March 17 - By their decisions your religions have created lasting, indelible impressions. By their decisions your societies have produced their self-portraits, too. Are you pleased with these pictures? Are these the impressions you wish to make? Meditations from "Conversations with God - Book 1" page 154
Hi you bunch of blogging alkies. Happy St. Patrick's Day to you. This is my 18th sober St. Patrick's Day. Of course back in the day everyday was a reason of some other to drink. I am so thankful for the program of Alcoholics Anonymous that I have lived with since Jan 20, 1992. I pray on a daily basis for God to help me stay sober today and I end the day with a prayer of thanks for one more day of sobriety.
The program is very simple, follow the suggestions of the first 164 pages of the book Alcoholics Anonymous. I am and always have been amazed at the crap that I hear in meetings and read on some blogs about this and that being the way to stay sober in AA, yet if you read the first 164, you will not find some of this babbling crap in the book. I am talking about prescription drugs that are prescribed by a responsible physician. You can read the big book frontwards, backwards, up-side down, and right side up and you will not find a reference to taking prescription drugs as prescribed. One would not be taken to task for taking blood pressure meds, diabetes medicine, etc. But drugs for major depression, bi-polar conditions, anxiety and panic attacks and some of those self appointed GURUs of AA still are spouting that if you take these you are not sober.
GURUs please stop spouting this bullshit. I wish there was a record of the people with legitimate mental problems that have stopped their meds and have died or have had to go back to an institution because of being told by these GURUs that they are not sober because they are taking - HORRORs - psych drugs. That have been told that if it affects you above the throat, it is off limits. Thank God the heart, pancreas, liver, and other organs are not in the head. We would have a lot of people on the wrong side of the ground because of these so called GURUs and the crap they espouse.
I know of what I speak due to personal experience. At 3 years sober, I attended an AA convention in Los Angeles and took in a workshop about meds and AA. The woman that was the facilitator talked about mental drugs and pain pills. That anything stronger than an aspirin was against AA and sobriety. This was a woman that I had heard in meetings and whom I held in high esteem. So what did I do. I followed the advice of this lady with absolutely no medical background and stopped taking my meds. I damned near died. I wanted to kill myself again. Station KFUK was making sense again, and I was a mess. My regular doctor was quite concerned and I told him what I was doing. Needless to say, I went back on my meds and sanity, sanity I say, returned to my life. I did not need to change my sobriety date. My sponsor also was not very happy with me.
So to those of you who do not have mental illnesses, going through surgery, or what ever the legitimate reason for taking prescribed drugs as prescribed, please shut the fuck up. It is the so called self appointed GURUs such as you that are killing us. So give it a REST.
Tonight I am grateful for:
- God, my Higher Power
- My Sobriety
- Mamie my OCD schnauzer
- My sponsor.
- The program of Alcoholics Anonymous as suggested in the first 164 pages of the BB.
- That I can now wait 24 hours after getting pissed off to rant about something that pisses me off.
- Friends like Daave, Scott W. and Pam
- All y'all.
Y'all be pretty now, ya heah.