So you want recovery, what’s next? That’s a very good question. When I first got into recovery some three and a half years ago my first sponsor told me I’d have to work the steps. What I heard was, “I have to do work.” I just admitted I was an addict, wasn’t that work enough. The thought of having to commit to a program, call my sponsor every day and now do the steps all seemed to be more than I could handle. Besides, I hadn’t finished much of anything worth while in ages. It seemed that I left projects unfinished all over the place or made promises to complete things that stayed undone. What I hadn’t counted on was for the first time in my adult life a power greater than myself was helping me with everything. I was able to commit to my sponsor and call him every day, I had a desire, deep in my gut, to commit to a program and, lastly, I longed to start a new phase of my life by completing the steps. Soon this “work” was not work at all but rather gratitude for the miracles I was receiving from all my new activities. I was starting to build a life. So I can say with complete conviction that working a program and working the steps, soon made a dramatic improvement in my life, emotionally, spiritually and psychologically. Today I am the man I am because of my commitment to a program of recovery and the 12 steps.