Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength, and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism.
The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees for AA membership; we are self-supporting through our own contributions.
AA is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization, or institution; does not wish to engage in any controversy; neither endorses nor opposes any causes.
Our primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics achieve sobriety.
Daily Reflections December 1
Our Twelfth Step also says that as a result of practicing all the Steps, we have each found something called a spiritual awakening. . . . A.A.’s manner of making ready to receive this gift lies in the practice of the Twelve Steps in our program.TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, pp. 106-07
The Steps are like the chute at your local airport: there’s no way around them.
You’ll be safer if you just go ahead and jump in with both feet because this whole program is designed for people who want recovery; it can’t help anyone else besides themselves until they’re ready to change!
The Twelve Steps are “suggested” in the same way that a parachute is to save your life. If you want to have a successful recovery, it’s important that you incorporate these steps into your day-to-day routine and treatment plan.
It may be difficult at first because of how much they change our understanding of ourselves and what we need from others, but if we commit to them, they can help us lead happier lives free from addiction.
Do any of these twelve suggestions resonate with you? What do you think about using this program for recovery?