Let's face it, an alcoholic and an addict live a selfish
life. Their life is about 2 things: themselves and their drug of choice. So,
it's easy to see that a sober person, choosing to live a selfish life, is halfway
down the road to relapse.
Alcoholics Anonymous has a remedy for this. They say,
"get a sponsor, get a sponsee." The idea is that a person with just a
few weeks or months of sobriety under their belt needs to learn to help others.
The answer is to help another drunk get sober. This is their model.
From the first exposer to this model, it seems to be a bad
idea. Actually, it is a wonderful idea with the worst possible application.
When looking at the AA model it can be seen that a person, barely sober
themselves, is challenged to live a life of helping others. This is a
completely wonderful idea and can help people avoid relapse. But their plan is
then to partner you up with another person who is also an alcoholic. Statistically,
that person you have just been yoked with has a 50% or greater chance of
relapse. So, your first experience in helping others has at least a 50% chance
Can you imagine intentionally hiring an employee and putting
them in a position where they had over a 50% chance of getting fired in a few
months? Would you want to sign up for a job like that? Oh, and this person you
are helping, may make it or relapse to some degree because of the advice, encouragement,
and general wisdom you possess and provide them with from your 3 weeks of
This is a horrible idea for an introduction into developing
a helping lifestyle, a life of selflessness and altruism.
So, at AIM, we have developed a strategy for teaching you
how to live a helping lifestyle. You will be successful from the very first
step. No one will be relapsing under your watch. We will take you through
appropriate steps, growing you into a person who can choose to help a wide
variety of people. You could eventually choose to go back and serve the
addiction community or move into other areas where your passions may grow. You
see, if you are truly free, then you are free to choose how you express your
generosity and to whom you express it. The journey of self-discovery and
finding your true purpose and calling will be exciting arrival points in the
new life you create for yourself. So, join us at AIM, and let us walk with you
down this path. You will not regret it.