The Misinformation about Alcoholics Anonymous and Sobriety by Veronica Valli

So long as we make an active effort to address our spiritual malady every day, we will find relief from it, one day at a time. You are merely instructed to be open to the idea that you are not the end all be all, that there exists out in the universe something that is greater or more powerful than yourself. Whatever you designate that power to be is up to you. However, you choose to interact with that higher power is also up to you.

  • The cognitive dysfunction that precedes relapse is caused by stress.
  • There are many men and women who felt the same way and have been able to overcome the malady by maintaining spiritual fitness and practicing the principles of AA in all of their affairs.
  • Anger responses are modeled and learned in some families.
  • So overall, we truly have no real need for the idea of alcoholism as a “disease” in order to learn and grow along spiritual lines.

I related and all my negative emotions retreated to source like a evening tide on a beach. Sometimes the shame persists for some time and I try to relieve it by behavioral addictions, too much shopping, too much eating, too much objectification of the opposite sex. Instead of acting on my upset by saying to someone, you have hurt my feelings I do the opposite, I react and attack them in my head, my thoughts, my words and sometimes in my actions. However, there seems to be a problem specifically with a patterned mesh of negative emotions which are activated when someone upsets me. When I was doing my step four inventory as part of my 12 step programme of recovery I did it pretty much as suggested in the Big Book. I can manage my spiritual malady or emotional dysfunction, I have the tools to do so.

Blogging The Language of the Heart

It seemed to account for his uncontrolled drinking. Not enough action, or effort to change my feelings in a healthy manner. Unless, we let Go and Let God and ask God to remove these negative emotions/sins/defects of character we end up in a futile increasingly distressed spiral of negative emotions. In Grace we can still experience negative emotions but God allows us to see them for what they are and not react. His Grace takes the distress out of thee negative emotions. I would have found this threatening to my sense of self so I would have reacted via defense mechanisms. I would have strangely blamed this person for making me feel the way I did!

For years he had floundered from one sanitarium to another. He had consulted the best known American psychiatrists. Then he had gone to Europe, placing himself in the care of a celebrated physician (the psychiatrist, Dr. Jung) who prescribed for him.

Understanding What a Spiritual Malady Is

As Bill Wilson noted, we seem to get distressed when we don’t get what we want or feel people or trying to take away what we have. “The principles of the programme of Alcoholics Anonymous are scientific and closely follow all the helping therapies which lead people to emotional well-being. I believe we can unwittingly complicate our treatment of alcoholism by believing we have other conditions we see as distinct from alcoholism but which are in fact part of this condition called alcoholism. The list of emotional difficulties continues throughout the Big book’s first 164 pages. For me this maladjustment to life is not exactly the same as the spiritual disease mentioned in the Oxford Group pamphlet.

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Another common argument I see about AA is that pushing a message of humility on people who already feel like crap only adds insult to injury and is counterproductive. Currently, we have a lot of confusion as information is just passed from meeting to meeting , which then becomes misinformation, which is then repeated elsewhere.

How Oceanfront Recovery Can Help

My recovery has thus since been about “growing up” a bit, however unsuccessful I am in this pursuit on occasion. My inventory showed me also that I did not seem to have the facility previously to emotionally respond to the world in a mature way. It shows the areas of behaviour and attitudes that can be treated by working the steps.

Can you pray too much?

ANSWER: Absolutely not! The Bible tells us to persist in prayer and to pray about everything. God doesn't always answer the way we think He should, or when we think He should.

We are on the fast track and there seems to be so many problems and situations that we have to fix them right now. A Spiritual Malady on its most basic level, is spiritual unmanageability. Without higher guidance or wisdom, we’re just making life decisions like water poring out of the spout! Thoughts are spouting spiritual malady out of our mouths without any self-care as to the consequences! This is a Spiritual Malady and most often wreaks havoc in our life. The fastest and best way to pull out of this self-will-run-riot is Step 3. The daily taking of Step 3 prayer cannot be overemphasized to protect us from a Spiritual Malady.

The 12 steps and therapy. My experience

What we talk about in recovery is the idea that we as humans suffer from fear. And it is fear that drives us drink and use, to react to our fellows and our circumstances poorly.

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