Barb Rogers has been clean and sober for a long time. And she knows that doesn't make a difference. What makes a difference is that she's clean and sober today. Much of Barb's time goes to conducting meetings and to writing about a simple programme that she and countless men and women around the world credit with not only saving their lives, but helping them reclaim or claim for the first time peace, serenity, and happiness. So what is this programme that people love and praise or loathe and fear? That they avoid or come back to time and time again? Rogers begins by asking, rhetorically: a cult? a curse? a cure? None of the above, though it may feel like it to the addict and his or her family and friends. Rogers speculates that the programme works, at least in part, because it applies to anyone with any kind of addiction problem - pointing out that it's only in Step 1 that people name what they are powerless over - alcohol, marijuana, food, etc. It works because it's ongoing. It works because of its dual focus inward and outward. It works because people recognize that their lives are better for it. It is, as the saying goes, simple, but not always easy.
There is no perfection, there is no process, there is only walking the talk, one day at a time.