When it comes to staying sober, nothing is simpler, easier or more effective than A.A.’s 24 Hour Plan. We can do for one day what longer would seem impossible. Any alcoholic can put the drink off until tomorrow and practice living sober today.
Each time our fellowship unites and shares the A.A. 24 Hour Plan we give the newer member a practice they can use immediately to stay sober one day at a time. They deserve this simple way out.
We don’t say that we will “never” drink again. Instead, we concentrate on keeping sober just the current twenty-four hours. Here are three simple parts from the A.A. 24 Hour plan:
Today, if we feel the urge for a drink, we don’t give in or resist. Instead, we merely put off taking that particular drink until tomorrow. Putting it off is an act of surrender. By doing this the urge passes and tomorrow never comes because when it does it’s today again and the 24 hour plan repeats.
Next, we ask ourselves if that one drink would be worth ALL the consequences from ALL our past drinking. If we take an honest look we will see that it’s not worth it.
Last, we bear in mind that we are perfectly free to get drunk if we want to, that the decision between drinking and not drinking is entirely up to us- this keeps us accountable and responsible for our own decisions. We bear in mind that no matter how long we may have been dry, we will always be alcoholics — and alcoholics, as far as we know, can never again drink socially or normally.
The meeting is open for 15 minutes for sharing about the A.A. 24 hour plan. The timer is set for 3 minutes. If it beeps please wrap up your share in the next minute. If you already shared in another section you can still share in this one but be mindful that someone who hasn’t shared may want to. The meeting is open.
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