By Alexandra Rose
The twelve steps of Alcoholics Anonymous are what keeps us sober. That is the main ingredient of the AA program. They were made for a reason and not just to read them. Working the steps diligently results in long-term sobriety.
I’ve heard so many people say they go to many meetings though they always end up relapsing. When they are asked if they have worked the steps their reply is always no. Reading them off the wall of a meeting room is not working the steps. Having a sponsor that takes you through the twelve steps as they are outlined in the book of Alcoholics Anonymous is “working the steps.”
Just going to meetings is not going to keep an alcoholic sober. I’ve seen it more times than I can count. Three meetings a day won’t help an alcoholic if they are not actively working the steps. I love it when a speaker shares on this because it is important for the newcomer to know that it is in the steps that we stay sober. A lot of people just want to get off the drugs or stop drinking and not really want to put any work into their sobriety. I like to emphasize this quote a lot, “this program is not for people who want it or need it but for those who do it.”
I go to a meeting at least once a day if not more because I love meetings. Meetings are a major part of sobriety but it is not the only part. I can go to meetings and still feel irritable and discontent which I then call my sponsor. After listening to me he asks, “Where are you in the steps?”
A lot of times I listen to a speaker and I want what they have. Well what they have is the result of the twelve steps of Alcoholics Anonymous. The steps are what saved my life and is what brought me so far. They are eye opening in the fact that I’ve learned so much about myself as a result. I am able to take accountability in my wronged actions, notice my character defects, and repair relationships that I have damaged. Most importantly, I am able to give away what I have learned to another alcoholic and take them through the steps how I was.
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