I was reminded by the Reflection portion of today's Daily Reflection.Tradition Five: Each group has but one primary purpose—to carry its message to the alcoholic who still suffers.
I got sober in face-to-face AA and continue 90% of my Program actively f2f. Writing here - writing in general is sort of a spiritual practice - my daily activity/maintenance. I sought out the Daily reflections online since it seemed coffee and the internet were inherently connected. I KNEW I needed a daily practice. E-aa is NOT the only place to find the Daily Reflection online, but I found that e-aa had a group service structure AND an adherence to the Traditions of AA AND was a long standing Group within AA - even belonging to a larger service structure of Online Intergroup. http://aa-intergroup.org/A.A. groups exist to help alcoholics achieve sobriety. Large or small, firmly established or brand-new, speaker, discussion or study, each group has but one reason for being: to carry the message to the still-suffering alcoholic. The group exists so that the alcoholic can find a new way of life, a life abundant in happiness, joy, and freedom.
To recover, most alcoholics need the support of a group of other alcoholics who share their experience, strength and hope. Thus my sobriety, and our program's survival, depend on my determination to put first things first.
I found my daily practice and that too saved my sobriety.