“There was a time when we ignored trouble, hoping it would go away. Or, in fear and in depression, we ran from it, but found it was still with us. Often, full of unreason, bitterness, and blame, we fought back. These mistaken attitudes, powered by alcohol, guaranteed our destruction, unless they were altered.
Then came AA (and DA. OA, NA, Al-Anon etc). Here we learned that trouble was really a fact of life for everybody – a fact that had to be understood and dealt with. Surprisingly, we found that our troubles could, under God’s grace, be converted into unimagined blessings.
“Indeed, that was the essence of A.A. itself: trouble accepted, trouble squarely faced with calm courage, trouble lessened and often transcended. This was the A.A. story, and we became a part of it. Such demonstrations became our stock in trade for the next sufferer.”
COMMENT: It was with my own experience with depression that I tried to deny that it was anything that could keep me from a life lived with hope and joy. I thought that if I just ignored it, like Bill W., stated so well above, it would just evaporate like the morning midst. Of course this just didn’t happen.
As I commented on this denial factor which is a big part of all addictions, I also came to believe that, “well, what I am going through will surely pass. It isn’t so bad, really. I can put up with a little discomfort.” Sorry. It didn’t work that way. And as I pointed out in I’ll Do It when I feel Better I said ” we also learn that our depression is a defense and predictable and for some, depression is even come to be a comfort and as has been said before, at least one knows what they have with depression. And to change and risk removing this numbness is better not to be undertaken because it’s better to know what one has than to risk getting something worse. Much like the example cited before of the debate within ourselves to go to the dentist for the toothache or just tough it out and hope for the best. We call this denial.” Page 17.
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1) As Bill sees it. Page 110.
2) I’ll do it when I feel better. (2014) Depressed Anonymous Publications. Louisville.
3) Depressed Anonymous, 3rd edition. (2011) Depressed Anonymous Publications. Louisville.