These are some powerful truths from this chapter:
“Our very lives, as ex-problem drinkers, depend upon our constant thought of others, and how we may help meet their needs.”
“…… We have recovered from a hopeless condition of mind and body.”
“The great fact is just this, and nothing less: That we have had deep and effective spiritual experiences which have revolutionized our whole attitude toward life, toward our fellows and toward God’s universe.”
“The central fact of our lives today is the absolute certainty that our Creator has entered into our hearts and lives in a way which is indeed miraculous. He has commenced to accomplish those things for us which we could never do by ourselves.”
And so we came to the ultimate alcoholic crossroads (all addicts are included). The Big Book states it well, “…… we had but two alternatives: One was to go on to the bitter end, blotting out the consciousness of our intolerable situation as best we could; and the other, to accept spiritual help.”
“….. alcoholics can have vital spiritual experiences. They appear to be in the nature of huge emotional displacements and rearrangements. Ideas, emotions, and attitudes which were once the guiding forces of the lives of these men are suddenly cast to one side, and a completely new set of conceptions and motives begin to dominate them.”
“We know that no real alcoholic ever recovers control…… We are convinced that alcoholics of our type are in the grip of a progressive illness. Over any considerable period we get worse, never better.”
“The fact is the most alcoholics, for reasons yet obscure, have lost the power of choice in drink. Our so-called will power becomes practically nonexistent. We are unable, at certain times, to bring into our consciousness with sufficient force the memory of the suffering and humiliation of even a week or a month ago. We are without defense against the first drink.”
“…. Any alcoholic capable of honestly facing his problems in the light of our experience can recover, provided he does not close his mind to all spiritual concepts. He can only be defeated by an attitude of intolerance or belligerent denial. We find that no one need have difficulty with the spirituality of the program. Willingness, honesty and open mindedness are the essentials of recovery. But these are indispensable.”
“Recovery begins when one alcoholic talks with another alcoholic, sharing their experience, strength and hope.”
The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous is a treasure for any alcoholic and any addict of any kind.
Read it for wisdom, read it for healing, read it to know the mind of the alcoholic or addict! Read it for hope. Read it so you can help others!
You can recover from addiction. Millions of us have experienced this miracle!