Sunday, 19 November 2017

WALK IN DRY PLACES #essentialsofrecovery


IS THERE BONDAGE IN ATTENDING MEETINGS?

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A few critics have noted scornfully that AA members can be as enslaved by the need for meetings as we were by the bottle. Are we compulsively addicted to meetings?

When we hear such remarks, we must remember that our survival in sobriety is always the main issue. We might be going to more meetings than seems necessary, but we are the judges of our own needs.

In addition, meeting attendance is a constructive activity, while drinking was destructive—at least for us. If we’re going to overdo something, at least it’s an activity that helps us.

We should never consider meeting attendance a form of bondage. There are many activities in life that are required for our peace and freedom. Meeting attendance is one of these things. We can be grateful for the opportunities meetings provide for sharing our personal experiences. No criticism should be allowed to intrude on this.

I’ll not let outside criticism interfere with any AA activity that is benefiting me and maintaining my sobriety.

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