It is suggested in AA and NA both that we attend ninety meetings in ninety days. Is it true? Must we go to that many meetings? If we are a full blow addict or alcoholic then yes! It takes at least that much time to connect with enough people to learn the program.
We should start chairing meetings at thirty days sober; if that’s not do-able then we should start participating in meetings in some way that holds us accountable and responsible to be there regularly. We can clean the meeting room or set up chairs, or make coffee or buy food and bring it regularly. The key is to get involved, get a sponsor of our choosing and start formally working the steps thoroughly and truthfully.
Having completed the 12 steps, when not if we get upset and miserable or bored enough to want to drink and drug again; we implement what we have learned in the steps to keep us sober. The goal is to obtain a “psychic change”. What that means is our thinking becomes like that of a non-addict. Psychic change means we no longer see abusing ourselves as a solution to misery. Our eyes are opened.
If a Higher Power is not included in our program then we will in no way get the supernatural boost we need to stay sober and be happy. The good news is that everyone no matter how evil or how sick he is has access to a Higher Power. All we need do is seek with our heart and sit back and watch what we find.
Yes the program involves a lot of work. However life involves a lot of work anyway, whether we stay sober or not. We can work toward our demise or work toward our healing and salvation.
Our choices are our responsibility, we are not on a roller coaster that takes all our choices away…we DO have choices today.
Today I will make the right choice by going to a meeting.