Basic advice sometimes given to flustered newcomers who don’t know what to do. To not drink is the first, necessary part of recovery. My mind, under the influence, could not absorb anything or advance in any way. “The disease that tells you you don’t have a disease” comes to mind. It’s like a part of me wanted desperately to keep drinking, and it would not stop for any kind of reason. With alcohol in me, it didn’t matter what I believed or didn’t believe. I was bound to go for more.
Going to meetings begins to put in place all the other changes and learning that are needed for recovery. At meetings we hear instructions. We hear what people have tried and experienced. We hear from other alcoholics. That has always been an essential part of the program. Sometimes people who cannot recover given treatments and medicines and therapy can recover when given the experience of someone just like them. Meetings are where the people are. The people who can help me and the people who need my help.