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Finding Joy in Service Work

One of the best ways to stay on track in sobriety is to get involved with your local recovery community. The first few suggestions to newcomers is to get a sponsor and join a home group. Having a home group allows one to take on responsibility in early sobriety and provide service to others. Whether greeting people, making coffee, or helping to clean up after the meeting, service work gives us a feeling of commitment and connection to others in recovery.

12-Step recovery is an altruistic movement. We can find a sense of purpose in meaning by sharing the message of recovery with others. Taking up a service position is a great way to begin practicing giving and selflessness. The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous explains, “Helping others is the foundation stone of your recovery. A kindly act once in a while isn’t enough. You have to act the Good Samaritan every day, if need be.” Involvement in the fellowship keeps us in close contact with others who we may help and presents further opportunities to continually safeguard our sobriety by working with other men and women in recovery, especially newcomers.

Recovery, Unity, and Service are the three legacies of Alcoholics Anonymous. Involvement with the community and turning our attention to others in need of help is necessary if we are to maintain our happiness, joyousness, and freedom in sobriety. Being of service can take many forms. According to A.A.’s Legacy of Service by Bill Wilson, “Hence, an A.A. service is anything whatever that helps us to reach a fellow sufferer—ranging all the way from the Twelfth Step itself to a ten-cent phone call and a cup of coffee, and to A.A.’s General Service Office for national and international action. The sum total of all these services is our Third Legacy of Service. Services include meeting places, hospital cooperation, and intergroup offices; they mean pamphlets, books, and good publicity of almost every description. They call for committees, delegates, trustees, and conferences. And, not to be forgotten, they need voluntary money contributions from within the Fellowship.”  However we choose to go about providing service to our program and community, we must always keep in mind that “practical experience shows that nothing will so much insure immunity from drinking as intensive work with other alcoholics. It works when other activities fail.”

Your life doesn’t have to be held back by the chains of addiction. You can make the decision to seek help today and begin building a brighter future. Resilient House, located in beautiful Shreveport, Louisiana, brings together the highest quality behavioral health and addictions specialists, holistic experts, and spiritual guides to help clients develop all the tools necessary to achieve and maintain sobriety. For information about treatment options, please call today: (833) 242-6431