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 principle, and lots of Meetings.
For a while this seemed enough, and indeed these two simple ideas were 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 just for today and do lots of meetings) I think my life must get better and fuller.
You’ve probably heard the chairperson of a meeting say at the end “you may leave these rooms and never drink again”. 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.
So now I had 4 concepts to adhere to;
- Meetings, meetings, meetings
- Don’t drink, one day at a time
- Do the Steps – work the program
- Don’t worry, be happy
Anonymous AA member