To find out, ask yourself the following questions, and answer them as honestly as you can.
- Do you find more time for work these days?
- Has your home life become happier?
- Do you find that you are less shy with other people?
- Is the fact that you are not now drinking affecting your reputation positively?
- Are you waking up in the morning without guilt and remorse?
- Are your financial difficulties becoming easier to manage?
- Do you turn to sober companions and a superior environment?
- Are you now more concerned with your family’s welfare?
- Has your ambition increased?
- Do you have a craving to pray and meditate at a definite time daily?
- Do you feel gratitude when you wake up in the morning?
- Do you sleep better?
- Is your efficiency increasing?
- Is not-drinking affecting you positively in your job or business?
- Do you deal with your troubles and worries head-on?
- Do you find it easier to live with yourself?
- Is your memory improving?
- Has your doctor recently commented on improvement in your health?
- Is your self-confidence increasing?
- Have you ever been asked to share your story with others?
If you have answered YES to one of the above questions, you just may be a recovering alcoholic.
If you have answered YES to two, it is probable that you are a recovering alcoholic.
If you have answered YES to five or more, you are definitely a recovering alcoholic.
Most of us, by the time we get around to answering these questions, average more than 15 yes answers . . . I got all 20 . . . after my sponsor pointed out that I had finally quit snivelling and had worked All the Steps!!
(AA GRAPEVINE, October 1983)