Below are some of the tools I use to keep sober. Click the link and see if you can identify, maybe someone can be helped. 


Some Slogans That I use

First Things First - Learning to organize and not try to do everything at once
One Day at a Time - and sometimes less than that!
KISS - Keep it simple stupid, I find that I am using this slogan with the web page construction.
Easy does it - For me I add BUT DO IT
Not Yet -
Remembering what could happen

I use the following prayer daily and the slogan

Let Go Let God

The Serenity Prayer

GOD, grant me the Serenity to accept the things

I cannot change

Courage to change the things I can and the

Wisdom to know the difference.


Enjoying one moment at a time;

Accepting hardship as the pathway to peace.

Taking, as He did, this sinful world as it is,not as I would have it.

Trusting that He will make all things right if I surrender to His Will;

That I may be reasonably happy in this life,

and supremely happy with Him forever in the next.


By Reinhold Neibuhr


THE TWELVE STEPS as a Way of Life

Step One

We admitted we were powerless over alcohol—that our lives had become unmanageable."


Step two


"Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity."


Step Three


"Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him."


Step Four


"Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves."


Step Five


"Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being, the exact nature of our wrongs."


Step Six


"Were entirety ready to have God remove all these defects of character."


Step Seven "


Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings."


Step Eight


"Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and. became willing to make amends to them all."


Step Nine


"Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others."


Step Ten


"Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it."


Step Eleven


"Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out."


Step Twelve


"Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs."




"... we discover that no situation is really hopeless, and that it is possible for us to find contentment, and even happiness, whether the alcoholic is still drinking or not."

The first time a friend or family member of an alcoholic hears these words -- read at the opening of virtually every Al-Anon meeting --they seem too good to be true.

For many who have spent years living with the progressive disease of alcoholism and tried everything possible to keep the situation from growing worse, the thought that finding happiness while the drinking continues seems inconceivable.

Chances are happiness seems like an unrealistic goal, something that only make-believe families on television shows have.

For the alcoholic family reality can become one crisis after another. Pain, heartache, agony, stress, pressure, and emotional turmoil, we've got -- but happiness?
But those who hang around Al-Anon long enough find out that the opening statement can become reality in their own lives and in their own homes. One of the keys to that reality is detachment.

Neither Kind, Nor Unkind
As the literature says, "Detachment is neither kind nor unkind. It does not imply judgement or condemnation of the person or situation from which we are detaching. It is simply a means that allows us to separate ourselves from the adverse effects that another person's alcoholism can have upon our lives.
Many times the family members find that they have become just as obsessed -- and perhaps even more -- with the alcoholic's behavior than the alcoholic is with the drink. The Al-Anon program teaches us to "put the focus on ourselves" and not on the alcoholic, or anyone else.

If we put the focus on ourselves, we will no longer be in the position to:

Suffer because of the actions and reaction of others.
Allow us to be used or abused by others.
Do for others what they could do for themselves.
Manipulate situations so others will eat, sleep, get up, pay bills and not drink.
Cover up for anyone's mistakes or misdeeds.
Create a crisis.
Prevent a crisis if it is the natural course of events.

But what about the alcoholic? What happens if I stop doing all of these things that I have done all these years to "help?"
Has it helped? Al-Anon members learn that no individual is responsible for another person's disease or recovery from it. The simple answer to what to do about the alcoholic: "Let go, and let God."

As they say in the program, "It's simple, but it ain't easy." But you do not have to do it alone. There is probably an Al-Anon Family Group meeting nearby where you will find people who understand as few others can. They have been there, and by sharing their experience, strength and hope, help others to find their own path to serenity.



A Personal Story



Some Useful Links


National Institute of Alcohol Abuse
Alcoholics Anonymous Support for Friends and Families
Al-Anon-Alateen Children of Alcoholics Foundation
Getting Them Sober Information for Families
  Adult Children Anonymous



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