For alcoholics/addicts, picking up the first drink/drug is a VIOLENT act. Rape is not sexual; it is violent. Alcohol is not pleasurable or sensual, it is violent. We addicts injure, traumatize, abuse others as much as we hurt ourselves when we use. We emotionally, intellectually, and physically harm our children, spouses, parents, friends, neighbors, and ourselves. Using is an act of selfish violence tantamount to physical and mental abuse.
Today, I resolve not to drink, drug or act out in slavery to any addiction because I do not want to do a violent act. I do not want to abuse anyone, especially those I love. Today, if I am tempted to use, I will tell myself I do not want to be a rapist.