Service is an important part of EDA's Steps and Traditions and is a foundation of recovery in all 12-Step groups.
Service helps carry the message of recovery. As individuals, we continue to build and develop more perspective, peace and power to address our own life challenges as a result of the efforts we make to help those who still suffer as we once did.
Just as being of service is a key element in individual recovery, individual service at the group level is necessary for a group and its members to thrive. Participation in service activities helps a group function, creates a sense of fellowship, and strengthens our commitment to a higher purpose and/or our relationship to our Higher Power.
Service means helping to carry the message of recovery. There is a great deal we can do to advance this shared goal.
Some ways to help:
Greet newcomers, and make a point of helping everyone feel welcome and valued
Share your experience, your strength, and a message of hope at meetings
Contact local therapists and provide them with literature and information about EDA. Be sure to include your meeting time and location. Some of us have found the Information for Professionals (brochure) and EDA Professional FAQ (Flyer) to be useful in our outreach to professionals.
Contact a local hospital or recovery institution to see if they are interested in having clients attend a meeting
Put a notice in a local newspaper about your group. Newspapers often will list 12 step groups for free.
Pick up a service position in your group. Each group should have a rotating Meeting Chair, Treasurer, a General Service Board representative, and a Literature Coordinator who brings EDA literature to the meeting. For more information about service at the group level please see the EDA Meeting Guide.
The General Service Board serves EDA as a whole and ensures EDA will continue to be available for all. There are an abundant number of service opportunities at the General Service Board level. For more information, see the GSB Roles document (found on the General Service Board tab of this website) and/or contact firstname.lastname@example.org if our are interested in lending a hand.
Sponsorship is a fundamental and vital component of Step Twelve: it is carrying the message of recovery in the most immediate, direct, and meaningful way possible. If you have worked the Steps and are able to sponsor others, please contact email@example.com.