Robin W., Alcoholic (from the writers at https://aspiritualevolution.wordpress.com)
Note: This is the first time I’ve written about something outside my own personal experience, but it’s been on my mind enough that I felt moved to.
When Amy Winehouse’s body was found with a blood alcohol content of .4% (five times the DUI level), lying among scattered vodka bottles like so many smoking guns, most of the media and public understood that her death was caused by alcoholism.
Not so with the loss of Robin Williams – also caused by alcoholism, but in a much subtler sense. The press does note that he had checked into rehab a few weeks prior, but his prolonged suspension of active drinking causes them to dismiss his addiction as conquered. It seems to me only my fellow alcoholics are able to intuit the close relationship between his alcoholism, depression, and the unbearable-ness of being that led him to take his life…read more…
AMAZING! Oprah recently did a show about “Why anyone can benefit from the 12 Steps”
So many times, I have heard people in meetings say that “the normies need to work the steps!” or something like “my mom needs to work the steps even though she isn’t an addict”. This concept is absolutely true and anyone can benefit from working the steps.
WHY? Simple; spirituality is for everyone. Finding and nurturing a relationship with a Higher Power is the natural thing for any human to do because we all are facing sure-death. We will all die, one way or another. Addiction is not the only thing that threatens the existence of humanity. Aging and disease happen all the time and the only one who can get us out of death is a Higher Power. I will not prattle on…check out this awesome episode of Opera yourself.
Legendary songwriter Paul Williams, who is a recovering addict, and screenwriter Tracey Jackson, who has not battled drug or alcohol addiction, say in their new book, Gratitude and Trust, that everyone can benefit from the steps found in recovery programs. “We’re all addicted to something,” Tracey says. “We’re all stuck somewhere in patterns.”
Tracey says the principles in recovery programs are lessons we can all learn. “Everyone should just take one round of recovery to learn rigorous honesty, to learn how to say I’m sorry, to learn how to own their faults. And I think that we all have things.”