The Promises...of Using1
If we are casual with this ...
If we are casual with this phase of our development,
We are going to know a new imprisonment and a new misery. We will relive the past and won't be able to shut the door on it. We will comprehend the word CONFLICT and we will know PAIN.
No matter how far down the scale we have gone, we will see even lower bottoms. That feeling of uselessness and self-pity will deepen. We will gain interest in selfish things and lose interest in our fellows.
Self-esteem will slip away. Our whole attitude and outlook upon life will SUCK. Fear of people, and of economic insecurity will multiply. We will intuitively know how to run from situations which never used to bother us.
We will suddenly realize that God would never do to us
Are these exaggerated promises? We think not. They are being fulfilled among users, sometimes quickly, sometimes slowly. They will always materialize...if we drink for them.
We have to live it.
1See Big Book pg. 83-84