Someone challenged me recently, saying they had heard that the Twelve Step program, AA, is not so helpful. On one level, they are right. Some people who come into the rooms of Al-Anon and AA fail to find recovery, and go back out.
Not all diseases yield to treatments. But those who are willing to work the 12-step program, daily, find help.
If we keep doing the same thing over and over, we get the same results, even if we had hoped for a change, right?
But, for those who let go absolutely of our old ideas of controlling other people — and our own drinking – we can find a daily reprieve from the insanity alcoholism is — our own, or others’.
I am sorry I did not completely let go sooner of some attitudes and habits. For too long, I chose to live by self-propulsion when prayer and surrender would have been smarter.
But God is patient, gracious, and lets nothing – even heartbreaking lessons – go to waste. His compassions are new every morning. Therefore, I am confident in saying the program works, if we work it.
Accepting His ways; understanding His ways are not mine, and practicing faith in His strength changes me even in the midst of people and situations that do not change. Alcoholism is cunning, baffling and powerful– without help, without God, it is too much for us!
How goes it with you, dear reader? Who or What works for you?
Love in Christ,
Sober and Grateful
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