The important thing is that you don’t consider yourself to be your own Higher Power, because your own best thinking found your bottom for you.

-Roger Ebert

The above quote from Roger Ebert is troublesome and it reflects a common view among AA members.  Ebert says that “your own best thinking found your bottom for you”. When I think of the choices I made back when I was abusing drugs and alcohol I would NEVER characterize it as my best thinking – to do so would be to severely underestimate myself, and seriously inhibit growth and progress.  It was my worst thinking. I learned that I was capable of making smarter choices, I proceeded to do so, and I’ve been free of substance abuse ever since.

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