The alcoholic – An egomaniac with an inferiority complex

Egomania

October 26, 2022

By Andy F

Categories: Untreated Alcoholism

A contradiction in terms Soon after my arrival in AA, I was introduced to a bizarre way of describing the alcoholic personality. The alcoholic is “an egomaniac with an inferiority complex.” What a strange definition!? It seemed a complete contradiction. How can you have a big ego and suffer from an inferiority complex at the […]

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Control issues and alcoholism

Control Issues

November 3, 2021

By Andy F

Categories: Untreated Alcoholism

Alcoholics and control issues What are the control issues that sometimes drive alcoholics? Are they different from the ones that affect more balanced people? In all likelihood, they are similar. There appears to be only one significant difference. Alcoholics are driven by “self-will.” (BB p.62) Any attempt at successfully exerting control over their circumstances and […]

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Honesty, open-mindedness, willingness

Honesty Open-mindedness Willingness

October 14, 2021

By Andy F

Categories: Untreated Alcoholism

H.O.W. – an acronym for honesty, open-mindedness and willingness Not long after coming to AA, the alcoholic mental fog began to clear. I kept hearing people at meetings sharing about something called the H.O.W. of the program. I was soon told that H.O.W. is an acronym for Honesty, Open-mindedness and Willingness. Members at meetings were […]

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