|2 years ago :: Jul 11, 2011 - 4:25PM #1|
A Beautiful Tribute to GOD, AA & To Bill Wilson
We died of pneumonia in furnished rooms where they found us three days later when somebody complained about the smell.
We also died against bridge abutments and nobody knew if it was suicide and we probably didn't know either except in the sense that it was always
We died in hospitals, our stomachs huge, distended and there was nothing
they could do.
We died in cells, never knowing whether we were guilty or not. We went to
priests, they gave us pledges, they told us to pray, they told us to go and
sin no more, but go. We tried and we died.
We died of overdoses, we died in bed (but usually not the Big Bed).We died in straitjackets, in the DT's seeing God knows what, creeping, skittering, slithering, shuffling things. And you know what the worst thing was? The worst thing was that nobody ever believed how hard we tried. We went to doctors and they gave us stuff to take that would make us sick when we drank on the principle of "so crazy, it just might work," I guess, or maybe they just shook their heads and sent us to places like Drop kick Murphy's.
And when we got out we were hooked on paraldehyde or maybe we lied to the doctors and they told us not to drink so much, just drink like me. And we
tried, and we died.
We drowned in our own vomit or choked on it, our broken jaws wired shut.
We died playing Russian roulette and people thought we'd lost, but we knew
better. We died under the hoofs of horses, under the wheels of vehicles,
under the knives and boot heels of our brother drunks. We died in shame. And you know what was even worse was that we couldn't believe it ourselves, that we had tried. We figured we just thought we tried and we died believing that we hadn't tried, believing that we didn't know what it meant to try. When we were desperate enough or hopeful or deluded or embattled enough to go for help, we went to people with letters after their names and prayed that they might have read the right books, that had the right words in them, never suspecting the terrifying truth, that the right words, as simple as they were, had not been written yet.
We died falling off girders on high buildings, because of course ironworkers
drink, of course they do. We died with a shotgun in our mouth, or jumping
off a bridge, and everybody knew it was suicide.
We died under the Southeast Expressway, with our hands tied behind us and a bullet in the back of our head, because this time the people that we
disappointed were the wrong people.
We died in convulsions, or of "insult to the brain," we died incontinent,
and in disgrace, abandoned.
If we were women, we died degraded, because women have so much more to live up to. We tried and we died and nobody cried.
And the very worst thing was that for every one of us that died, there were
another hundred of us, or another thousand, who wished that we could die,
who went to sleep praying we would not have to wake up because what we were enduring was intolerable and we knew in our hearts it wasn't ever gonna change.
One day in a hospital room in New York City , one of us had what the books
call a transforming spiritual experience, and he said to himself "I've got
it" (no, you haven't, you've only got part of it) "and I have to share it."
(now you've ALMOST got it) and he kept trying to give it away, but we
couldn't hear it. We tried and we died.
We died of one last cigarette, the comfort of its glowing in the dark. We
passed out and the bed caught fire. They said we suffocated before our body burned, they said we never felt a thing, that was the best way maybe that we died, except sometimes we took our family with us.
And the man in New York was so sure he had it, he tried to love us into
sobriety, but that didn't work either, love confuses drunks and he tried and
we still died.
One after another we got his hopes up and we broke his heart, because that's what we do. And the worst thing was that every time we thought we knew what the worst thing was something happened that was worse. Until a day came in a hotel lobby and it wasn't in Rome , or Jerusalem , or Mecca or even Dublin , or South Boston, it was in Akron , Ohio , for Christ's sake.
A day came when the man said I have to find a drunk because I need him as much as he needs me (NOW you've got it).And the transmission line, after all those years, was open, the transmission line was open. And now we don't go to priests, and we don't go to doctors and people with letters after their names.
We come to people who have been there, we come to each other. And we try. And we don't have to die.
Welcome to AA !!!!!!
And all other 12 Step Programs which have grown from the original one.
|2 years ago :: Jul 11, 2011 - 4:33PM #2|
My only son is a recovering alcoholic. It took 3 DUIs to get him sober and a stay at SAFP (TX state rehab), but he has it for today.
Mind Monkey is what he calls his dis-ease and he wrote a paper about his life a while back and I wish to share with you today.
There’s a monkey that is caged in a section of my mind. This mind monkey is part of a three-fold disease that I bare. It is a disease of the mind, body, and soul that can be applied to anyone that deals with addiction. While there are many substances that one can become addicted to, alcohol was my poison of choice. This burden, if not kept in check, can have unseen consequences for more than just myself. I’m not alone in this matter.
Continued at link here at Beliefnet. My son reached his 5th anniversary sober in March 2011.
Is there a monkey in your mind, instead of a monkey on your back?
|2 years ago :: Jul 11, 2011 - 4:48PM #3|
My son mentions his biological father was killed after drinking. What we know is he fell asleep at the while driving home late and had a head on collision with an 18 wheeler. I was expecting my third child when this occurred.
I remarried and my fourth child made this video for the man only one of her siblings has a memory of. In the video you will see the toe hair boy who became the man with the mind money, his older sister and the baby who her daddy never even saw. You will see me and my husband who helped raise not only his child, but all the children who call him Daddy.
|2 years ago :: Jul 12, 2011 - 6:58PM #4|
Thank you so much Stardove for sharing the previous 3 post. You gave a great tribute to you family and I'm sure anyone who read your postings as well ...
Very touching and well done ...
The sciences of this world are droplets of reality; if then they lead not to reality, what fruit can come of illusion? By the one true God! If learning be not a means of access to Him, the Most Manifest, it is nothing but evident loss. (Baha'i Faith) As to life's problems Einstein said it well - we can't solve a problem using the same consciousness that created it ...
|2 years ago :: Jul 12, 2011 - 9:36PM #5|
You are most welcome and thanks for your kind words.
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I decided to share some of my experiences and hope. Mental health is the field I've worked and volunteered in for the last decade. So many times people with a mental illness have a dual diagnosis (mental illness and addiction issues). In my family there is both, so recovery is thankfully a way of life today.