Get Involved From The Get-Go

“Practical experience shows that nothing will so much insure immunity from drinking as intensive work with other alcoholics” (Alcoholics Anonymous page. 89)
When I first surrendered to the program I was told from the beginning that I could never say no to AA and I didn’t quite understand what my mentors meant by that. I eventually learned that AA saved my life and without it I would not have a life. Without the program’s design for living, I would not have been able to heal relationships that were so badly damaged. I wouldn’t have the strength, courage or a solution to the problems created while I was using. Now when I am asked to do service work, I accept without a second thought. Even when I only had a few weeks sober, it was suggested that I arrive to an AA meeting 15 minutes before it started and say hello to people, smile, be a greeter and introduce myself to someone new, and that’s considered service. Reading, sharing or even cleaning up the meeting room afterward is considered service. You don’t need to have months or years of sobriety to be involved in the program, doing these small acts of kindness known as service work will put you right in the middle of AA.
Being sober is a life or death proposition for me so if service can ensure my sobriety, then I feel this is a small price to pay for a life free of drugs and alcohol.

A Co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous. The birth of our Society dates from his first day of permanent sobriety, June 10, 1935.
To 1950, the year if his death, he carried the A.A.message to more than 5,000 alcoholic men and women, and to all these he gave his medical services without thought of charge.
In this prodigy of service, he was well assisted by Sister Ignatia at St. Thomas Hospital in Akron, Ohio.
One of the greatest friends our fellowship will ever know. (171 the Big Book)


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