AA to Z. An Addictionary of the 12-Step Culture by Christopher Cavanaugh PDF

By Christopher Cavanaugh

ISBN-10: 0307758567

ISBN-13: 9780307758569

What does a codependent say to his mate while he wakes up?
"Good morning, how am I?"
--Overheard at a Codependents nameless meeting

Throughout the realm this day, greater than million alcoholics and millions of drug addicts, compulsive overeaters, intercourse addicts, compulsive gamblers, codependents, and different addicts abstain from their habit, having discovered a brand new existence through practising the 12-step software of restoration built by way of Alcoholics nameless. through the years, their practices have developed right into a manner of life--the 12-Step Culture.

"I do not be mindful my first assembly, yet i have been instructed that I talked for a truly lengthy time."
--Mary, a member of Narcotics Anonymous

AA to Z is the 1st e-book to record the richness and variety of the lives of getting better humans and to supply an encyclopedic examine this distinct culture. much less self-help than enlightenment and leisure, AA to Z is constituted of real-life tales of...

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My two favorites were heroin and cocaine, but I was sticking needles in my arm with drugs that I didn’t even know the name of. My friends and I ripped off drugstores, taking the narcotics drawer and sticking syringes in morphine bottles, Demerol bottles, and codeine bottles. I had ten or fifteen holes in my arm—a pretty scary sight. I just loved the feeling and I didn’t really care if I died. There were times when I’d be shooting dope and I’d think, I’m going to die if I shoot this. I’d shoot cocaine ten times in a half hour.

I remembered everything the next morning—the look on Janice’s face, that physical abuse, everyone looking at us and me feeling they were thinking, How can Janice be with this guy? A. meeting. My mother asked me if I had a desire to stop drinking. I said yes, even though I still wasn’t sure. I knew I was out of control. So I went to some meetings. About six weeks later, a friend of mine asked me if I wanted to go with him on a trip down south. A. said that I shouldn’t, but I did anyway. I said I’d be all right, I was only going for about ten days.

He won’t even play games for free food at fast-food restaurants. Marilyn L. From Iowa A member of Al-Anon for 30 years Marilyn struggled in Al-Anon for the first nine years. She had a sponsor who practically had to drag her to the one meeting a month held in her city. In the early years of her recovery she tried to control Ted’s drinking, even going as far as sneaking Antabuse into his food. She experienced years of pain and failure trying to keep Ted sober, but nothing worked. A. and he told her that she had to face the fact that Ted might not ever get sober.

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