“Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.” When the authors of Alcoholics Anonymous, also know as “The Big Book” wrote the twelve steps, they found it was necessary to give time to others. That is how Alcoholics Anonymous, the world famous 12 step group, was formed. On a night of great craving and struggle two men discovered that talking with another alcoholic brought them great comfort. As one founder, Bill Wilson had been guided by another individual, his dear friend, Bill guided Dr. Bob Smith. Finding success and relief on behalf of both of them, they realized that one alcoholic/addict helping another was part of the recipe to sobriety. Recovering alcoholics had to be of service after the service given to them by others helped save their lives.
Volunteering your time, energy, and sobriety is important for more reasons than the fact that the twelve steps suggest it. There are many ways to volunteer in your recovery and many reasons to do so.
Ways to Volunteer in Recovery
Take a commitment at a twelve step meeting like bringing literature, cleaning up, making coffee, giving out tokens, or being a greater. With longer lengths of sobriety you can be a speaker or a secretary and get involved with general service through AA central.
Complete the twelve steps with a sponsor to be of service to them. Sponsorship is a mutual relationship of service. When someone chooses to sponsor you, you are of service to them as much as they are of service to you. You are part of their volunteering in recovery and carrying the message to other alcoholics.
Contribute to your treatment program by coming to alumni events. You are a testimony of your treatment center’s program. Most treatment centers offer opportunities for alumni to come back and speak, sponsor new clients, and even work at the facility.
Reasons to Volunteer in Recovery
Volunteering means you are creating a relationship with another person based on service. You are expected to be accountable for that relationship and keep up to your responsibilities. As an accountability partner to that individual, you are inspired to stay sober. When you volunteer your time, you are giving away something important to you, which will encourage you to make that time more worthwhile. Volunteering boosts your confidence and self-esteem because doing good for others makes you feel good about yourself. You have a lot to offer with even a short amount of time in recovery. Many days, weeks, and months of recovery is more than no time in recovery. For every second more of living sober you have than someone else, you are a valuable asset in their life.
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