Kathy L. is the author of The Intervention Book" which offers a comprehensive guide to understanding and staging interventions (ISBN-10: 1573244953, ISBN-13: 978-1573244954) and has also taken on the actions of making an unknown Alcoholic and AA member a martyr, despite the fact he was a good AA member.
Sent to me by an AA Friend
I did not write this article. The author is unknown. It was sent to me by an AA friend, Carrie F. I was going to condense it because of it's length, but couldn't find anything that wasn't important to anyone in recovery. Please share this with others in your fellowship. Namaste'. May you walk your journey in peace and harmony.
Sent to me by an AA friend...
We buried him yesterday. The County Coroner had published the required notices for next of kin and nobody had claimed the body. It was just myself and his sponsor, no preacher even, the county doesn't pay for those.
Not much of send-off, and not the one David had asked for.. A cheap coffin, a backhoe dug a hole, and that was it; just another old AA gone.
He had been sober over 20 years and first tried AA over 30 years ago, a stern and rigid man who tried to soften his edges and never could.
He was a loner, a fringer, an isolated man at the edge of life's good things. He hung in there.... and in the end hung himself. I don't know why; I can't know.
I know there had been a diagnosis of senile dementia, and I know that the doctor had added cancer to the list. But, I've seen AA’s deal with such things before... I don't know why David decided he couldn't.
It isn't the first time I've been through this in Alcoholics Anonymous. I've known several men over the years who just up and walked out life's door one day. Sober but they are not happy. Sober but they are not at peace. Sober but they died of alcoholism.
Our disease doesn't need us to drink in order to kill us. I wish more folks knew that, and appreciated it.
Alcoholism is the only disease that is entirely capable of fighting back, of taking care of it self, and of emerging in new places and new forms when it isn't properly treated. That's because of the spiritual malady.
Most people think that has something to do with prayer or with God. It doesn't. It has to do with 'our spirit'... that force which animates, motivates and propels us.
As an alcoholic, my spirit is ill. It is flawed. My character, or basic nature, doesn't work right. At its root, it is a fundamental and unresolvable insecurity... a hole that can never be filled.
It is an instinct run rampant, a desperate need for acceptance and love that cannot be met. It hurts. It fills one with fear. The selfishness and self-centeredness of the alcoholic lies here... we are totally pre-occupied with what is going on with ourselves on the inside.....
More about Kathy L. and "The Intervention Book"
Publication Date: September 1, 2011
Millions of viewers have watched Dr. Drew conduct professional interventions with celebrities who are struggling with addictions. But we can't all afford a professional intervention. The Intervention Book offers real-life stories and step-by-step advice for intervening in a loved one's life.
In The Intervention Book, Kathy L., the 12-step recovery columnist for BellaOnline, one of the largest sites for women on the web, offers a comprehensive guide to understanding and staging interventions. She begins by explaining the concept of intervention--the critical waking up point when the addict accepts that addiction has taken over his life. She walks readers through the different types of interventions, and offers advice from professional counselors and family members who have used interventions successfully.
The Intervention Book includes stories of real people, more than twenty first-hand accounts from recovering addicts and alcoholics, along with their friends and families who have been through interventions and started recovery.
For anyone who has a friend or loved one struggling with an addiction, this book offers faith and hope of a life in recovery.
The Intervention Book: Stories and Solutions from Addicts, Professionals, and Families
Kathy L (Author), Brad Lamm (Foreword)
Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Conari Press (September 1, 2011)
Obviously Kathy L. is a fan of Dr. Drew, the combination Jerry Springer/Jack Kevorkian television Evangelist of the Recovery Industry Cartel.