MAINTENANCE

Definition of Maintenance:
the process of preserving a condition or situation or the state of being preserved.
Synonyms of Maintenance:
preservation, conservation, continuity, keeping up, prolongation, perpetuation, etc.

These notes are from recovery in AA and/or related 12 step programs.
Readers are encouraged to click external links for more detail.
We hope you find them helpful.
Love in fellowship.

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For alcoholics, it is dangerous to let the problem with alcohol slide out of view. It is important to keep in mind at all times the life-or-death nature of our drinking problem.

Even if we are not totally successful in dealing with our feelings or establishing harmonious relationships, it’s always necessary to stay sober. Disaster is in that first drink –Walk In Dry Places/Mel B. 19/09 | More…

Our newly found faith serves as a firm foundation for courage in the future. We need to remember that our recovery program is the foundation upon which our new lives are built. Each day, we must renew our commitment to recovery, maintaining that as our top priority. –Just For Today | More…

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By confirming the principles we’ve learned in recovery, life’s challenges give us increased strength. Without such challenges, however, we could forget what we’ve learned and begin to stagnate.

These are the opportunities that prod us to new spiritual awakenings. We (will) find that there is often a period of rest after each crisis, giving us time to get accustomed to our new skills. Once we’ve reflected on our experience, we are called on to share our knowledge with someone who is studying what we’ve just learned. –Just for Today | More…

It is easy to become sloppy in our abstinence and in our program. This is where a daily inventory is an invaluable aid.

The time to correct small mistakes is immediately, before they get bigger and make us discouraged. Admitting the mistake to another person clears the way for correction and change. –Food For Thought | More…

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Our spiritual nature must be nurtured. Prayer and meditation lovingly kindle the flame that guides us from within.

For most of us, the flame burned low, or not at all, for many years. We can listen to the voice of our higher power in others.

We can listen, too, as we carry the message.
Prayer surrounds us every moment.

We can fuel our inner flame with the messages received from others. We can let our spirit spring forth; let it warm our hearts and the hearts of others. –Each Day a New Beginning/Karen Casey | More…

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If, after a period of time, we find ourselves in trouble with our recovery, we have probably stopped doing one or more of the things that helped us in the earlier stages of our recovery.

Conceit and complacency can land us in deep trouble. When we find that “applying the principles” on our own power just isn’t working, we can practice what worked for us in the beginning: surrender. –Just For Today | More…

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