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The Curse of Unmanageability

"Your Life is Unmanageable," my Sponsor said to me. First, I ridiculed him. I asked, "managing 5 companies at the same time and you say my life is 'unmanageable'?" "My bank balance is handsome and you say my life is unmanageable?" "Are you out of your mind?" I asked.

 

That Feeling of Emptiness

Alkys and Addicts, like Co-Dependents, are very familiar with that feeling of emptiness. Obviously, not all can actually recognize it, let alone see it as a major issue in their lives.

As I came into the fellowship and attended my first full week of meetings, I was quite elated and fired up. I had found the root cause of my alcohol addiction. And better still, I thought I knew the way out.

But as weeks passed into months, not only did that excitement vanish, but I started to become bored with 'the same old stuff' being regurgitated endlessly.

 

What is Sponsoring?

In the fellowship, sponsoring is promoted as a way not only of helping others still struggling with the programme but also as a way to advance one's own recovery. This is not a new concept. The various roles of supporting others, known by different names around the world, have been around ever since the advent of civilisation.

However, in the fellowship, it has degenerated into a turf protection political game.

Here are the steps we took

Yesterday was my 58th birthday, and this is a great time f­or me to put on the 20-20 glasses and gain some hindsight on the journey of recovery so far. I was 32 when I joined the fellowship. What stood out in this review is a) abstinence precedes but isn’t the same as recovery, b) recovery, distinguished as the repeated application of the 12 steps upon all aspects of the practitioner’s life, exhibits ever broader contexts as the practitioner progresses in life, and c) the support [aka sponsorship] needs of the individual likewise grow in maturity.

Gopal K, Singapore. 02/12/2018

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