As Another Bill Sees it, Musings….

Bill CarrickAs Another Bill Sees It, Recovery

Sobriety for an alcoholic or addict is not possible without healthy connections. Trust is a two-way street. We expect the person suffering from an addictive disease to be upfront about their use, to be truthful. We rarely ask ourselves, why should this person trust us to tell the truth? I believe most clients suffering from an active addictive disease have learned not to trust. I’m not saying it’s sensible, I’m just saying that’s the way it is. Vigilance is a word most often used in the context of recovery. “We have to be vigilant because a drink or a drug … Read More

As Another Bill Sees it: Slips / Relapses

Bill CarrickAs Another Bill Sees It

It is rare for an alcoholic or drug abuser to maintain sobriety the first time they make the attempt. Bill Wilson speaks about this in the following quote. “”About this slip business — I would not be too discouraged. I think you are suffering a great deal from a needless guilt. For some reason or other, the Lord has laid out tougher paths for some of us, and I guess you are treading one of them. God is not asking us to be successful. He is only asking us to try to be. That, you surely are doing, and have … Read More

As Another Bill Sees It: God and Recovery

Bill CarrickAs Another Bill Sees It, Recovery

A passage in the book, “As Bill Sees it”, is attributed to him stating “When we look back, we realize that the things which came to us when we put ourselves in God’s hands were better than anything we could have planned.” God talk often scares away a person suffering from alcohol dependence. God talk also can contribute to the notion that AA is a cult. I don’t believe AA is a cult, but I do believe, that at many meetings, there is an excessive amount of God talk. I also believe Bill W was definitely onto something in his … Read More

Rules of Alcoholics Anonymous

Bill CarrickAs Another Bill Sees It, Recovery

Rules of Alcoholics Anonymous: What are the rules of Alcoholics Anonymous or AA? And while we’er at it, what are the rules of EHD?  Alcoholics Anonymous does not have rules. They have guidelines. Thank God (or whoever you prefer) for the decision not to set up rules for this self-help program. Speaking personally, I would have never engaged in a self help program, or made it in AA if there were rules. I have heard a lot of other members say the same thing. Rules of Alcoholics Anonymous: Well maybe one rule: The only requirement for AA membership is a … Read More