I am a recovering alcoholic, sober now for nearly 27 years. I see the AA 12 Step Programme as a holistic way of living, and can be applied to all areas of my life - the 'Big Book' of Alcoholics Anonymous, states that we should do this. For me, it is not just about putting the cork back in the bottle, it is about 'all my affairs', inluding emotional sobriety, intellectual sobriety, even financial sobriety - living within my means. In other words - the Twelve Steps is a holistic way to live. Far better than the chaotic way I used to live.
I have to grow up, leave the schoolyard of the past, close the gate behind me, and join the other grownups out in the world doing Life on Life's Terms and not my own. I have to do what the other grownups do.