Step Two - You Don't Have To Be Crazy Any More!
After completing step one, members of Alcoholics Anonymous move immediately into the second step. They work with their sponsor to understand 1)how their behavior was insane, 2) that they could not fix it themselves, and 3) a power does exist that can change their behavior.
Step Two - Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
This step can be broken down into three separate pieces.
Quit Drinking By Yourself...If you Can!
Alcohol is sneaky! For years I enjoyed drinking. Then one day I realized it had become a problem for me. I can't pinpoint the day when I transitioned from "normal" to "alcoholic" drinker.
To be sure...I was surprised to find that I was thinking of myself as a problem drinker. I was even more surprised to find that I couldn't control my drinking. I tried all the tricks...switching from liquor to beer. Only drinking on weekends seemed like a good idea, but the weekend stretched back from Saturday to Friday to Thursday. None of these tricks worked.
Finally, I decided to quit on my own. The term "dry drunk" described me perfectly. Rage ruled my life and I was miserable.
After countless battles with booze I had to admit defeat. Alcohol was simply too tough for me beat on my own.
The Insanity of Daily Drinking
When I was actively drinking my behavior was totally and utterly...insane!
I got drunk at night, often getting into arguments or embarrassing myself in public. I went to bed late and woke up for work the next morning feeling terrible. Work would be torture because of a raging hangover. I snapped at my colleagues and spent more time nursing my aching head than doing my work.
I would curse myself, feeling guilty about my behavior, knowing that I was destined to repeat everything the following day. Even as I drank the first beer of the evening I shook my head in disgust.
Any sane person would endure only one such painful day. I drank because of an uncontrollable compulsion.
Being Restored to Sanity
Having tried everything else, I was forced to get creative. In a moment of desperation I cried out to God, begging for relief. No shimmering angels appeared, but I felt a momentary peace that filled me with hope. Everything was going to alright! Asking for the obsession for drink to be lifted, I received the relief I needed.
My Alcoholics Anonymous sponsor taught me that step two means that I don't have to face my problems alone. Instead, I can turn to other members of the group and to a God of my understanding.
If You Want To Quit Drinking Or Drugging, What Should You Do?
Here's a question for you:
"What's the difference between people who successfully quit drinking and those who just dream about quitting?"
The difference is DOING SOMETHING!
Successful people see a problem and decide to do something about it. Dreamers just…well dream about doing something.
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