I am a fully recovered alcoholic. This means that, if I throw God and AA under the bus tomorrow morning, I could be “boiled as an owl” by midnight. This is because I am helpless and hopeless over drink, save for the grace of God and AA. You may think: “What an oxymoron! How can an alcoholic be hopeless and helpless, yet claim to be recovered?”
Well, one happy ingredient of my recovered status is that the thought, “If I should drink…” has not occurred to me for many years—it seems to have been removed from my emotional vocabulary.
For a better, detailed description, here are a few promises from pages 84 & 85 of the Big Book:
Not so fast. There is a prerequisite! “That is how we react so long as we keep in fit spiritual condition.” How do we do that? By living in the spirit of Steps 10, 11 and 12.
Readers unfamiliar with the Big Book might state: “If I were recovered, I’d start drinking again.” This is logical thinking using the normal definition of the word “recovered.”
However, those who have studied the Big Book can easily see the folly in that sort of thinking because they understand the allergy/obsession syndrome. The Big Book uses the recovered word in a special and technical sense that readers can easily understand.
I often use the phrase “release from the mental obsession” at meetings to avoid controversy.
By Bob S.