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Back on the Beam

After nearly relapsing, she had to turn back to the tools

Lately I have heard the topics "complacency" and "resting on our laurels" discussed in meetings around town. Several years ago, when I got sober after first coming to AA, I was cautioned against taking my sobriety for granted. Those who have guided me in the program stressed the importance of gratitude for each sober day. Sure I had gratitude! No one knew better than I how vicious and merciless this disease could be, I thought. I had been thoroughly convinced, conceding to the conclusions drawn in our first three Steps. I had a nagging fear that I may drink again, but an even more persistent belief that faith and subsequent action could save me from a fate so unfortunately and frequently experienced by so many alcoholics.

My sponsor guided me through the Twelve Steps. We read the literature together, she shared her experience, and directed me in the program of action. She helped me get back on track when it became clear, from time to time, that I had the opportunity to practice the Steps on a wider, deeper scale. After a year or two, the regular practice of Steps One through Twelve had caused a rapid, very dramatic change in my life.

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