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During this season which is supposed to be a message of comfort and joy, many of us have neither.
For many of us, we relied on substances to achieve ease and comfort.
Now that we no longer have these substances in our lives, how do we achieve this sense of ease and comfort?
According to our Big Book, it is imperative that we again regain our sense of ease and comfort.
How we do this will be our topic today, The Sense of Ease and Comfort.
The big book says in the Chapter entitled The Doctor’s Opinion:
Men and women drink essentially because they like the effect produced by alcohol. The sensation is so elusive that, while they admit it is injurious, they cannot after a time differentiate the true from the false. To them, their alcoholic life seems the only normal one. They are restless, irritable and discontented, unless they can again experience the sense of ease and comfort which comes at once by taking a few drinks-drinks which they see others taking with impunity. After they have succumbed to the desire again, as so many do, and the phenomenon of craving develops, they pass through the well-known stages of a spree, emerging remorseful, with a firm resolution not to drink again. This is repeated over and over, and unless this person can experience an entire psychic change there is very little hope of his recovery.
Being Sober During the Holidays
Let’s break this down
What was your reaction the first time you read this?
everyone likes the effect of alcohol
cannot differentiate true from false
alcoholic life seems normal
restless, irritable and discontented
experience ease and comfort
seeing others enjoying drink
How do you recognize you are restless, irritable, and discontented?
How do you regain ease and comfort?
WE HAVE CALLS!
Do you want to take them?
page 47 of the big book
That was great news to us, for we had assumed we could not make use of spiritual principles unless we accepted many things on faith which seemed difficult to believe. When people presented us with spiritual approaches, how frequently did we all say, “I wish I had what that man has. I’m sure it would work if I could only believe as he believes. But I cannot accept as surely true the many articles of faith which are so plain to him.” So it was comforting to learn that we could commence at a simpler level.
what does faith mean to you?
what are spiritual principles to you?
how has other’s faith affected your faith life?
How does simplicity in faith in particular and recovery on general give you comfort?
Is this true for you?
Page 18 of the Big Book
An illness of this sort – and we have come to believe it an illness – involves those about us in a way no other human sickness can. If a person has cancer all are sorry for him and no one is angry or hurt. But not so with the alcoholic illness, for with it there goes annihilation of all the things worth while in life. It engulfs all whose lives touch the sufferer’s. It brings misunderstanding, fierce resentment, financial insecurity, disgusted friends and employers, warped lives of blameless children, sad wives and parents – anyone can increase the list.
We hope this volume will inform and comfort those who are, or who may be affected. There are many.
Alcoholism as illness
having cancer vs. alcoholism. That is stigma
Talk to the newcomer who is worried and anxious about many things. What would you say to give comfort to that person who is suffering?