When spiritual disease is cured then symptoms like those we use to describe alcoholism – disappear; otherwise “sober” is just a word to describe whether or not someone has booze in their system.
Heck, Adolph Hitler was a teetotaler. How admirable was he as a human being?
Merely being sober, for a day or for half a century does not mean one has recovered and become spiritually well; it doesn’t mean they have discovered mastery over resentment or that they are free from anger and fear.
But there is a certain, proven path to all of these blessings.
The message of the Big Book is not sobriety. It is living in a progressively awakened, God-conscious state in order to receive the knowledge of His will and the power to carry it out. Folks who do, live in perfect peace and ease, as forecast by the co-authors of that wonderful work.
"We feel a man is unthinking when he says that sobriety is enough."(82:3)
To the extent that we realize this and make the decision to turn every aspect of life and will over to God, right down to our very thoughts and behaviors, does He care for them and life becomes God-centered rather than self-centered. The more useful we all are, within and even outside of a Twelve Step Fellowship.