February 14, 2006

Sick and We Didn't Know It

We remember we have an incurable, potentially fatal ailment called alcoholism. And instead of persisting in drinking, we prefer to figure out, and use, enjoyable ways of living without alcohol. It is no disgrace.

No one knows exactly why some people become alcoholics while others don't. It is not their fault. We did not want to become alcoholics. We did not try to get this illness...We did not deliberately, maliciously, set out to do the things we were later ashamed of. We did them against our better judgment and instinct because we were really sick and didn't even know it.

c. 1998, AAWS, Living Sober, pp. 9-10
AA Thought for the Day (courtesy AAOnline.net)

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