In the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous chapter entitled The Doctor’s Opinion, alcoholics are described as having an allergy that sets off a “phenomenon of craving” when alcohol is ingested. Alcoholics also succumb to or are subject to, obsession, strange mental twists and blank spots around drinking that at times baffle even the most learned. causing willpower to disappear. Leading to having little control over the amount of alcohol they take. These mental twists lead to the taking of the first drink, kicking off the above mentioned phenomena of craving and are the peculiar characteristics of those who are “real alcoholics” This is in large part what separates the alcoholic from the heavy or casual drinker.
Since the writing of the A.A. big book, it has been widely accepted that this thinking that precedes a drink is not exclusive to alcohol, but extends to many other substances where this thinking leads to drinking, or engaging in the behaviors we are powerless over.
If this applies to you and you are at a crossroads, be encouraged. If you’ve attempted to control yourself and are unable to stop whatever it is that holds you in bondage, you may feel destined to a path of ruin. The solution to your problem is at hand.
The psychic change required to overcome addiction and brokenness is closer than you think. The forward to all editions of the A.A. Big Book states. “We are more than one hundred men and women who have RECOVERED from a seemingly hopeless state of mind and body.” Today we at Came to Believe Recovery say that we are thousands of men and women who have come to recognize the mental twists and replace them with a program. We, too, have RECOVERED.
We are also hundreds of men and women who volunteer their skills and experience to organize retreats and meetings. We share successes and focus on the original process of going through the 12 Steps in a profound way and manner in which we were taught and experienced them.
Overcoming the spiritual malady that pervades our character and fuels the mental twists is essential if you wish to recover, as we have. The program of action outlined in the 12 Steps – if followed thoroughly and painstakingly – WILL RESULT IN THE OVERCOMING OF THE SPIRITUAL MALADY which will lead to freedom…