IF TW DOESN’T THINK HE IS TOO COOL FOR AA, DO YOU SERIOUSLY THINK THAT YOU ARE ?
Tom Waits has been sober for fifteen years now. He told the Guardian about it in 2006, saying:”Oh, you know, it was tough. I went to AA. I’m in the program. I’m clean and sober. Hooray. But, it was a struggle.” Does he miss it? “Nah. Not the way I was drinking. No, I’m happy to be sober. Happy to be alive. I found myself in some places I can’t believe I made it out of alive.” Has sobriety affected his creative process? “No. I don’t think so. I mean, one is never completely certain when you drink and do drugs whether the spirits that are moving through you are the spirits from the bottle or your own. And, at a certain point, you become afraid of the answer. That’s one of the biggest things that keeps people from getting sober, they’re afraid to find out that it was the liquor talking all along. “I was trying to prove something to myself, too. It was like, ‘Am I genuinely eccentric? Or am I just wearing a funny hat? What am I made of? What’s left when you drain the pool?'”
Source: Why Tom Waits Quit Drinking
It took Sharon Sweeney 40 years to overcome her drug addiction, but six months after graduating from a rehabilitation program she was left homeless.The 55-year-old, originally from northern Queensland, sought help at drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre The Buttery near Bangalow in northern New South Wales.She spent eight months at the facility and six months in a halfway house before struggling to find permanent accommodation of her own.Media player: “Space” to play, “M” to mute, “left” and “right” to seek. 00:00 00:00 AUDIO: Finding a home after rehab (ABC News)”I was determined to stay clean and The Buttery was great for what it did, it got me used to being clean and living skills and dealing with my feelings,” Ms Sweeney said.”But once you’re out in the real world, it’s a whole different thing.”It’s hard to be in recovery and not know anybody, not know the names of the streets
Source: Finding accommodation after rehab: Recovering addicts at risk of homelessness – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
“in the cupboard sits my bottlelike a dwarf waiting to scratch out my prayers.I drink and cough like some idiot at a symphony,sunlight and maddened birds are everywhere,the phone rings gamboling its soundagainst the odds of the crooked sea;I drink deeply and evenly now,I drink to paradiseand deathand the lie of love.”—Charles Bukowski, “Soirée”
Source: “It is another beautiful evening here at the Red Pony bar and continual soirée, how can I help you?” ― Craig Johnson, The Cold Dish | THE OLD PROVERBIAL RECOVERY