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12 Steps Away

12 Steps Away From a Drunk The logic here is that if I’ve taken all 12 steps and incorporated them into my life, then I m 12 steps away from a drunk.  I know that this statement will ruffle some feathers in the one drink away from a drunk crowd.  But really guys, just open

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The Point Is…

What’s the Point? “The point is that we are willing to grow along spiritual lines.  The principles we have set down are guides to progress.  We claim spiritual progress rather than spiritual perfection (Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous pg. 60).” Notice that this passage from the book talks about progress.  Progress is generally recognized as

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Outside Help

Some of us may need to see a mental health professional.  Our brains have been trained to think in all sorts of negative ways.  We may feel a tug of war going on in our minds.  This can prove to be a formidable battle and we may need additional help outside the AA venue.  Some

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Pride

The seven deadly sins are pride, greed, anger, envy, lust, gluttony and sloth.  Pride heads the list as it is considered to be the worst of all seven sins.  In doing inventories in the 12-step sense these items are usually used as categories to put our defects of character into.  These sins are considered deadly

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Self-Seeking Will Slip Away

The next promise we are going to look at Is “self-seeking will slip away.”  This could mean that it is not all about me any longer.  While drinking one may say that everything, we did was focused on what we could get out of it.  The thought of how our actions and attitudes could affect

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Situations

Another promise states “we will intuitively know how to handle situations that use to baffle us.”  This promise was especially as I felt that I couldn’t handle anything.  For the last ten years of my drinking and using was totally irresponsible when it came to handling situations.  I ignored and detached myself from things that

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Outside Help

Some of us may need to see a mental health professional.  Our brains have been trained to think in all sorts of negative ways.  We may feel a tug of war going on in our minds.  This can prove to be a formidable battle and we may need additional help outside the AA venue.  Some

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Sex

Now About Sex………. “Many of us needed an overhauling there (Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous pg. 68).”  Needless to say, alcohol lowers our inhibitions.  We find ourselves in all kinds of clandestine encounters with others.  Many of us become downright promiscuous.  The Big Book states that: ‘we are not the arbiter of anyone’s sex conduct

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Personal care and Responsibility

Many of us while active in our addictions may become somewhat removed with keeping up personal grooming and hygiene.  This can have a very negative effect on our mentality and how we view ourselves.  When feeling the effects of the highs and lows of our addiction we may become more disheartened by the way we

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Fear brought up in step 4-5

Fear can be something that touches about all areas of our lives.  The Alcoholics Anonymous Big Book states on page 67 that “it was an evil and corroding thread; the fabric of our existence was shot through with it.”  This created circumstances which brought negative issues into our lives.  The fears could be real or

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