There is another body of those God has redeemed from the mental, physical, and spiritual malady of drug/alcohol addiction. The fruits of the Spirit are apparent in Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, Narcotics Anonymous meetings, Cocaine
Anonymous meetings, etc. How have these fellowships of broken, wounded, self-centered, opinionated redeemed been able to survive for so many decades?
The various 12-Step fellowships also have 12 Traditions that guide in their governance. They can readily be found online, but I’d like to cite a few of them:
Our common welfare should come first; personal recovery depends upon AA unity.
For our group purpose there is but one ultimate authority - a loving God as He may express Himself in our group conscience. Our leaders are but trusted servants; they do not govern.
Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all our traditions, ever reminding us to place principles before personalities.
While we Adventists have figured out that we ought not to take the first drink, might we learn something from the work God does within these fellowships, especially the wisdom of unity, service, and recovery?