Thomas Edison said “The successful person makes a habit of doing what the failing person doesn't like to do.”  Clancy I., an AA speaker with over 50 years of sobriety, boils recovery down to “One addict, talking to another addict to get him (or her) to take ACTIONS which they may not yet believe in.”


Recovery is hard work, there is no chapter in the big book titled “Into Thinking”, it is titled “Into Action”.  The steps aren’t called step “thinking” they are called step “WORK”.  And so when you come into the world of recovery, you will need to put forth some effort, to take some action, and … to have some faith.


Ahhhh, that word “faith”, for many it can be a scary thing.  Rest assured that it does not have to be.  In its simplest form, faith simply means believing in something you cannot see.  Surely, we all have faith.  We all breathe in air we cannot see, use electricity we cannot see and express and receive love we cannot see.  In recovery, you just will be asked to exercise your “faith muscle” in new ways.  It isn’t hard.  It isn’t going to hurt.  Nobody is going to force anything on you.  You will be given plenty of space and chances to form your own faith.  One that works for you.  Faith can simply be listening to people and doing things you would not have done before to get you out of the situation which brought you into recovery.


So, you need Faith and Action; but, sometimes individuals in early recovery can get comfortable, get “stuck”.  For many, they are clean for the first time in a long time with a place to live and a future with healthy prospects.  Action is frightening because it may mean change away from that comfortable spot. Any change may be viewed negatively.  People naturally start to resist action.  This may look like ;not wanting to go to a meeting, or not doing a chore, or not calling a sponsor, or not looking for work, or…….  The good news is, part of treatment in recovery is that you will have people guiding you and showing you what action means….to help you stay moving….to help you NOT get stuck.  Professionals that have been trained to lead you and people that have done it before.  These people are there to help set you on a lifelong journey free from the horrible anxiety, free from the depression, free from the lieing, free from running, free from the demons.


If you are contemplating recovery, take that leap.  IF you are willing to put forth the effort you will join the millions of individuals in recovery who have found a life that is TRULY happy, joyous and free.  


If you are in recovery and in a place where you find yourself “stuck” or “stagnant” or just dreading taking action, remember “It is easy to let up on the spiritual program of ACTION and rest on our laurels, WE ARE HEADED FOR TROUBLE IF WE DO.”  Get into action.  One small step is all that is needed.  Go for it!!!!


-Jim Joy


“There are risks and costs to a program of action. But they are far less than the long-range risks and costs of comfortable inaction.” – John F. Kennedy