David Cassidy talks to Piers Morgan about his regret and fight against alcoholism. David Cassidy says,”It’s very humbling and also humiliating”.
David Cassidy was ordered to 90 days of rehab and 5 years probation following his last DUI offense in Florida. At 63 years of age, David Cassidy, a television legend and entertainment icon is trying to get sober. He says now that if he has one more drink he will be dead–physically, spiritually, mentally and emotionally.
David’s wife filed for divorce just weeks after he was charged with his 3rd driving under the influence of alcohol charge, and their family home is on the market to be sold.
Despite all his recent setbacks, Cassidy said he recently had a life-altering “spiritual experience.”
A Spiritual Experience
According to CNN David said, “I dropped to my knees and I felt something go through me that was like, I felt this experience that was just, thank you God. I felt this relief. I begged it and I was crying and weeping like a little boy, like a, like a sobbing little infant, like I’m sure I did many times as a kid. And I felt this incredible sense of relief because I stopped lying to myself.”
Alcoholics Anonymous & A Psychic Change
The way the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous started was with a messenger. The messenger was Rowland H. He was the man who carried the message to Ebby T., and then Ebby T. carried the message to Bill W. The message was about the psychic change that had finally occurred with Rowland H. and transformed him from a hopeless alcoholic to a sober man.
Rowland H.- AA History
Rowland was a man born to a prominent family in 1881. He went to Yale and by all accounts today he would be considered a man raised with a silver spoon in his mouth.
We know that in 1931 he was under the care and treatment of Dr. Carl Jung in Zurich, Switzerland. On page 26 of the “Big Book” we find this insight into Rowland’s battle with alcohol: “For years he had floundered from one sanitarium to another. He had consulted the best known American psychiatrists.” This statement leads us to believe that several years prior to 1931 Rowland and his family recognized he had an alcohol problem. Ebby T., who carried the message to Bill W. had this to say about Rowland: “I was very much impressed by his drinking career, which consisted of prolonged sprees where he traveled all over the country.”
After telling Rowland H. that he could never regain his position in society, Dr. Carl Jung the renowned Swiss psychiatrist was asked, “Is there no exceptions?” “Yes,” replied Dr. Jung, “there is. Exceptions to cases such as yours have been occurring since early times. Here and there, once in a while, alcoholics have had what are called vital spiritual experiences.”
He went on to describe a spiritual experience as “To me these occurrences are phenomena. They appear to be in the nature of huge emotional displacements and rearrangements. Ideas, emotions, and attitudes which were once the guiding forces of the lives of these men are suddenly cast to one side, and a completely new set of conceptions and motives begin to dominate them” (pages 26/27 in the “Big Book” Alcoholics Anonymous).
The doctor admitted his failure in bringing about this psychic change and darkened Rowland’s hope that his past strong religious convictions could alone bring on a “vital spiritual experience”.
The Oxford Groups
Shortly thereafter, Rowland H. joined the Oxford Groups, an evangelical movement then at the height of its success in Europe. Their large emphasis was focused upon the principles of self-survey, confession, restitution, and the giving of oneself in service to others. They strongly stressed meditation and prayer. In these surroundings, Rowland H. did find a conversion experience that released him for the time being from his compulsion to drink.
Of all the contributions Rowland and his famous family made none has had a more far reaching impact than his unselfish effort in sobering up one Ebby T. If not the first, certainly one of the earliest Twelve Step calls. It opened the door to millions of hopeless alcoholics the opportunity to get sober.