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January 05, 2010


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Sometime, it's easy to lose that message. I love first step meetings, especially when a first-timer is present.


That is a great reminder and it is often all we can do for today. I'm going to remember that the mess some days has to sort its own self without me. Thank you!

Skip O

I am powerless over alcohol. My life has a new manager.


Where in the book is the part about "jails, institutions and death?"

I can't find it, though I hear it repeated in meetings all of the time.

By the way, we have a link to your blog from our blog!


By the way, I read about this woman a few days ago and was shaken by the fact that we have the same (first) name.

I used to take enormous pride in being able to drink the men under the table (Scots ancestory probably), and now that I am sober I see what a deadly trap that thinking was.

I see this other Marguerite, and instead of thinking "I'm not like her," I think "There but for the grace of God, go I."


Thanks for the post.
I knew at a younger age I wasn't able to drink a lot and would pretend...be fake. Later I learned I could drink a lot more than I ever imagined. What a man...vomiting, jail, near death.
Sobriety...my life...is much better now!


Very well written and explained. I like the way you write the blog. Thanks for sharing and keep posting more like this.


You are wrong Mr. Sponsorpants! The phrase, "jails, institutions, or death" is used nowhere in AA literature... It comes from NA's basic text.

"Most of us do not have to think twice about this question.
we know! Our whole life and thinking was centered in drugs
in one form or another—the getting and using and finding
ways and means to get more. We lived to use and used to
live. Very simply, an addict is a man or woman whose life is
controlled by drugs. We are people in the grip of a continuing
and progressive illness whose ends are always the same: jails,
institutions and death." ~NA Basic Text, Who is an Addict?, Page 3


no kidding! Mr. Sponsorpants needs to get a better sponsor, or at least read the literature he's supposedly quoting.

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