Alcoholics Anonymous Tag

AA Rule 62 – “Don’t take yourself too seriously.” Seriously. The realization that we can have fun in sobriety doesn’t always dawn on us when we first get clean. Coming into recovery, I had the mistaken idea that I was signing off on a life sentence dooming me to a future of musty wooden cellars filled with cigarette smoke, coffee stains, and grumpy old men.

Guest blogger, Gary Stromberg has an impressive reputation as an author, music industry PR mogul during the 60’s and 70’s, feature film producer and current head of public relations firm, The Blackbird Group. But he lets it be known that his greatest achievement is his sustained recovery from drugs and alcohol for over thirty-one years. His passion for service keeps him in the thick of Alcoholics Anonymous, supporting recovery foundations and in the trenches, both giving and receiving help from people who some think are beyond aid. In Gary’s words…..

Alcoholics Anonymous’ founders Dr. Bob and Bill W. gave the world the gift that keeps on giving, the 12 steps of recovery. The beauty of the steps is that they can be applied to every area of anyone’s life and the term “Higher Power,” is personal and can be defined however an individual desires. Most people know someone who has been affected by addiction: parents, siblings, mothers, fathers, grandparents, neighbors, employees, employers, co-workers, cousins, friends, the checker in your market, the server in the coffee shop…addiction is a widespread problem sweeping our nation.

Robert Holbrook Smith otherwise known as Dr. Bob was one of the co-founders of Alcoholics Anonymous. The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous reveres him as one of the greatest friends that our fellowship will ever know. He got sober in June 10th, 1935 and stayed sober till the year of his death in 1950.