Rule 62 of the AA Rule Book: How It Helps Your Recovery

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) has helped people recover from alcohol addiction for more than eighty years. They built their success on their 12 Step program that includes one person in recovery helping another on their path to sobriety. Alcoholics Anonymous published its famous Big Book in 1939 to present its program for recovery from alcohol addiction. This book is full of stories about how AA helped the first one hundred addicts recover. It also contains many valuable practical tips to help people today in their struggle with alcohol. One of the most well-known of these is Rule 62. Read more below about how this rule can help you or a loved one on the journey toward sobriety.

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Does The Alcoholics Anonymous 12 Steps Program Help People?

Although many addicts have benefitted from psychotherapy, a recent Stanford Study found Alcoholics Anonymous’ 12 Step approach more effective in achieving abstinence. In addition, the study noted that the emotional support given by others in recovery never failed in outshining professional cognitive-behavioral, motivational enhancement, and other methods of therapy offered by psychologists and psychiatrists. 

In addition to the benefit of social interaction with others on the same journey, the Stanford researchers attributed AA’s success to practical advice. One member sharing practical tips with another member seeking sobriety produces more success than a therapist’s textbook advice. The Big Book is full of practical advice and help that remains effective today.

What Is Rule 62?

Believing that recovery is a lifelong journey, AA provides their Big Book, not as a one-year textbook, but as a lifelong companion. Those in recovery continually refer to this book for personal encouragement and to help those beginning on their road to sobriety. This helpful resource contains the 12 Steps, the 12 Traditions of AA, personal stories, and Rule 62. 

The well-known Rule 62 states, “Don’t take yourself too seriously.” This rule is not meant to downplay the seriousness and hard work required for recovery. Instead, the rule discourages a gloomy and sullen attitude toward the recovery process. AA believes it is possible and essential to have fun during the process of recovery and to learn how to have fun in sobriety without any substance abuse. 

Five Tips To Not Take Yourself Too Seriously

Here are several tips to help you have fun and not take yourself too seriously during recovery.

  1. Exercise. Whether you’ve exercised in the past or not, recovery is a great time to get more serious about taking better care of yourself. Research shows that exercise releases powerful endorphins that make you happier and more positive. You’re more likely to have fun during sobriety if you exercise regularly.
  2. Learn. There are unlimited opportunities to learn a new skill or develop one you already have. Take the time to explore the various topics of interest you have. 
  3. Set goals. As you move forward in life, set goals, and envision a new future of success and fulfillment.
  4. Gratitude. Experts point out that beginning each day by expressing thankfulness helps you have a fun day and not take yourself so seriously.
  5. Grow. Commit to growing as a person. That means acknowledging and learning from mistakes and being willing to change on your path to being a sober and better person.

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