(2) One who surrenders himself to a higher power and religiously attends meeting is "in recovery" - Even in the instance he goes on an occasional drunken bender, "relapse" is claimed to be an inevitable part of the recovery process. Meanwhile, one who is actually succesfull in either using drugs responsibly or abstaining from drug use permanently, unless he perpetually practices the aforementioned recovery doctrine, is still only "dry" or "actively in addiction".
(3) In order to be in recovery, the rest of the addicts life must revolve around acknowledging his chronic disease and struggling not to use drugs, acknowledging that at any moment; unless he continues to worship higher powers, chant mindless slogans, dwell on his character defects and wallow in humility; his disease could catch him off gaurd and force him to use drugs again. In other words, one must become addicted to avoiding drugs by dwelling on his drug use, living each and every day merely to "stay clean".
(4) Self confidence, self reliance, accountability, intelligence and pride are weaknesses which must be condemned. This type of "stinkin thinkin" fools one into believing in his competence & ability to use drugs moderately & responsibly (as opposed to mindlessly and involuntarily).
(5) Tis better to be a dead-beat, self-absorbed, self-righteous & slogan chanting 12-stepper (i.e. recovery addict) than to live a succesful life while taking pride in ones self confidence, self reliance and intelligence - God forbid our disease takes us off gaurd. Better to live life fearing drugs and lying to ourselves.
(6) Certain drugs simply cannot be used moderately or recreationally like alcohol can. For instance; You are either an "addict" who uses heroin, or a non-addict who doesn't use heroin. In no case, and for no one, does moderation exist with these drugs (as it apparently does for the caffeine and nicotine which are so heavily consumed during group).
(7) We cannot accurately claim that we will not use drugs tomorrow; for we are not even in control of this behavior, which could manifest at any time (unless we "work a program"). The prospect of using drugs (i.e. "relapsing") is conceptualized the same as the prospect of a heart attack, a car accident, or other such untimely occurrence of fate or chance.