Feb. 24, 2014 – Step by Step

Step by Step
Monday, Feb. 24, 2014

Today, I will apply the Program to a wider use by remembering that it is developed not solely to guide us to sobriety but to detect and correct the character flaws that made us drink ourselves into alcoholism. Being dry is all we can expect if the only action we take is to quit drinking; abstinence alone will not earn us the sobriety and peace that the Program promises if we do not uncover, admit and either give up or correct the dysfunctional dynamics of our spiritual and emotional characters. Being dry is a major step forward from our drinking days, but being dry without serenity with ourselves and everyone else puts us at significant risk of relapse if we turn a blind eye to the defective parts of our character. And because simply being dry positions me on the edge of a relapse waiting to happen, my Program will be applied to more than abstaining from drinking and will include what and how I must deal with the defects in my mental, spiritual and emotional characters. And our common journey continues. Step by step. – Chris M., 2014

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