…the acts which led to the relapses were preceded by wrong thinking. The patient in each case rationalized himself out of a sense of his own perilous reality. He deliberately
turned away from his knowledge of the fact that he had been the victim of a serious disease. He grew over-confident. He decided he didn’t have to follow directions.
“Slips and Human Nature”, by Dr. William Duncan Silkworth (wrote most of The Doctor’s
Opinion in the AA Big Book)
One fact must be kept in mind, namely, the need to distinguish between submission and surrender.
In submission, an individual accepts reality consciously, but not unconsciously. He or she accepts as a practical fact that he or she cannot at that moment lick reality, but lurking in the unconscious is the feeling, “there’ll come a day”, which
implies no real acceptance and demonstrates conclusively that the struggle is still on.
With submission, which at best is a superficial yielding, tension continues.
Dr. Harry M. Tiebout (early non-alcoholic friend of AA)
I began to listen. Slowly but surely, some wisdom and humility began to creep in.
I became teachable. I found God working all around me
where previously I was sure I had been alone.
When I opened my eyes enough to see the miracle,
I found that it was right in front of my face. I was growing in God’s love.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 430
Dr. Hager graduated from Texas A&M University in 1984 with a B.S. in Microbiology. Graduation from medical school at the University of Texas, Medical Branch in 1988 was followed by completion of psychiatry training there in 1992. He was certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in 1995.
Dr. Hager’s career has spanned military, private practice, state hospital, developmental disability, and correctional settings. While working for Prison Health Services, he served as the Director of Mental Health Services for the Indiana Department of Correction.
Jails proved to be a very active firing line for working with addicts and alcoholics. Dr. Hager’s affinity for this was catalyzed by a strong personal interest in the spirituality of recovery.
In addition to work, Dr. Hager is a member of a local cycling team, does website design, and spends time with a family that stays busy with horse shows, shooting sports, golf and flying.