I have been a Bahai since 1962. Before I became a Bahai and in 1980 I was a full blown sick, dying, insane alcoholic/addict. I put a gun to my head and pulled the trigger. That is desperate I was. The gun did not go off due to the fact I was too drunk/stoned to load the gun correctly. At that bottoming out point I was able to find AA and it found me. I was in AA for two years when Bahai was presented to me. On June the 4th 2010 I took a coin (an AA ritual) for 30 years of continuous sobriety. My friends threw a birthday party for me. So appropriate since I would not be around today without the tools AA gave me to live a full, rich, happy and sane life that now also for many years includes being a Bahai. I am writing this blog on July 10th and this is my belly button birthday. I am so fortunate to be alive and of service both in AA and with Bahai activity.
As Bahai's know we are discouraged (highly recommended) to drink alcohol and take illicit drugs. All we have to do is look around and see why. Today I work with alcoholics/addicts and give workshops on the subject. I gave a workshop for Bahai's in Portland on how to deal with an alcoholic friend, family member, etc. I would like to continue that if needed. Let me know.
To me drinking/drugging was a way to find a 'zone of comfort' a place I felt like I fitted in, a place I felt a part of, a place I felt good---in other words spiritual. When I got sober I found that AA offered a spiritual zone too and so does Bahai. I have all this opportunity to be in the zone and feel spiritual. Again, lucky. Alcoholics drink to feel that spirit. Bahai scholars refer to AA too. We need to be there to help them find that zone. But most alkies have a hard time with the God thing. Either feel guilty or angry or just don't believe. So there is much need to gain knowledge as to how to present the spiritual aspect to this population. Thats where the workshop come in.
I am going to post more later but wanted to start here. So good to be on a Bahai blog and thanks for reading and considering this.