Another Alkie Who Understands He Is Recovered!

awkakenDanny S. who is apparently somewhere in New England has a blog called Real Live Recovered AlcoholicI found him by googling something like 12 step recovery blogs. Not surprisingly I was drawn by another 12 Stepper using ‘recovered.’

What a hoot! The more I poke around his site, he’s been blogging there since 2003 apparently, the more it seems he and I see the 12 Step program in much the same way. But not exactly, at least not exactly the same, what, tone?

For example, in his post, Dr. Bobs NightmareDanny says, first quoting the Big Book, then commenting:

“Of far more importance was the fact that he was the first living human with whom I had ever talked, who knew what he was talking about in regard to alcoholism from actual experience.” ~ (Dr. Bob on Bill W’s approach) THE DOCTOR’S NIGHTMARE

BINGO!  Bob understands Bill’s description of the alcoholic. It is identification, without which not much is ever accomplished.

I don’t think it would have ever occurred to me to explain this wonderful example of identification by starting out with ‘BINGO!’ And that’s one of the things I’m coming to appreciate about the posts – not only does he agree with me (or I with him), he writes with a kind of verve I find exciting.

The site is visually exciting too – not polished in any sense of the word. Danny’s finding in-your-face graphic that drive his point home.

His post called Are You A Recovering Alcoholic? he absolutely pulls no punches. For example:

There are lots of us who are no longer obsessed; no longer shut off from God’s help; who have learned how to quickly reestablished and maintain contact with God through prayer and meditation. We have been restored to positions of mental, physical and spiritual health – and you might be able to become one of us “recovered alcoholics”.

Ending with:

Stop believing that you are recovering. . . . You aren’t . . . .And instead, step out of the darkness and recover.  You will not be sorry. Or are you afraid to wake- up?

To which I say two things:

I wish I’d written that.


What’s your take? Are you stuck? Willing to get unstuck? 

Love, blessings & abundance,

Anne W. Powerfully Recovered



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Morgan August 28, 2013 at 2:05 pm

How ironic I just found his blog mere minutes before reading this post! Really great stuff. I haven’t had a chance to browse back through some of his older posts, but I find the newer ones incredible engaging too. I love the “straight-up” style that he writes with, just like you noted. Really great stuff, and great recommendation!
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Clark Wright October 28, 2016 at 1:00 am

Being “Recovered” means no more excuses. As an alcoholic, armed the the first 164 pages, I have the same plan for living and thinking that well adjusted people have.

A couple of decades ago I got in a tizzy about why the phrase “Recovered alcoholic” got so many AAers upset. Why a word, and idea, mentioned some 15 times in our textbook, is so hated in the AA Fellowship.

The answer? No more excuses. As a recovered alcoholic, my failures are mine to own. I can have a good relationship just like everyone else, a demanding job, make decisions, etc… Just like non alcoholics.

Being recovered means I am responsible for what I do and what I dwell upon. Not “My Disease,” not people places and things, just me and my God. Too scary for many folks, but a blessing for those who will accept the gift of Spiritual Power.

annew October 31, 2017 at 2:48 pm

You know, I think you’re right! I hadn’t thought of it that way. Thanks so much. And apologies for not being here in so long. Thanks!

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