I suppose it is tempting, if the only tool you have is a hammer, to treat everything as if it were a nail – Abraham Maslow (ref)
I have not been to an AA meeting for about six weeks, and I am not feeling bad about that. My recovery is based in trying to live the Twelve Steps of AA – none of those steps mandate regular meeting attendance. Yet I also know that in the future, I will attend AA meetings, perhaps with a good bit of regularity, as I have done in the past.
I view AA meetings as a recovery tool. Other recovery tools include writing this post, commenting on other folks blog posts, being of service to other addicts, being of service to non-addicts, reading recovery literature, reading non-recovery literature, being accountable for my actions on a daily basis, being mindful and intentional, going to church, not going to church, writing a gratitude list, to name a few. A common theme I find in all of these recovery tools is that they allow/force me to get out of myself.
I enjoy knowing that there are many tools that are essential for my recovery. On my recovery road there are many that are tried and true, like:
- Whenever I go to a recovery meeting, I learn something, whether for the better or worse, that is useful in my life.
- Whenever I have perform any type of “service work” my recovery is enhanced.
- Whenever I start reading the Twelve and Twelve on page 1, the solution to any issue I face is addressed before completing the Twelfth Step reading.
- Whenever I write anything, whether a gratitude list, blog post, comment on a blog post, journal entry, essay, or fiction I receive insights on my recovery path.
- Whenever I share my experience, strength, and hope, whether directly in recovery, or simply living life on life’s terms, my recovery is enhanced.
Sometimes the hammer works, but sometimes another tool is needed. What are your go to recovery tools?