The Phenomenon of Craving

In my meeting this morning we read in the AA Big Book a chapter called The Doctor’s Opinion.  In it, doctors who were prominent in the field of addiction at the time the book was published added their thoughts on the 12-step program, and how critical the 12 steps are for people with the disease of alcoholism.  They speak of a concept they call the “phenomenon of craving,” and they write:

After (alcoholics) have succumbed to the desire again, as so many do, and the phenomenon of craving develops, they pass through the well-known stages of a spree, emerging remorseful, with a firm resolution not to drink again.  This is repeated over and over, and unless this person can experience an entire psychic change there is very little hope of his recovery.

The most important lesson I have learned so far with respect to the phenomenon of craving is this:  if I don’t take the first mood altering substance, then I will not wake up the craving that is apparently inside me.

The second most important lesson I’ve learned, and this took a lot longer to get through my thick head, is this:  the outcome is always the same.  If I use a mood altering substance, disaster happens.  The only unknown is how long it will take… in the past there were periods where the outcome took longer to arrive, but the result was always the same:  complete and total destruction.

Which brings me back to lesson number one… don’t take the first one, and I am free!

Posted on April 18, 2012, in Recovery and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. You have hit the heart of addiction. Monumentous! With any real addiction, the greatest lesson to be learned is never to engage in it. I am so proud that you have realized this.


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