- Don’t Drink, Don’t Drug: This is the foundation of recovery.
- Meetings: Members share their experience, strength and hope as a expression of Fellowship. Meetings give us an opportunity to identify common problems and to share the solution found in the program of recovery.
- Prayer: The Serenity Prayer can be used as a check to see what we can’t do, and what we can do. There are many helpful prayers available.Talk to others to see what they use. Early in recovery, some have found it useful to begin the day with, “Help.” and end the day with, “Thanks.”
- Get a Sponsor: Sponsors are members who have worked the Twelve Steps and are willing to share their experience. To find a sponsor, find a member who has the recovery you want, and ask that person to show how he or she is achieving it by working the steps.
- Work the Twelve Steps with a sponsor: This is the basic program of recovery.
- Phone: The telephone helps us stay connected to the program daily. We share one-to-one and avoid isolation. It is a useful tool with which we learn to reach out, ask for help and extend help to others.
- Practice Honesty: Before recovery, many are in denial, thus the need to practice honesty with others and ourselves. From Bill Wilson, “one requirement for sobriety was ‘rigorous honesty.’” Honesty can get better with practice and become a useful tool for living a better life.
- Remember HOW it works: We often become people we want to be and become wholesome when
- we learn to be Honest
- practice Open-mindedness
- and are Willing
to do what is necessary for recovery
- Remember HALT : When we become
- too Hungry,
- too Angry,
- too Lonely
- too Tired
we often become people we do not want to be and do things we regret.
- Service: Carrying the message to the one who still suffers is the basic purpose of the Fellowship. We are encouraged to do what we can when we can. Any form of service, which helps someone, is valuable.
- Be a Sponsor: Share your experience in Recovery and working the 12 Steps.
- Journal: Putting our thoughts and feelings down on paper helps us to better understand our actions and reactions in a way that is often not revealed to us by simply thinking or talking about them.
- Read and Study Recovery Literature: Alcoholics Anonymous, the AA “Big Book”, and The Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions are where to begin the process. There are many other publications that are useful. A sponsor is a good guide for selection.
- Use the Internet: There are many web sites that offer additional Recovery information. Contacts with others in Recovery can be maintained with emails and social networking services like Facebook and Twitter. A sponsor is a good guide for selection.