Welcome to another edition of Daily Reflections.
Today we will be discussing the 12th step of Alcoholics Anonymous, which calls for alcoholics to make themselves available to help other alcoholics.
This can be a difficult step for some, but it is an important one nonetheless. We hope that today’s post will provide you with some insight into how you can best help others in their recovery.
Daily Reflections May 12
A.A. experience has taught us we cannot live alone with our pressing problems and the character defects which cause or aggravate them. If . . . Step Four . . .has revealed in stark relief those experiences we’d rather not remember . . . then the need to quit living by ourselves with those tormenting ghosts of yesterday gets more urgent than ever. We have to talk to somebody about them.TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 55
There is no changing the past, but there’s always a way to change your attitude about it.
And when you’re in recovery as an alcoholic or addict and have done something really bad that can’t be taken back – don’t let yourself fall into depression because all hope isn’t lost!
If we take this opportunity to talk openly with those who’ve gone before us then hopefully they will guide our actions by sharing their wisdom.
What does my future look like if I choose not to give up?
This is not a fairy tale. There are no happy endings here. Alcoholism destroys lives, families and careers much more often than it saves them.
But if you or someone you love suffers from alcoholism, there is hope for recovery with the help of sponsors and other alcoholics who have been through similar struggles in your shoes before.
You can change how you feel about what has happened to you by changing what you do going forward and finding others who will walk alongside you on this journey towards healing and sobriety.
They’ve already experienced everything that might happen to make your life better or worse ahead of time, so they know where pitfalls lie hidden along the way!