Stick With The Winners

on Monday, 05 November 2012. Posted in Voices in Recovery, Breaking News

Sobriety And Recovery

By Alexandra Rose

The phrase “stick with the winners” applies not only in Alcoholics Anonymous (“AA”) but also in every aspect of a person’s life. Hearing this phrase upon entering AA, I was told to hang around the people who are working a program and had something that I wanted and looked up to. Those who sat in the front row, shared about recovery and worked the twelve steps diligently.

As I started to veer away from the program, I noticed my sense of the individuals I kept around me changed into a group of negativity. The goals of my fellows were of nothing I could relate to or want. I even made friendships with those who were “anti-AA” without realizing what I was doing. It wasn’t until I took my blinders off and told myself that I needed to do things differently. I found an amazing sponsor, started to go to new meetings, met different people, and started to work an actual program. I’ve never felt happier.

When I was searching for a new sponsor I started to go to a morning meeting which is now my home group. I saw a group of people in this meeting that sat up front, had great shares, all knew each other, and were regulars at the meeting. I thought to myself, I want to be involved with them because they seem like the winners. As I started to meet each one I realized how serious they were about their sobriety and how welcoming they were to me. When I found my sponsor in this group, I knew I had found the perfect match.

This concept can be used in other areas also. For example, at school I sit up front and I made friends with the students who take the class seriously. The ones who work hard to get good grades like myself, as we also share a common bond of furthering our education. There are always the students who can be disruptive just like there are disruptive people in meetings that I choose not to be around.

It is up to us to take action in developing and maintaining positive energy around us. I absolutely love being sober and I have friends who enjoy it also. Having a positive conversation about sobriety can make my day just right and keep me grateful. Those who know me know I always have a smile on my face and I always try to make others around me happy.


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