Membership in AA, NA or OA is not like being on an installment plan. It’s not as if we put in our months or years of not drinking or drugging and then are suddenly and magically cured. Just the opposite. We recognize that our commitment to the program must be a lifelong one. We say one day at a time regarding abstinence, but this accumulation of “days” must be until we breathe our last breathe. Any other course of action is a prescription for disaster. So many of our fellowship felt they could now handle that one drink, one toke or one sugar hit; and found to their dismay that they were right back where they started from.
Lucky for us this is the case. Since we are committed to working the program for a lifetime, we might actually have a chance of impacting some of our character defects. We have come to accept that defects like anger, fear, shame, guilt and resentment are deeply ingrained within us. To truly significantly alter any of these traits, all of the tools of the program must be utilized. When we falter, rather than giving up in discouragement we acknowledge the defect and make amends where necessary. May we all have a long life so that we can do the necessary personal transformative work.
Personal Reflection: Do I want health and longevity for the right reasons?