Fellowship is incredibly important. Surrounding yourself with others who understand you and are working toward the same goal of lasting sobriety is priceless. But fellowship alone will not keep you sober. I made the mistake of relying solely on regular attendance at meetings. While that is an important part of my journey, I have realized that there has been something missing.
Faith… I’m still working on this one, but I know that if I don’t work on my relationship with my Higher Power, I am doomed. I have proven to myself that I cannot do this alone. So one would think that if I can’t do it alone, the fellowship would help, and it does, to a point. But once I moved across the country, removing myself from the fellowship I had come to rely on, I let it all slip away.
Sure, there were other things that contributed to my relapse. However, I have realized that if there was more to my AA program than fellowship, it wouldn’t have mattered in what state I was living. As is written in the Big Book…
“See to it that your relationship with Him is right…and great events will come to pass for you and countless others. This is the Great Fact for us.”
~ Paige Loveland