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EMOTIONAL SOBRIETY

Book Review of “Emotional Sobriety” Emotional Sobriety is an amazing book that provides an opportunity to read personal accounts of how the recovery program of Alcoholics Anonymous has helped people arrest their battles with the bottle. Divided into six sections: A New Perspective, The Acid Test, Freedom from Self, A Program of Action, Outgoing Love, and The Joy of Living; this manual for stringing together days of emotional sobriety helps because it provides new ways to expand on and enhance physical sobriety. A New Perspective addresses the spiritual awakening that takes place as a result of open-mindedness, willingness, and honesty that comes before working the Twelve Steps as outlined in the Big Book and the Twelve and Twelve (Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, also known as 12 x 12. The next section discusses and examines the meaning and application of The Acid Test ( living to good purpose under all conditions) Freedom from Self describes the ever present problem for alcoholics worldwide, “…the alcoholic is an extreme example of self-will run riot…” from the Big Book on page 62. . Physical as well as emotional sobriety require A Program of Action is covered in the next section. “It is easy to let up on the spiritual program of action and rest on our laurels. We are headed for trouble if we do, for alcohol is a subtle foe. We are not cured of alcoholism. What we really have is a daily reprieve contingent on the maintenance of our spiritual condition.” This quote from the AA Big Book is expanded upon with many examples. Outgoing Love highlights the Prayer of St. Francis which is on page 99 of the Twelve and Twelve, “…Lord, grant that I may seek rather to love, than to be loved…” This beautiful prayer demonstrates how Alcoholics Anonymous begins to work in the lives of its members and shows that with practice, members can start being open to a new life. The Joy of Living describes God’s will for His children from page 133 in the Big Book, “We are sure God wants us to be happy, joyous, and free.” Through working the Twelve Steps, joy in life – independent of circumstances – can be achieved. Emotional Sobriety really delves into recovery and can help any reader work towards contented sobriety.