Rebel without a Clause


Here at The Point we love stories that carry the message. We are growing as a vehicle for local voices in recovery. Bill W. called practicing alcoholics rebellious nonconformists. Fortunately, our character defects become our greatest strengths once we bring them into balance.

The ideal is no longer a dream

For our March issue, an anonymous writer feels safe enough to try Step 3 after hearing a variety of possible approaches in the rooms. Rick R. finds a simple program to turn personality liabilities into assets. “Bankrupt idealist that he has been, his ideal is no longer a dream,” as Bill W. once wrote for The Grapevine.

What could be more idealistic than giving it away to keep it? A.A. actively welcomes anyone who walks in the door. Claire A. underscores how alcoholics who fall down repeatedly are still welcomed back into the rooms. And Henry Y.’s unpredictable process becomes easier when he remembers to let go of resentment.

John W. describes those of us who preferred our Comfort in the Southern variety, who could be drowning in “Yes, buts” before letting ourselves be hauled out of the drink. Carla H. finds Step 3 igniting a gentle internal flame—a far cry from the burn of 80-proof booze going down, and without the consequences. We tell our stories, struggle with syntax and photo credits, and hope to show A.A.’s way of life “has its advantages for all” (Alcoholics Anonymous, foreword to the first edition).

—Michelle G.

Photos courtesy of Unsplash

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