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Editorial –  November 2016

This month’s issue of Roundabout carries the usual mix of articles contrasting the catastrophic and ruinous lifestyle of the still-performing alcoholic and the more calm and contented lifestyle of the recovering alcoholic in our Fellowship.

The author of one of this month’s articles writes about a family once rent asunder by active alcoholism becoming a very close, trusting and loving unit again thanks to the sobriety on offer in AA. In another article the author similarly describes the mental carnage inflicted on a family through alcoholic drinking, talks of personal recovery in AA but speaks of what may best be described as nothing more than an ‘uneasy and uncertain peace’ in the family home. The author readily and correctly acknowledges things may not ever get fully better, that full trust may never be attained again let alone any love, but he must remain sober at all costs.

Alcoholics Anonymous has never and will never guarantee newcomers that if they stick with us and follow our suggestions they will get sober, recover everything that was lost and fix everything that was broken. The deal is that if they stick with the Fellowship and follow our suggestions they will get sober. They will regain control of their own lives. They will come to appreciate all the good things sobriety brings and they will be equipped to deal with the not so good in a responsible and reasoned manner.

Our stories, though, so often disclose sound family recoveries. There is the very considerable likelihood that newcomers who thoroughly immerse themselves in AA will in time gain trust, restore relationships and repair damage. The newcomer must realise, though, if he or she ever lifts the first drink again they are positively diminishing the chance of family recovery and possibly negating any chance whatsoever.

Just ‘stick with the winners’, be in control of your own life, enjoy the freedom from active alcoholism and count your many blessings in whichever case.  

Contents

2.      Sub-Committee Notice Board

3.      Editorial

4.      I Doubted, But They Were Right                

6.      Faith And Hope

8.      Our Beautiful Fellowship

9.      Action Is The Magic Word And Attitude      

         Is Everything

11.    Twelve Concepts Checklist (GB)

12.    What Doesn’t Kill Me Makes Me Stronger

i-iv.   Group Changes, Diary & Service Pages  

13.    The Roundabout Interview

15.    My First Sober Holiday

16.    Reflections    

17.    When The Pupil Is Ready

19     No More Running Away   

21.    That Was The Week That Was

23.    Roundabout Subscription Form