When I first seriously began MY journey I immersed myself in the program and working the steps. However, at one point I had to leave the fellowship (OA & ITR) because FOR ME I could not afford any distractions. I realized that my strength does not come from within it comes from God. I had to shut out everything except him. It was then, and only then, that I entered into this place of peace. I am now in a place where I am strong enough to help myself, yet smart enough to lean on others, & ready/able to be an encouragement to YOU (others). Recovery is a personal journey. YOU have to walk it YOUR WAY!