts. Mainly it helps then when their OSM’s are away on holidays, etc. Haha! One OSM from the group has commented here but not for a while.

    2 years sober – I recall at 2 years sober the OSM’s said it’s a time to be careful. They explained that it’s a time when more things are coming into our life and we can make the mistake of thinking that we can drop off the meetings a bit – but no, it’s the opposite, this is a time to step them up.

    If you have changes in your life around 2 years, and 4 years is another time, to step the meetings up to keep up with your mental improvement by telling your story from the floor of, what it was like, what happen, and what it’s like now. Do no more then one meeting a day though. Unless you’re not working during the day then do a lunchtime meeting as well. The night meeting are the most important though.

    Treat AA like a mini world – of what’s outside of AA. They said to us in the early days that if we can learn to handle ourselves in AA then the outside world is a piece of cake. That’s what we are aiming for. It’s not easy though, I know, because there is so little sobriety there now and is the reason for this blog.

    Bit more advice too, If you hear someone from the floor who you think is like you, go have a talk to them after the meeting. Especially if they are more sober then you. People can say anything from the floor. It’s how they talk to you after the meeting that is important. If they can hold a conversation with you that is positive then that’s good. Don’t let them unload their negativity or problems onto you though. Just excuse yourself and say you have to go to the toilet and get away from them. Also remember that someone (like you) who is less sober then you will get the benefits of what you have to say. So if you talk to them, you do the talking. Someone like you, more sober, is expected they will do most of the talking. That’s just how it goes. Good luck D. I hope you keep in tough. your Welcome 🙂

  • Hi, thanks very much for your response and for the advice!

    At the two year period I very nearly went off track, even though this had been said to me numerous times. I was told to “watch out for the humps”. Luckily I stuck about and I’m on track today. I realise now that for someone like me, staying away from my past is very important.

    I’m also getting stronger in the meetings. Like you said, if you can handle them in AA then you can handle them anywhere.

    A simple little check list was passed onto me by an OSM. It thought it might be useful to somebody who might reads this:

    1. Don’t pick up the first drink, no matter what!
    2. Attend regular meetings.
    3. Keep it simple.
    4. Put your sobriety first.
    5. Stay out of the old environment.
    6. Live on day at a time, in the here and now.
    7. Think positive.
    8. Do the best you can with what is available to you.

    It’s been very helpful for me.

    There are not many sticking about in AA like me, but I do keep my ears open for them.

    Anyway, thanks very much for taking the time to share all this content. I’ll be regularly checking back. 🙂
    Take care and all the best,
    D

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