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Why bother attending ga / putting back into my recovery?
The reason I still attend GA after 24 years off of a bet is that I got to 24 years off a bet by attending meetings. The reason I try to give back is that it works, the more I give the more I get back. Those who don't go to meetings also don't get to hear what happens to those who don't attend meetings.

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smartie Wrote:Why bother?

The thought crosses my head regularly. I've got 8 years of recovery in GA. I attend GA meetings regularly for me, keep busy with my recovery and have got a great life now. Can't I just stop attending GA or putting back into the fellowship...particularly when I feel my efforts go unappreciated sometimes.

However I happened to come across an article on a loop i take part in which reminded me that service and giving back step 12 is something I do for myself and my recovery.

Service is the ultimate tool in my tool kit!!

My sharing contributes to me supporting GA and for me to stay abstinent I need GA and its groups to attend and that's why I do service. It doesn't matter what other people do, it only matters what I do on my side of the street. I also remind myself that if no-one had put in service and been at a GA meeting for me when I first attended - would I have got recovery? Would I have hope in my life?

Why do I bother to use the tools? Because I know what my life was like before I found the tools. Too much misery and discomfort and self-pity and shame. I could go on and on. The bottom line is, GA works. IF you work it. And for me, that means accessing the tools.

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Re: Why bother attending ga / putting back into my recovery? - by Guest - 27-11-2011, 02:00 PM

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