There is no alternative to the framework of the Twelve-Step program, even modifying the wording has been hugely successful. However, there’s a need for depth, for greater awareness of the movement and vitality of the energy that transforms the psyche into a sober way of living.
The support in Alcoholics Anonymous is unlike any other we have known. However, as an organisation, we see the dividing factor of the world is also the dividing factor among our members- whether a belief and reliance upon God is necessary or not.
When the psyche is divided between belief and non-belief the struggle can be consuming to such an extent that recovery becomes a miserable and painful experience. In such a split position, how are we to overcome psychological and emotional problems when being torn apart by indecision over the battle of belief and non-belief.
Deeper Reflections for Early Recovery is a book written with a view in mind that there’s a growing need for a more philosophical approach to sobriety, thereby setting aside the God struggle. Getting caught up in the unsolvable creates blind spots to the solvable. We forget we can learn just as much from the atmosphere in entering a room as we do from the words that come to greet us. Isn’t it more important to learn about the atmosphere in our psyche than wasting energy seeking answers to unanswerable questions?
Each chapter places our attention on particular psychological and emotional obstacles that commonly arise during the early years of recovery which obscure the experiencing of the fullness of the joys of sobriety without labelling them as spiritual experiences. We aren’t seeking God’s will, instead, we want to know the meaning of life.
If the topics seem intellectual let me reassure you they are not, because each one encourages observation, perception, connection, and action rather than introspection.
Can we, without drinking, approach daily living and its challenges knowing consciousness will be stirred from time to time? Yes, we can, therefore we have included deeper reflection topics such as Anxiety, Loneliness, Self-Consciousness, Triggers, and Family Relationships to name a few. The book is split into four parts in order to change the way we learn. Ridding ourselves of haste and nurturing a manner of deep kindness and gentleness so we recover in the fullness of understanding of being human. Each volume includes chapters that will bring the central theme into existence. Then, we will know to comprehend sobriety in a way that is beyond the word.
The intention of the book is to enable us to learn about self-centred activity, only then can we know what it means to be in a relationship with others. Fear and anxiety are strong defence mechanisms and when our psychological security is threatened we are conditioned to find a quick fix that protects us from others.
Early recovery needn’t be daunting- we can begin discarding psychological and emotional
habits when we observe their futility. Having been catapulted out of self-pity drinking, can we watch out for our own falsehoods which lead back to old ideas?
Each chapter ends with some meditation questions so we can dig a little deeper into our psyche and not be afraid. Most importantly, if we are to experiment there cannot be any criticism, judgement, or demand to do better. Being honest and aware of ourselves is a kind and gentle approach.
Being recovered from alcoholism is not being deluded in sobriety.