I would like to put in a word for using one of the most powerful (yet under-utilized) tools available in the 12 Step Program... Phone Calls!
If you have been in the twelve step program but haven't found much success, then please consider calling friends that you have met at group meeting. I know this sounds like such a simple suggestion, but it really works! The next time you feel like you are having a hard time, or that you feel you are tempted above that which you can bear, then simply make that phone call.
Friends in the PASG program will always be willing to lend an ear. We all need each other. I am always so happy to get a phone call from guys that I have met at group meetings. Sometimes our phone calls last for a looong time, but it never seems to bother me. I make phone calls to guys also, quite often. I am so thankful that they take the time to listen and give suggestions.
Getting a sponsor is always a good way to start. Calling your sponsor in times of need is a must, but you should also have a few guys that are on your speed dial for times when he might not be available. When I call a few people and nobody answers, I find it very useful to leave a voice message telling whoever I called that I am having a hard time. Just saying out loud what I'm struggling with can dispel that darkness. Satan knows that addiction thrives in isolation and he will try to disway you from taking even the most simple action of making a phone call. You can use your agency to make that call, he hasn't taken that from you! If you don't feel like you are ready to ask for a sponsor yet, then making phone calls for support can help you find that willingness to eventually step up your program to the next level.
Make the choice to network with your fellow addicts today!... you won't regret it.