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Editorial October 2016

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A while back I overheard someone tell another member at a meeting that he doesn’t, “need to bother with all this Step stuff or the Programme because that’s for other people – all I am worried about is not drinking!”

I resisted the very obvious temptation to stick my two-pennies worth in for two reasons: it was a private conversation, of which I wasn’t party to; and I wanted to reflect on what I had heard before jumping in.  A few weeks later, the member who had uttered those immortal words decided that he didn’t need to bother with meetings or other AA members either – he was last seen (by me) staggering down a busy high street, bottle in hand, in the early morning. A lesson for us all, I am sure.

In my own case, as I have shared before here, I chose to limit my own progress for some years by choosing not to leap onto the ladder of recovery. Instead, I was clinging on to the lower rungs with increasing desperation: physically sober but not spiritually or emotionally well. Nothing had really changed. And in this month’s issue we have several stories of members doing the same as me. Like me, they are very happy to admit the dangers of restricting one’s recovery, and they are just as keen to encourage others not to do the same.

Also this month, we have a new column – Speaker’s Corner. One of our members, Kevin from Coventry, has sent in his thoughts on each of our Traditions. We will serialise these each month but we will happily include other snippets of wisdom in the column. So please do put pen to paper and join Kevin in Speaker’s Corner! Enjoy this issue– and remember: the only limit to recovery is ourselves.