Checking Abstinence from Unsecured Debt
by One Recovering Debtor., September 7, 2004
I am one recovering debtor.
For me I like to keep it simple, and each day ask myself 5 basic
questions to check my abstinence from incurring new unsecured debt:
- Did I use a credit card (mine or anyone elses)
- Did I conduct a debit transaction for which there are insufficient
funds (I no longer write personal checks).
- Did I take goods or services without paying in full
- Did I borrow money without giving collateral (something of at least equal value)
- Are any bills late
If I answer yes to one of these questions, I have lost my abstinence
and I call my sponsor and get to a meeting, immediately.
Some of my da friends read the signs together or on the phone as a check in. We take turns asking ourselves the question ..
When was the last time I (fill in sign)?
Another thing some of us do is look at the tools, and see how we are doing, asking questions for each:
What is my abstinence date in DA?
What is my home group? When was my last meeting? My next meeting?
Where is my recording book, am I up to date on my tally?
What service do I do at the personal, group, intergroup,
What step am I writing on?
When is my next meeting with my sponsor?
Thanks for the topic