I am also a recovering alcoholic, congrats on the decision to sober up, it ain't easy I know.
As was stated, use AA for support as long as you need it. You may hear ways to deal with situations now or in the future. There are usually some really great people there willing to help you out if they can.
One is the fact that I now have to refer to myself as an alcoholic/addict for the rest of my life, whether drinking takes place or not.
In meetings it's common for one to say "I'm me and I'm an alcoholic", to me this is just a reminder for us to remember where we came from. You don't need to do it if you choose not to. And outside the meeting, who's really going to ask or care?
I know if I pick up again, then it will take over in no time at all. So in that aspect I'll always be an alcoholic, we can't drink just one.
But that's ok with me, do I really need to drink or do any form of drug? NO!
I know they push god as the higher power and you must give your life to him......................that's ok for some.
If you choose not to then that's your choice.
Also in the big book, the chapter to the agnostic it actually says you need god to keep you sober, not those exact words, but close enough. No you don't.
I have the Dharma and my practice as my higher power. The teachings of Buddha, the 4 Noble Truths and the Noble 8 Fold Path.
As well as what I've read from teachers and Lamas.
With mindfulness I can be aware of my body, speech and mind. In doing so I keep mindful of my actions, words and thoughts.
There ya go, the 12 steps condensed into simple form.
Good luck and stay strong.