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The Big Book says, “Rarely have we seen a person fail who has thoroughly followed our

path.  Those who do not recover are people who cannot or will not completely give

themselves to this simple program, usually men and women who are constitutionally

incapable of being honest with themselves.  If you have decided that you want what we

have and are willing to go to any length to get it—then you are ready to take certain

steps.”  The book then goes into a detailed description of the 12 steps of recovery, which

have saved the lives of so many alcoholics and addicts worldwide.

 

The book goes on to identify the cause of our troubles:  “Selfishness—self-centeredness!

That, we think, is the root of our troubles…… Above everything, we alcoholics must

rid ourselves of this selfishness.  We must, or it kills us!  ….. We had to have God’s help,”

 

So there it is.  Selfishness and self-centeredness are the cause of our problems and God

is the solution.  The book continues, “We have recovered from a hopeless condition of

mind and body.”  Alcoholics and addicts are living in a raging fire, that cannot be

extinquished by their own talents or strength.

 

The answer is to find a power greater than themselves, to show them the way to sobriety,

sanity and peace.  The Big Book says 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; the other, to accept spiritual help.”  The Big Book describes alcoholism as

a progressive and terminal disease that has two distinctive and deadly elements:

 

the mental obsession and the physical craving.  Add to this, the phenomenon of denial,

and you have the perfect recipe for destroying a person’s life.

 

Millions of alcoholics and addicts have recovered from the disease of addiction, thanks

to the 12 steps of recovery and faith in God.  The “anonymous” recovery groups like

Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, Cocaine Anonymous, Over-eaters

Anonymous and many more, have traditionally presented “God” as a nameless God in

order to keep the gateway to recovery open to people of all faiths or no faith.

 

My story and my experience is that Jesus Christ saved my life and He took me from

homelessness, living outside on the streets with an addiction to chemicals that was

killing me, to a peaceful life with a loving wife and a beautiful home.  I am a walking,

talking miracle, and I owe my life to Jesus.

 

If you want to get and stay sober, and you are willing to go to any length to get it, then

you will experience the miracle of sobriety and peace.  Together we get sober and stay

sober, alone we use chemicals and destroy our lives.  Surround yourself with sober

people who are working the 12 steps under the guidance of a sponsor, and you will have

a new family that knows who you are, and who are willing to guide you to freedom.

Peace and Blessings to you!

 

About The Author

Robert J. Allison lives in Saint Paul, Minnesota with his wife Rochelle Allison. Robert survived a 28-year battle with chemical dependency, including 13 chemical dependency treatment centers and homelessness. He surrendered his life to Jesus Christ and began his new life of faith and contented sobriety. Robert has been blessed with 18 years of sobriety and with his new freedom he now is helping other addicts to find peace, faith and the priceless gift of sobriety.

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