Don't you love commercials for alcohol. Ah, the high life. If you drink Bud you can salute the real men of genius. Or maybe you'll be cool like Keith Stone, or make the decision once and for all if Miller Lite is less filling or taste great. Do you think beer makers really want you to drink responsibly? I mean, for crying out loud, they spend millions upon millions on commercials to promote drunkeness. I have seen many of the ads that make you wonder if its booze or sex they solicit. The real thing they want is money, your money. You get the picture. And I'm well aware that not everyone is alcoholic. Some people drink a glass of wine or beer with their food and that's all. But those like me even the thought of a glass is unrealistic, even deadly. I not only want to steer my life clear of drinking but also help those who want to really live and enjoy their time on the planet. The key is, they must want to quit.
"Drinking too much makes you loud and foolish. Its stupid to get drunk." Prov. 20:1
The hardest part of sobriety is the admission that you're a drunk. This really happens; people come to AA or other similar programs, and say I'm not sure if I'm an alcoholic. Sadly, they just had their third dui/ovi, lost their job, family, friends, etc. Are you kidding? Their minds are so focused on their own personal goodness that they can conceive they're a drunk! As they return to meetings, they see that they truly are alcoholic, and start working on their sobriety. Don't kid yourself. You're playing with your future, maybe even your very life.
To get sober, get a game plan. First, ask God to help you get real and get right. Second, find a AA meeting in your area, or a Celebrate Recovery group, and get to a meeting. You will find hope. And you will get well. But first you have to get up. Get there with a attitude that you will get well even if nothing else has ever worked. Pay attention to what is said as people take turns speaking. From these find a person to help you be accountable, a mentor or sponsor. There you're going to see how these programs have help others like you, and your life will begin to change. Perhaps you're not the drinker in the family. But your spouse or child, or a close friend is. Don't try to coax them to a meeting, have them check out this site. Let God do what He does...be God. You can't get them to go to a meeting but they may read a blog. Our time here is nearing an end, we're in the home stretch. Let's get sober, serve others, and above all, serve the Lord. God bless all, keep coming back! Keith.