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Sobriety vs Recovery

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Just been wondering what other people's take is on this perspective.

From my experience being sober doesn't mean that I am recovering, I can have sobriety without recovery but not recovery without sobriety. And to say that today I do not work on staying sober I work hard on my recovery from alcoholism which means I stay sober as a byproduct of practicing a program in my daily life.

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Yes I agree, if I continue to watch for my character defects and keep growing spiritually, the power we get connected by that solves all the problems. The book talk about a program for living not for being sober. I hear in meetings, where people say, "I stand a chance, if i don't drink today", i can't relate to that.
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Interesting post, my recovery started with sobriety but that doesn’t mean no one else can’t have recovery without sobriety. I am happy with what I found in AA and for me whether others can or can't just doesn’t matter to me. I found my easier softer way
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Sweeney wrote:
From my experience being sober doesn't mean that I am recovering, I can have sobriety without recovery but not recovery without sobriety. And to say that today I do not work on staying sober I work hard on my recovery from alcoholism which means I stay sober as a byproduct of practicing a program in my daily life.
My take on it is that it's probably true, but unnecessarily complicated.
Keeping it simple is vital for me.
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Wow. This post made me think -- about me instead of everyone else, where my focus has been all day! And, no, that focus on everyone else hasn't been in a good way. I've been passing judgment all day. :roll:

For me, sobriety was an event. I know the day and the hour when it started. It also marked the beginning of my journey into recovery. Today I say I am recovered, but I only mean that in the simplest of ways. I AM recovered from my obsession to drink. As for the rest of the attributes I would like to have, they are a process. I am recovering, I am working, I am growing. Unless I attain enlightenment or am taken bodily to the heavens, I will be in recovery for the rest of my life, as well as any other existences I might experience.

I'm curious, Sweeney. Why do you ask?
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For me sobriety comes from not not taking a drink. Recovery comes from working the twelve steps.

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Sober is a legal state of not being intoxicated.

Recovery is the steps in action. Recovered is the new life, one day at a time, running on a Higher Power.
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(a) That we were alcoholic and could not manage our own lives.
(b) That probably no human power could have relieved our alcoholism.
(c) That God could and would if He were sought.

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Thanks to the OP for the topic and to all who have shared on this topic of sobriety v recovery. You have helped me pause to reflect on the importance of working the 12 steps.

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