I use this DS group for my alcoholism. I do not go to AA. It was not a good fit for me. I managed to attain sobriety using this group. I don’t like live face to face groups. I tried AA, Life Ring, and a secular group at my Medical Clinic. DS works for me. I ignore posts that are about the 12 steps.
I also use the journal feature here. My journal can only be accessed by is those, who are friends here on DS. We comment on each other journals. It’s like a subgroup, where we get more intimate. It’s similar to those who going to live meetings going out to the Café with friends after meeting to discuss more personal items.
I advise newcomers to befriend other newcomers. Using the Journals, you can develop a comradeship with those like you, who are struggling.
It is easy to do. Click on a name. It will take you to their profile page. Then click on add a friend. This sends a message to him or her. They can accept the request or deny it.
Very important in my experience to remember all of AA's steps are suggestions. In the meetings I hear "you have to do them" or "It won't work if you do", but if I truly humble, I know, AA and I as an AA member, do not have a monopoly on recovery, AA says it in their literature, and it is dangerous to see it as the only way. However, if you are content with the AA message, and do not see AA as...
If only God would let the rest of the world know, that would be fantastic. So the question is, is it necessary for the world to know I cannot drink? For years I have been dishonest, with all my providers, about the severity of my not drinking. I had a bad experience years ago where I told a professor I was an alcoholic and she never quite wanted to be as helpful as she was towards me on the...