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Hello and welcome to Fellowship in Recovery. We're glad you could join us!
My Name is_______. I am an Alcoholic serving as your Chairperson for today’s meeting.
*The discussion or posting of other websites and chat rooms links are not allowed in the main screens. **Also, to protect your anonymity, we respectfully request that no personal information be posted in the main screens.
If you wish to exchange information such as phone numbers and email addresses, please do so privately.
..**Please don't put out question marks during shares.
All other questions can be answered in the lounge where there is open chat 24/7.
*Please treat this as you would a face-to-face meeting.
Would all who care to, please join me in opening with a "moment of silence" for those who are still sick and suffering, both in and out of the rooms,
followed by the Serenity Prayer. Let's take that moment now…
God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and the wisdom to know the difference.
Thy will not mine be done.
Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism.
The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees for A.A. membership; we are self-supporting through our own contributions.
A.A. is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization or institution; does not wish to engage in any controversy; neither endorses nor opposes any causes. Our primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety.
(there are 2 choices here, and you can use either one you prefer:
first choice is ("MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM ")
or you can skip this one and below it you will find
the second choice:( "HOW IT WORKS")
MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM
Most of us have been unwilling to admit we were real alcoholics. No person likes to think he is bodily and mentally different from his fellows. Therefore, it is not surprising that our drinking careers have been characterized by countless vain attempts to prove we could drink like other people.
The idea that somehow, someday he will control and enjoy his drinking is the great obsession of every abnormal drinker. The persistence of this illusion is astonishing.
Many pursue it into the gates of insanity or death.
We learned that we had to fully concede to our innermost selves that we were alcoholics.
This is the first step in recovery. The delusion that we are like other people, or presently may be, has to be smashed.
S.M.A.S.H.E.D -- KA-BOOM
We alcoholics are men and women who have lost the ability to control our drinking. We know that no real alcoholic ever recovers control. All of us felt at times that we were regaining control, but such intervals - usually brief - were inevitably followed by still less control, which led in time to pitiful and incomprehensible demoralization. We are convinced to a man that alcoholics of our type are in the grip of a progressive illness. Over any considerable period we get worse, never better.
We are like men who have lost their legs; they never grow new ones. Neither does there appear to be any kind of treatment which will make alcoholics of our kind like other men. We have tried every imaginable remedy. In some instances there has been brief recovery, followed always by a still worse relapse. Physicians who are familiar with alcoholism agree there is no such thing as making a normal drinker out of an alcoholic. Science may one day accomplish this, but it hasn't done so yet. .
HOW IT WORKS
Rarely have we seen a person fail who has thoroughly followed our path. Those who do not recover are people who cannot or will not completely give themselves to this simple program, usually men and women who are constitutionally incapable of being honest with themselves. There are such unfortunates. They are not at fault; they seem to have been born that way. They are naturally incapable of grasping and developing a manner of living which demands rigorous honesty. Their chances are less than average. There are those, too, who suffer from grave emotional and mental disorders, but many of them do recover if they have the capacity to be honest.
Our stories disclose in a general way what we used to be like, what happened, and what we are like now. If you have decided you want what we have and are willing to go to any length to get it-then you are ready to take certain steps.
At some of these we balked. We thought we could find an easier, softer way. But we could not. With all the earnestness at our command, we beg of you to be fearless and thorough from the very start. Some of us have tried to hold on to our old ideas and the result was nil until we let go absolutely.
Remember that we deal with alcohol-cunning, baffling, powerful! Without help it is too much for us. But there is One who has all power-that One is God. May you find Him now!
Half measures availed us nothing. We stood at the turning point. We asked His protection and care with complete abandon.
Here are the steps we took, which are suggested as a program of recovery:
Many of us exclaimed, "What an order! I can't go through with it." Do not be discouraged. No one among us has been able to maintain anything like perfect adherence to these principles. We are not saints. The point is, that we are willing to grow along spiritual lines. The principles we have set down are guides to progress. We claim spiritual progress rather than spiritual perfection.
Our description of the alcoholic, the chapter to the agnostic, and our personal adventures before and after make clear three pertinent ideas:
(a) That we were alcoholic and could not manage our own lives.
(b) That probably no human power could have relieved our alcoholism.
(c) That God could and would if He were sought.
Before we begin, do we have any newcomers with us today … or anyone here for their first online meeting?
If so, please introduce yourself so we may better get to know you! :)
Is anybody celebrating an AA milestone … or an AA birthday today ???
Alrighty then, its topic time. If anyone would like to suggest a topic or has one they feel they need to hear about, now is the time to speak up, I will take the first two.
Our topics for today are
FOR THOSE NEW TO OUR ONLINE MEETING SITE, PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING:
1) To share, type "!"
I will call on you to share.
Please begin with: ”My name is ___________, and I'm an alcoholic.”
2) Type in short sentences.
3) Type "DONE " when you have finished.
4) No crosstalk when someone is sharing. Crosstalk = conversational typing in the main screen. However, if you feel strongly about what someone says, short responses are allowed (ONE word or ONE emoticon only please).
Does anybody have one more last burning desire?
We would like to close this meeting with the promises and the Lord's prayer…
....If we are painstaking about this phase of our development, we will be amazed before
we are half way through.
Are these extravagant promises?
We think not.
They are being fulfilled among us - sometimes quickly, sometimes slowly.
They will always materialize if we work for them.
Work, work, work!
For those who care to join us, we would like to end this meeting with the Lord’s prayer…
Our Father, Who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come,
Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day, our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, for Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever.
Chairing meetings is a form of service work and a way to give back what you’ve been freely given. You can sign up and help keep our meetings going. If you would like to volunteer, please contact one of the moderators. Thanks!!
Thank you all for coming and keep coming back