What About A Support Group?

May 15, 2016 | By Greg Wilson | Filed in: Uncategorized.

We need Joy as we need air.
We need Love as we need water.
We need each other as we need the earth we share!
Maya Angelou

My life was transformed by the Alcoholics Anonymous Program. I do not know where I would be today if I had not had the support and guidance that I found in that program. In my early years of recovery, I needed something to help me make a difficult transition from one way of life into another way of life… a life free from the obsession for drugs and alcohol.
It takes discipline to change and to make that shift into another way of life. Some of us do not like the word discipline. Discipline can remind us of punishment or hardship. We may think of being disciplined as a child and put on restriction or harsher physical consequences. Therefore, we may avoid discipline, but our quest for change cannot be separated from discipline.
It has been my experience that most of us want a miracle product or a pill that will remove the need for any discipline so we can indulge in the hedonistic ways of chasing pleasure and avoiding pain. Recovery often fails because we lack the discipline to sustain a strong program of recovery. We must sustain honesty, open-mindedness, and willingness!
One of the ways that I learned to discipline myself was to attend meetings and to go even when I did not feel like it. I was instructed to attend 90 meetings in the first 90 days of my recovery. I attended over 90 meetings in my first 90 days, sometimes twice a day. Have you ever noticed that the word disciple is in the word discipline? I became a disciple of Bill Wilson to help guide me into a better way of life!
I give thanks to Bill Wilson and the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous. Bill Wilson discovered that there are certain principles that helped him live sober and be free! He formed Alcoholics Anonymous to introduce people to these principles of self-help. Bill Wilson knew the power of a support group and how we all can help each other live sober and be free!
Out of appreciation for the legacy that Bill Wilson left for us all, I was inspired to write a poem dedicated to Bill and the program of Alcoholics Anonymous. My sponsor often said to me, “Keep it simple. Don’t drink and go to meetings!” So Live Sober and Be Free! Enjoy!

WHERE THERE’S A WILSON, THERE’S A WAY!

I HIT ROCK BOTTOM; HAD NOTHING TO SAY,

BUT I’VE GOT SOMETHING TO SAY TODAY,

“WHERE THERE’S A WILSON, THERE’S A WAY!”

I LET MYSELF REALLY GO ASTRAY,

NOW I’M BACK; HERE TO STAY,

WHERE THERE’S A WILSON, THERE’S A WAY!

TIMES WERE TOUGH, I’LL HAVE TO SAY,

BUT THANKS TO BILL, NOW I’M OK.

WHERE THERE’S A WILSON, THERE’S A WAY!

I KNOW IT CAN SOUND SO CLICHÉ,

BUT IT WORKS IF YOU WORK IT, JUST FOR TODAY.

WHERE THERE’S A WILSON, THERE’S A WAY!

NOW I GIVE THANKS AND HOPE TO CONVEY,

I NEED TO LOVE. I NEED TO PRAY.

SO WHAT’S THE SAYING TO SAY EVERYDAY?

“WHERE THERE’S A WILSON, THERE’S A WAY”!

—Greg Wilson

Dedicated to Bill Wilson

Are you willing to do what it takes to live sober and be free?


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