“You will be bound to them with new and wonderful ties, for you will escape disaster together and will commence shoulder to shoulder your common journey. Then you will know what it means to give of yourself that others may survive and rediscover life. You will learn the full meaning of “love thy neighbor as thyself. “It may seem incredible that these men are to become happy, respected, and useful once more. How can they rise out of such misery, bad repute and hopelessness? The practical answer is that since these things have happened among us, they can happen with you. Should you wish them above all else, and be willing to make use of our experience, we are sure they will come. The age of miracles is still with us. Our own recovery proves that!”- Pg.-153 A Vision For You from the big book of Alcoholics Anonymous
There is nothing that compares to the feeling that comes with seeing someone that has asked for alcohol addiction help finally “get it”, watch the fog clear, and the light come on. It is amazing to know what an incredible life in sobriety that that person has to look forward to and that you get to share that with them to see someone struggle or experience those feelings of helplessness that can come up at times in early sobriety and walk through things like going through a drug addiction detox, AA meetings, 30 day rehab program, or other new experiences and still stay sober is rewarding beyond words. As it says in the big book “Practical experience shows that nothing will so much insure immunity from drinking as intensive work with other alcoholics.” It is imperative that we continue passing on the solution that was so freely given to us because if we stop then not only would we miss out on this amazing opportunity but the fellowship would suffer greatly as well.