“Religion is for those who are scared of hell, and spirituality is for those who have been there.” Bonnie Raitt

Bonnie Raitt (November 8, 1949, Burbank, California) is a singer from the United States. She was considered the 89th best guitarist of all time by the American magazine Rolling Stone. Bonnie was a 10-grammy winner in her career.

Raitt used alcohol and drugs, but began psychotherapy and joined Alcoholics Anonymous in the late 1980s. She has said "I thought I had to live that partying lifestyle in order to be authentic, but in fact if you keep it up too long, all you're going to be is sloppy or dead". She became clean in 1987. She has credited Stevie Ray Vaughan for breaking her substance abuse, saying that what gave her the courage to admit her alcohol problem and stop drinking was seeing that Stevie Ray Vaughan was an even better musician when sober. She has also said that she stopped because she realized that the "late night life" was not working for her. In 1989 she said "I really feel like some angels have been carrying me around. I just have more focus and more discipline, and consequently more self-respect."


I heard this phrase almost 4 years ago, right after I joined A.A.

It was very meaningful and made a lot of sense to me, although at the time I didn't know its origin.

After discovering one of the people who had quoted it, it all made sense.

Really “I was in this hell” and I discovered in A.A. that spirituality had nothing to do with religion, but with the true transformation generated by self-knowledge, it truly brings me balance day by day to face reality with Peace and Serenity. I am very grateful to A.A.



Keep a strong connection with your PERSONAL Higher Power. This can be the fellowship, Love, a traditinal notion of God, living a good life, psychoanalysis, cognitive behavioral therapy, whatever keeps you clean and sober. Keep connecting and reconnecting if you disconnect. Make this a lifelong practice day by day, even when you are doing well, because addiction is a sneaky, lifelong disease.