Sobriety is not a miracle; it is a decision. If you want to stop drinking, you can quit right now and you know it. So pick time, like now, or tomorrow morning. Accept that you are in control of your own drinking and drugging and that you have been in control all along.-Jack Trimpey

Rational ideas for recovery

    1. I admit that I have become chemically dependent, and the consequences of that dependency are unacceptable.
    2. I accept that, in order to get better, I will have to refrain from any use of alcohol, because any use will very likely lead to more, and then a return to my previous addiction.
    3. I accept that I will likely benefit from some outside help in accomplishing this, because I have been unsuccessful in previous attempts to resist my desire to drink.
    4. Although I may have serious personal problems, I still have the capacity to learn about myself, new ideas, and how to achieve a durable and meaningful sobriety.
    5. The idea that I need something greater that myself upon which to rely is only another dependency idea, and dependency is my original problem.
    6. I surrender all ideas of perfection, for myself and others, and my first goal is to learn to accept myself as I am, a fallible, yet very worthwhile, human being.
    7. I place a high value on the principles of rationality, learning, objectivity, self-forgiveness, and on my own self-interest.
    8. Recognizing that there is much more to life than a constant struggle to remain sober, and having gained a reasonable expectation that I can live a meaningful life without alcohol or drugs, I will gradually separate myself from my group or therapist, with the understanding that I may return any time I that I wish.
    9. I accept that there is no perfect solutions to life’s problems, and that life is part of a matter of probability and chance, so therefore I am willing to take risks to achieve self-defined goals.
    10. Now certain of my inherent worth, I can take the risks of loving, for loving is far better the being loved.
    11. With the passage of time, I will find that refraining from mind-altering drugs is no big thing because they have little intrinsic appeal to a physically and mentally person.
    12. In addition to addictive substances, I also choose to give up ideas of guilt, blame, and worthlessness as a matter of principle and because they are inappropriate emotions for adult.
      Step 1: We made a fearless evaluation of our most personal beliefs and chose the recovery program that made the most sense.-Rational recovery book

Is alcoholism a disease?

There is bitter debate over this question, as if the answer would have great importance to those who drink too much. Alas, it doesn’t matter, because the solution is the same. If alcoholism is a disease and you have a drinking problem, you will become progressively more sick unless you stop drinking. But if alcoholism isn’t a disease, and you are having persistent problems related to drinking, you had also better learn to abstain. Abstinence is simply the final stage in ones effort to moderate, when it becomes easier to quit for good than to moderate. Abstinence is also commonplace thing that human beings have been achieving for millennia without the assistance of Alcoholics anonymous or any other recovery program. In RR, we know that either way, disease or not, we are not powerless.

References: The Small Book: A revolutionary alternative for overcoming alcohol and drug dependence
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