Abstinence is but the beginning of recovery.  It’s the changes that occur in working the Steps that make my life bearable, and I become a willing partner in my quest for sobriety.  The final part of the Twelve Steps is where I learn to live the life intended for me – with daily maintenance of my program, daily communication with a Higher Power, and a daily reaffirmation of my faith in a Higher Power, faith in the Program, and faith in my own abilities.