The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous: "Half measures availed us nothing, We stood at the turning point. We asked God’s protection and care with complete abandon." (page 59)
The question that I think of as I read this passage that was written by Bill Wilson in 1935 is this: Why would someone pen these words? My answer is three fold.
1) The author must himself have experienced that in order to quit drinking and have success in sobriety one must not have any reservations by thinking I can "moderate" my drinking.
2) The author realized that this is the turning point that one must choose in one's recovery.
3) The author has experienced that in order to have success in one's recovery one must ask God for direction and care, leaving no choice for other paths to follow.
The Bible says, "“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See I am doing a new thing! ISAIAH 43:18
This past college football season I have followed the Oregon Ducks as well as the Oregon State Beavers (what can I tell you-I root for both). Anyway, one thing that I have observed is that in order to have success in one's endeavors, one must either be totally committed to the project at hand, or else in time suffer the consequences. We see this in the realms of addiction recovery. We see how although the lives we are attempting to change through personalized one on one recovery coaching want to live a clean and sober life, we see also that socializing with old friends within the old environment will usually produce old behavior. In a recent interview, Oregon Ducks Quarterback Marcus Mariota was quoted as saying:
“Going ‘All In’ for God is glorifying Him with the abilities He’s given us and shining our light for Him.”
- Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota
So in closing, if you find yourself reading this and struggling personally within your recovery program or perhaps know of someone that is need of support, please consider contacting us at the Foundations for Recovery and together we can help you establish a game plan that will produce a "new" way of living.