When I first came to Alcoholics Anonymous I quite quickly grasped the two concepts that have been the foundations of my sobriety, the One Day At A Time (ODAAT) principle, and lots of Meetings.
For a few years this seemed enough, and indeed these two simple ideas are enough to keep me sober. But then I realised that there was more to living than just not drinking. I think this is where the Steps come in as the third concept of AA – recovery. If I follow the Steps (and don’t drink ODAAT and do lots of meetings) I think my life must get better and fuller.
I often heard the chairperson of a meeting say at the end “you may leave these rooms and never drink again, if you so desire”. Someone once added “and be happy about it!” which is where AA is about more than just not drinking, but a better way of life. AA and the Higher Power do not just patch up the old life, but help us develop a new life.
Anonymous AA member