Cunning baffling and powerful big book

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Cunning, Baffling, Powerful

I never asked this question when I was getting sober, but I have heard other people ask it. I thought they were raising unreasonable objections to getting sober or expressing resistance to recovery. Over the years, patients at Hazelden and guests at The Retreat have spoken of their reluctance to recover by saying that they are afraid to recover, because they are afraid of who they might be if they stop drinking or drugging. Alcoholism is a disease of self-deception. We can be taking all twelve steps, and still avoid the spiritual growth of the program. Without help it is too much for us.
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Don P. "Precisely How We Recovered" - AA Speaker - 12-Step "Alcoholism Recovery"

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Cunning, baffling and powerful is a description of the disease of alcoholism according to Alcoholics Anonymous. It is cunning because the disease can stay in the background patiently. We can be living a sober life and then one day the thought of a drink comes in our head and off we go. It has happened to me several times. I was sober, going to Alcoholics Anonymous, having many sober, loving friends who gave me lots of support.

Addiction is a disease that is known to be cunning, baffling, and powerful.
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Someone who is clean and sober may seem to be doing well on their journey, but then they have a slip or even a full-blown relapse. Addiction Treatment Teaches Coping Skills At the root of many addictions is a desire to avoid emotional pain. If someone is looking for a way to numb themselves or to avoid dealing with something that makes them feel uncomfortable, they can drink, take a pill, snort or smoke something that will help them do that. For this reason, addiction treatment programs teach coping strategies to their clients that they can use in their chemical-free lifestyle. Addiction is Cunning Keep in mind that the addiction is not cured; it is still lying in the background.



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