It started out a day like any other day.
This excellent 1999 interview with Ed Bradley from 60 minutes has held up through the years. In the interview, an unabashedly candid Clapton — clean and sober 12 years by then — pointed his finger at a surprising culprit that paved the way for his brutal addictions: “When I was five, six years old, I was cramming sugar down my throat as fast as I could get it down,” he said. “I became addicted to sugar because it changed the way I felt.”
Watch the whole thing.
Why all this insistence that every A.A. must hit bottom first? The answer is that few people will sincerely try to practice the A.A. program unless they have hit bottom. For practicing A.A.’s remaining eleven Steps means the adoption of attitudes and actions that almost no alcoholic who is still drinking can dream of taking.
— TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p, 24
Hitting bottom opened my mind and I became willing to try something different. What I tried was A.A. My new life in the Fellowship was a little like learning how to ride a bike for the first time: A.A. became my training wheels and my supporting hand. It’s not that I wanted the help so much at the time; I simply did not want to hurt like that again. My desire to avoid hitting bottom again was more powerful than my desire to drink. In the beginning that was what kept me sober. But after a while I found myself working the Steps to the best of my ability. I soon realized that my attitudes and actions were changing—if ever so slightly. One Day at a Time, I became comfortable with myself and others, and my hurting started to heal. Thank God for the training wheels and supporting hand that I choose to call Alcoholics Anonymous.
From the book Daily Reflections
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