“Daily Reflections” by Alcoholics Anonymous and Hazelden Publishing

Daily Reflections: A Book of Reflections by A.A. Members for A.A. Members


Daily Reflections” is a powerful compendium of insights and meditations designed to help those battling alcohol addiction, published jointly by Alcoholics Anonymous and Hazelden. As the title suggests, it provides a reflection for each day of the year, giving readers a chance to draw wisdom and inspiration to stay sober every day.

Structured around the 12-step recovery model that Alcoholics Anonymous pioneered, each reflection helps to reinforce key aspects of the path to recovery, including the admittance of powerlessness over alcohol, the need for a spiritual awakening, making amends, and striving for continuous personal growth and improvement. The reflections are concise, thoughtful, and relatable, making them an easily accessible part of a daily routine. They serve as reminders of the pitfalls of alcohol abuse, the rewards of sobriety, and the strength that comes from seeking support in a community.

One of the book’s significant strengths is its inclusivity. The insights and experiences shared in “Daily Reflections” are not one-size-fits-all; rather, they encompass a broad spectrum of experiences, allowing it to resonate with individuals from diverse backgrounds and various stages of recovery. This means the book can offer something to everyone, from those just starting their recovery journey to those who have been sober for years.

One particular reflection that embodies this book’s spirit asserts, “I am an alcoholic, I will always be an alcoholic, but now I am an alcoholic who doesn’t drink, one day at a time.” This affirmation speaks to the heart of recovery, recognizing the ongoing battle and affirming the daily victories that add up to a life free from alcohol.

“Daily Reflections” has a spiritual undertone, which might not appeal to everyone. However, the spiritual aspect of the book does not require adherence to a specific religion or belief system, making it accessible to anyone who is open to introspection and personal growth.

In conclusion, “Daily Reflections” is an invaluable tool for those in recovery from alcoholism or alcohol use disorder. The daily structure provides continuous support and encouragement, which is crucial for maintaining sobriety. By focusing on one day at a time, the book effectively illustrates the concept of lifelong recovery while making it a manageable and achievable goal. This book’s poignant reflections, drawn from the lived experiences of A.A. members, can provide readers with a sense of solidarity and the hope and motivation needed to continue on their path of recovery. It reminds us that while the journey to sobriety is difficult, it is also deeply rewarding and filled with moments of significant personal transformation.