When I decided to stop drinking, I knew there were certain steps I had to take to ensure my sobriety. The first step for me was to enter a drug and alcohol rehab where I learned many life-saving tools.
When I completed my stay, I was told to get a sponsor and work the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous.
I was afraid to get a sponsor when I got out, so I never asked anyone for help. Three months later, I relapsed.
After my dangerous and terrible relapse, I finally called someone I looked up to at an AA meeting to be my sponsor.
I started working the 12 Steps immediately, and it brought a sense of peace into my life. I was able to talk to someone who already walked the path I’m walking right now.
I take great comfort in knowing my sponsor has dealt with many issues, feelings, and events that I’m currently dealing with.
When I work the steps with my sponsor, I feel a deeper connection to myself and to the world. I don’t feel alone, scared, and guilty.
Working the steps is cathartic to me. I write my thoughts and feelings on paper, share what’s going on in my life, and talk about my issues.
Sometimes when I feel like my life is spiraling out of control, I call my sponsor to bring me back to reality.
I understand why the steps are written the way they are, because each step builds on each other. I can’t skip around because it won’t make sense.
I know that if I put hard work into the program I’m working, I will see rewards, and I have. My life is a million times better than it was when I drank.
I know how to deal with issues in life with grace, dignity, and a backbone. I don’t have to crawl into a dark corner and drink myself into oblivion.
I’m grateful I found a sponsor I can trust who leads me through the 12 Steps with care. I know that I can face any problems in my life without the crutch of alcohol.
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