I want the hand of A.A. always to be there. And for that: I am responsible."
|"At the moment
we are trying to put our lives in order. But this is not an end in itself.
Our real purpose is to fit ourselves to be of maximum service to God and
the people about us..."
"Suppose now you are making your second visit to a man. He has read this volume and says he is prepared to go through with the Twelve Steps of the program of recovery. Having had the experience yourself, you can give him much practical advice. Let him know you are available if he wishes to make a decision and tell his story, but do not insist upon it if he prefers to consult someone else.
He may be broke and homeless. If he is, you might try to help him about getting a job, or give him a little financial assistance. But you should not deprive your family or creditors of money they should have. Perhaps you will want to take the man into your home for a few days. But be sure you use discretion. Be certain he will be welcomed by your family, and that he is not trying to impose upon you for money, connections, or shelter. Permit that and you only harm him. You will be making it possible for him to be insincere. You may be aiding in his destruction rather than his recovery.
these responsibilities, but be sure you are doing the right thing if you
assume them. Helping others is the foundation stone of your recovery. A
kindly act once in a while isn't enough. You have to act the Good Samaritan
every day, if need be. It may mean the loss of many nights' sleep, great
interference with your pleasures, interruptions to your business. It may
mean sharing your money and your home, counseling frantic wives and relatives,
innumerable trips to police courts, sanitariums, hospitals, jails and asylums.
Your telephone may jangle at any time of the day or night. Your wife may
sometimes say she is neglected. A drunk may smash the furniture in your
home, or burn a mattress. You may have to fight with him if he is violent.
Sometimes you will have to call a doctor and administer sedatives under
his direction. Another time you may have to send for the police or an ambulance.
Occasionally you will have to meet such conditions."
-- Alcoholics Anonymous, pp. 77, 97