There are two types of insecurities that run me around: self-doubt, and disease-doubt. What’s disease-doubt? I just made it up. It’s the feeling I get when someone questions my alcoholism.
Self-doubt is what makes me feel inept, and fuels the “why even try” attitude; it’s in the same category as low self-esteem. Fortunately, AA has been teaching me how to counteract insecurities by becoming a better person and finding out what the hokey pokey is all about.
Disease-doubt stems from a very specific source: an old friend. Every once in a while, a former partner in crime will waltz back into my life and say/ask in response to my sobriety:
“But you’re not an alcoholic?”
In the beginning, I had the same reasoning as said friends; I was a happy drunk, and for the most part, a party animal. What they didn’t know was that I hated myself, and what I didn’t know was why I hated myself.
I want to be sober, but when my decision is disputed by someone I care about, I doubt my disease. (Disease-doubt!) It makes me feel foolish for being in AA, and throws my program for a loop.
In the right wrong state of mind, (that sounds weird) it’s easy to say:
“I wasn’t a daily drinker!”
(Never mind that I had to ask a friend every morning whether or not I had to be embarrassed of the night before.)
And then I’ll compare my coke habits to George Jung.
“I almost never did coke by myself!”
(Never mind that I’d go home with strangers, meet drug dealers in trailer parks, wait in parking lots for hours on end, and spend money I did not have.)
When I start making stupidly irrational justifications, I go to this quote for clarity:
“Alcoholism is 90% thinking, 10% drinking.”
No matter how bad, or not bad my substance abuse was there’s no refuting the fact that I can walk into an AA meeting, anywhere, and people in the room will understand, 100% of the time; we all speak the same language.
Speaking of language, they might even understand my new awesomely self-explanatory phrase “disease-doubt.”
(I googled group understanding and this is what came up…looks like AA to me.)