by Bill C. Prior to coming to Alcoholics Anonymous, I had no honest insight or clarity concerning my self-destructive behaviours. My relationship with the world had been distorted and somewhat delusional. Little or no meaningful personal relationships or true friendships with my family, and many regrets, kept me apart from instead of a part of. … Continued
by Justine Decker When we are actively drinking and using, we tend to make associates rather than friends. The people we surrounded ourselves with typically had something to offer us, or they felt we had something to offer them. When we got together, it was primarily to drink or use; otherwise we had little in … Continued
What causes addiction? Easy, right? Drugs cause addiction. But maybe it is not that simple. “Human beings have an innate need to bond and connect. When we are happy and healthy, we will bond with the people around us. But when we can’t, because we’re traumatized, isolated, or beaten down by life, we will bond … Continued
Through all of my drinking days, I never got enough. Not enough attention, not enough love, not enough understanding – not enough of anything. I always wanted more. More of what, I couldn’t have told you at the time. I didn’t even know that this was my story, because I was stuck in it – but my story it was until I found recovery.
At an AA meeting, you hear people tell their stories. These are often stories of great dereliction culminating in hope and gratitude. In group and individual sessions, patients talk about their hopes, dreams, and fears. Why is telling “The Story” so important?
“The poets say that this world is not made of atoms; it is made of stories … Sometimes in a world that is changing so rapidly the only security is in finding the elements of one’s own story and understanding the world through the story that brought each one of us here.”
Storyteller and mythologist Michael Meade on the meaning of stories in our lives.