We have ceased fighting anything, even alcohol.
How I wish that it was true for me, and more than an ideal. I have ceased fighting alcohol, that is true, but I fight other things.
For me there is surrender, as in giving up the fight against alcohol. I believe it had won before I ever drank it. All the time I spent trying to drink it successfully was denial on my part that I had lost. When I surrendered to that, I was able to give it up, and so I had the only victory over it that is possible for me.
I also had to surrender to the program. I tried to give up drinking without the program, and I tried the program without truly admitting defeat from alcohol, and I tried to take part of the program and leave the rest. My experience is that I was desperate, truly desperate and, I believe dying, until I surrendered to the program, gave up alcohol and began to live a life that works.
And my own personal miracle is that after a time I came to want AA and what it offered, and I wouldn’t give it up if I could. Which I can’t.