I recently had an experience that I found very insightful and perplexing at the same time. I was having lunch with a friend, and they asked me “what if you fall off the wagon?” I was stunned! I realized that this person had no idea of how Alcoholics Anonymous’ 12 step program worked. We had
This prayer goes like this: “God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.” This prayer is usually used to call a meeting to order. It is a most helpful prayer especially in times of doubt or uncertainty.
In the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous there is only one short paragraph regarding step 7. It contains the prayer we say for the removal of our defects of character. There is some tricky language here as the prayer states that we pray for removal of “defects of character which stand in the way of
Once again, willingness is the key to the successful completion of step 6. The step states that we were “entirely ready for God to remove all these defects of character.” These defects of character are what we determined in steps 4 and five that were objectionable to us. These are things that caused harm to
Step 2 reads as follows: “Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.” The implication here is that we come to believe. We don’t have to know, figure things out, go anywhere or do anything in particular. We just have to mentally agree that there is something outside of
Moderation is not a word which is found in a practicing alcoholic’s vocabulary. Usually, the mantra that is found is “more is better.” For the alcoholic in their disease will take anything that may promise a better high. Someone may offer the alcoholic a pill of some sort. The typical reaction is to swallow the
According to the Big Book of Alcoholics we have agreed to be willing to go to any lengths in order to gain and maintain sobriety. Our first act is to take step 1 which states that “we admitted that we are powerless over alcohol, that our lives had become unmanageable.” And we have to put
Commitment seems to be something that most alcoholics shy away from. We believe that the grass is always greener on the other side. We use phrases like “I guess,” I’ll have to see,” and “call me later’ among others. We feel like wild spirits free to roam the world as we please. We feel stifled
This is another one of the promises. Imagine a life of peace and serenity! We are not thinking many thoughts at a time, we are not ruminating on the future or the past. We are living in the present moment which is peaceful and serene. How do we get to this place of inner peace?
This is another one of the promises. I don’t know about you but when I came into the program, I had a pretty bad attitude toward everything. I felt as if life should be handed to me on a silver platter because I was so wonderful. I felt entitled to everything and didn’t care one