In the past, I was the king of half-measures. I knew I was a drug addict, but I didn't believe alcohol was a drug. So about 11 months ago, I decided to stop using drugs and start drinking. I'll be completely honest, life did get better, and in my eyes I was doing the right thing. I still did things dishonestly, I was running on self will, I got a girl drunk, got laid and I thought I was the man. I still cheated on a test here and there, I thought was better than everyone, I was convinced my will was supreme. Things seemed better than they had been in years, but I was fooling myself, I was trying to teach myself how to walk through life on life's terms. For an addict like me, that's not possible. Then I relapsed to drugs, and hit an all time low. This is the worst pain I've EVER experienced, I couldn't use enough drugs to mask the pain. Well, after that I walked through the doors of Narcotics Anonymous, and my life began to change dramatically. I now have a support system, and work honesty in my life, and it makes a huge difference. Not only that, I no longer run on self-will, my Higher Power puts awesome things in my path. The time has come when I am getting laid again, except this time I have 7 months clean full of awesome life experience under my belt. So I sit back and take perspective, and one thing comes to my mind, half-measures availed us nothing. My life is far greater than it ever has been, God's will for me beat's self-will's ass ... If you are in a position where you are considering walking through the doors of a 12-step program ... get there as fast as you can, and anounce yourself as a newcomer and begin to tackle life on life's terms ... it will save you a lot of pain if you avoid half-measures. If you care to share about attempted half-measures, tell us about how it worked out. Thanks for reading.