Perhaps I can help another.
There are those, too, who suffer from grave emotional and mental disorders. How many times I have heard this at AA? Now when I get called on to speak I quote page 133 of the Big Book:
"God has abundantly supplied this world with fine doctors, psychologists, and practitioners of various kinds. Do not hesitate to take your health problems to such persons." I mention that there are about 50 12step programs listed on Wikipedia, and when asked, I always mention Internet-of-the-mind.com
I have a 40year chip from AA in my pocket next to a 2year chip from SAA.
Father left when I was six, mother was a falling down drunk with whom I lived the next 10 years. From 6 to 8 the neighbor girls that took care of me liked to play hospital and touch my body. That was where I got my only attention. Is it any wonder that I grew up exposing myself when ever I felt stressed or abandoned? Not to shock but to offer myself for amusement. To be wanted and accepted.
A psychic change came about at the moment I was handcuffed in my own living room in front of my wife. My wife said I smiled as if I was happy.
Soon I will finish court ordered therapy & counseling but nothing has helped me as much as cognitive therapy and this web site. I also attend two SAA meetings each week.
Age 70. I told the judge that I want to get well before I die of old age.
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