Last night I attended an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting as the guest of a good friend. She celebrated 18 years of sobriety and received her 18-year coin. What a beautiful experience as we listened to her grateful testimony sharing how A.A. saved her life. The many testimonies of people who had anywhere from a few weeks to 20 plus years of sobriety was inspirational and humbling.
God is at the center of this program. It is based on letting go of control and perfectionism, things that have not worked for helping live a productive, honest, sober life.
Here are The Twelve Steps:
- We admitted we were powerless over alcohol—that our lives had become unmanageable.
- Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
- Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.
- Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
- Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
- Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
- Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
- Made a list of all persons we had harmed and became willing to make amends to them all.
- Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
- Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.
- Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.
- Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.