im new to this group, well im new to DS, but not new sobriety, im 20mths sober, i was diagnosed with cirrhosis on 26 sep 06 so for me to carry on drinking would obviously have been suicide. i recieved out patient counselling from the hospital i was in. After about 12 months i thought i would go to AA to try to make friends. I attended 10 meetings & left everyone scratching my head. Im from the uk & i got chatting to an irish chap, & when i told him i got sober on my own, after 1 meeting he followed me outside & told me " it might not be a good idea to not go back" i did go back but got a somewhat frosty reception. The meetings i went to were about 20 to 30 strong & i really felt like an outsider. For me if you get sober you get respect and a pat on the back, not frowned upon because you didn't do it there way.For me if you have been permanantly drunk for 25 years then you sober up your obviously going to have spiritual awakenigs because the world has changed but you haven't you have been a prisoner to your substance. Just my opinion.....
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