"This booklet does not offer a plan for recovery from alcoholism. The AA steps that summarize its program of recovery are set forth in detail in the book "Alcoholics Anonymous" and "Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions." Those steps are not interpreted here, nor are the processes they cover discussed in this booklet.
Here, we tell only some methods we have used for living without drinking. You are welcome to all of them, whether you are interested in Alcoholics Anonymous or not.
Our drinking was connected with many habit - big and little. Some of them were thinking habits, or things we felt inside ourselves. Other were doing habits - things we did, actions we took. In getting used to not drinking, we have found that we needed new habits to take the place of those old ones."
This is the first part of the first page in Living Sober, the FIRST book my sponsor gave me. I was to read this book of 30 suggestions (one per day), then read the stories in the back of the BB, and then what is referred to often as the text of the BB. By this time I had a group to go to that I liked, and they met three times a week. Open discussion (ladies), BB study and Step Study.
I think LS is far from boring. I liked ... "After we spent a few months practicing these new, sober habits or ways of acting and thinking, they became almost second nature to most of us, as drinking used to be. Not drinking has become natural and easy not a long, dreary struggle."
I came to OP to read the paper on genetic disposition, and I think I have that booze gene as well as the cancer gene. I've never been too fond of the disease model, but I have always felt that I got something out of booze that the average joe didn't. I believed there was something different about the alcoholic mind (brain) before I ever knew anything about pleasure centers.
I think my sponsor took a different approach than most do in AA.