People in recovery in 12 Step Fellowships use various tools at various times in their recovery. Some all the time, some when needed, some only in early recovery. But all tools listed here have proven to be effective at some time if not most times.
1. MEETINGS: We attend meetings to learn how the Program works, and to share our experiences, strengths, and hopes with others. In meetings we learn that our struggles and troubles are not unique, and we gain the hope and assurance that we can recover and grow.
2. SHARING AT MEETINGS: Being honest and vulnerable in front of our peers is frightening but worth it. Many of us believe that we recover in direct proportion to our willingness to share at meetings.
3. TELEPHONING: We use the phone to contact members between meetings.
4. DEVELOPING A SUPPORT SYSTEM: Meeting with other members over coffee to discuss our program shows that we are not alone and allows us to get another perspective on our problems.
5. READING AND WORKING THE STEPS: We read our daily meditation books and other literature to better understand and work the program.
6. SPONSORSHIP: We ask others for help, including our sponsors as well as other members in the Program.
7. BALANCING: To help build balance in our lives, each day we remember to develop personal relationships with persons other than members.
8. READING DAILY LITERATURE: Daily reading of literature can help keep the focus on recovery.
9. SERVICE: We readily extend help to other members, knowing that assistance to others adds to the quality of our own recovery. We seek out and accept service positions such as meeting secretaries, treasurers, coffee-makers, and Twelfth Step phone line.