The Awesomeness of Recovery
Undoubtedly there are more than three reasons that recovery is awesome but I’m going to take my top three favorites. I’m not even going to use “being sober” as one of those reasons because, let’s be honest, not everyone that’s sober is in recovery. You know who I’m talking about, they are so dry you don’t want to light a match around them lest they burst into flames. Father Martin (Chalk Talk excerpt) used to say you could always tell a dry drunk, not by looking at them, but by looking at the people around them because they’ll be walking on eggshells.
So let’s look at some awesomeness!
The feeling of being part of something bigger than ourselves. The connectedness that you have being around a group of people in recovery is sometimes a palpable feeling. Have you ever walked into a room and saw your friends in recovery and your heart just swells? We share a common problem but more importantly we share a common solution. We are on this path together. These are real friendships! You know that these people have your back no matter what. You can share your problems, cry on their shoulders, share your good news and know you have a group of prayer warriors in your corner.
We have a way of life that is outlined for us in our recovery literature through the 12 steps. Who else out there gets a manual for living with directions in it? Not many other groups, that I know of (there could be a few out there). We have “promises” that always materialize if we work for them. Can you imagine if a cancer patient’s doctor told them that once they did their program (chemo/radiation) that the fear of financial insecurity would leave them? No. We are a blessed group of people because alcoholism and addiction is the only disease that when you go into “remission” you do not return to your original state of being, rather you become a better version of yourself!
No one tells you what that is. It’s personal to you, but when you tap into that source of spiritual Power the feeling is indescribable. The 12 steps say, “Having had a spiritual experience as the results of the steps…” Whoa! Stop right there. Let’s spin that around. As the result of the steps I’m going to have a spiritual experience, right? Yup! That’s what it’s saying. For thousands of years people have been trying to find ways to get closer to their Higher Power and in 1939 an outline was finally provided for people to do just that. It’s pretty much a guarantee. It happened to me and as a person who has sponsored over 70 women, I know that it happens repeatedly (if they work the steps…you can’t make anyone willing).
What does all of this have to do with A2WG? This is an Ann Arbor Women’s Group blog, right? This is the way I see it… I’ve been involved with A2WG for almost 5 years. I have been to many A2WG events, coordinated and led events and made many GREAT friends as a result of being involved with this group.
Take Recovery to the Next Level
I see A2WG as recovery on steroids. It’s like taking your recovery to the next level. You meet so many great women and you get to really spend time with them (meetings only last an hour). We do fun events like picnics and going to the theater or workshops and retreats which expand our personal growth. We like to incorporate the 12 steps into our retreats too. The Women’s Recovery Retreat is on a lake in beautiful Port Huron are the personal growth and bonding is an experience you won’t want to miss.
A2WG events focus on body, mind and spirit and we dive deep and do it TOGETHER. There is unity, a program and spirituality involved to the nth level! If you’ve never been to one of our events, please come. You won’t regret it! Look under the events section of the website to see what’s coming up.
Peace, Love & Sobriety,