Today my good friend Phil Carlson presented me my 10 year medallion at his AA meeting. The important thing about these awards is that the folks in the room see someone who has made it 10 years and it encourages them that it is possible and they can do it too.
I went to AA meetings for a couple of years, then moved on to other things. I have friends that continue in it for years, and have developed some wonderful relationships in their groups. There may be no right answer or approach; but AA is welcoming to all and free so if anyone thinks they may have a problem check it out. Alcohol and drug addiction are almost epidemic today and it is solvable one person at a time. There may still be a stigma, but at AA you will find lots of people with the same problem and with the same goal: to get their lives back in order and find serenity.
In my case I was defined as a “high bottom” meaning I hadn’t had the fall in life that many experience. But it was bottom enough for me! I knew I had a problem even though I could probably have gone on for years drinking; but it would have impacted my health and soon my family. Some counselors at Hazelden weren’t sure I needed to be there in treatment as I wasn’t a big problem. But drinking had become a problem to me and it was holding me back from being productive and using my God given gifts to help people in any way I could. That change resulted in me writing two books that from reports from readers have done that. Life is good! And even better now!