Loneliness and isolation along with denial, are among the top killers of addicts. Part of the disease of addiction is its thirst for stripping the addict of all of her relationships, one by one, until no one is left to stand by the addict’s side. Together we succeed and enjoy sobriety and peace, but alone we might slowly die. It is much more fun to live recovery with friends, than to try and do it by ourselves.
Recovery is a “we program” not a “me program”. Alone we die, but together we live victoriously.
In Chapter 5, The big book prefaces the steps with
“Here are the steps we took, which are suggested as a program of recovery:” Therefore, it is implied that all the steps begin with we.
The foreword to the 3rd edition of the “big book” says
“? at its core it remains simple and personal. Each day, somewhere in the world, recovery begins when one alcoholic talks with another alcoholic, sharing experience, strength, and hope.
So at the core of the recovery program are at least two alcoholics, not one.
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What does “This is a we program” mean to you?
How do we find recovery from sharing our experience, strength and hope? Why is this effective?
Did you ever experience a sense of relief that you are no longer alone?
First meeting: no longer alone (I was “one more”)
What is your experience with the “we” of the program?
How are Open Talks part of the “We” of the program?
What is your experience with the slogan “If you want what we have?”
A sponsor is part of the “we” of the program, what is your experience?
A higher power is part of the “we” of the program, what is your experience?
Service work is part of the “we” of the program, what is your experience?
Sponsoring people is part of the “we” of the program.
12-step work is part of the “we” of the program, what is your experience?
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What would you say to the new guy?
How has the fellowship helped your program?