Mark, Russ, Spencer, and Joe discuss the Recovery Topic Discipline.
Russ shared his vision of being disciplined by contrasting his being undisciplined when he first came into the program. As a matter of fact, his lack of discipline was a major reason for his coming to the tables. Russ’ first effort at discipline was to make 90 meetings in 90 days, which he accomplished. Russ did this as a pain avoidance mechanism.
Spencer shared from his Al-Anon perspective. Spencer came into the program to get relief from the pain caused by other people’s drinking. His first act of discipline was to make meetings which was followed by a commitment to a group to work the steps with his AWOL (A Way Of Live) group. Making a commitment to a group helped keep him accountable and helped him finish what he started.
Joe shared that he come into the program undisciplined. Joe was happy to hear the slogan “let it go” at first but then learned that discipline was needed to work the steps, get involved in the program, and to become part of the group.