“What do you mean by ‘recover’?”, you might ask. “The Steps are only suggested, not required, and I can call myself a member of A.A. as long as I am not drinking, correct?”
Having a desire to stop drinking and having a wish to recover are actually the same in our A.A. Tradition concerning membership, and any alcoholic (whether still drinking or even if already not drinking) can expect to be “welcomed cordially – if s/he means business.” (page 161) Then next, of course, we welcome others like ourselves to also “join us…in the Fellowship of the Spirit” (page 164) by taking the same Steps we took in order to recover…
“…we have ceased fighting…sanity [has] returned…seldom interested in liquor…recoil from it as from a hot flame…sanely and normally…without any thought or effort on our part…the miracle of it…neither are we avoiding temptation…have not even sworn off…the problem has been removed…does not exist for us…so long as we keep in fit spiritual condition.” (pages 83-84)
Do you have a desire to recover? Along with a desire to stop, that is what brought us to A.A….and our continued desire to never again ever end up drinking again is part of what still keeps us here where we now also try to help others like ourselves.