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    AA 12 Steps and Discussion

    Please note: below is AA's 12 Step Program. We will discuss these steps in detail in this thread. Feel free to comment; I'll try to get these up asap.

    The Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous

    1. We admitted we were powerless over alcohol—that our lives had become unmanageable.

    2. Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.

    3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.

    4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.

    5. Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.

    6. Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.

    7. Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.

    8. Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.

    9. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.

    10. Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.

    11. 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.

    12. 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.

    Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.®
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    Step 1: Honesty

    HONESTY

    KEY PRINCIPLE: Admit that you, of yourself, are powerless to overcome your addictions and that your life has become unmanageable.


    Many of us began our addictions out of curiosity. Some of us became involved because of a justifiable need for a prescription drug or as an act of deliberate rebellion. Many began this path when barely older than children.


    Whatever our motive for starting and our circumstances, we soon discovered that the addiction relieved more than just physical pain. It provided stimulation or numbed painful feelings or moods. It helped us avoid the problems we faced— or so we thought.


    For a while, we felt free of fear, worry, loneliness, discouragement, regret, or boredom. But because life is full of the conditions that prompt these kinds of feelings, we resorted to our addictions more and more often.


    Still, most of us failed to recognize or admit that we had lost the ability to resist and abstain on our own. Addiction surrenders later freedom to choose. Through chemical means, one can literally become disconnected from his or her own will.

    More discussion to follow... Any comments thus far? Thanks for reading!


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    Excellent topic, thanks

    From a family member's perspective:

    The chaos of addiction tends to bring out the worst in people. This will be an opportunity for you to discover those things in your life that are stopping you from having real joy.

    Beware of fear and all faces of pride, especially being judgmental and unforgiving, and blaming others for your emotions. Satan will blind you from the behaviors that fuel addiction and discord all around you, especially where it counts - in your home.

    As you come to the Lord with a broken heart and contrite spirit - that means, with humility and willingness to change - He will soften your heart, which will allow you to access the Spirit’s gentle guidance and direction.

    It will be critical for you to listen for inspiration and have the spirit of discernment to recognize the deceptions of Satan. Your softened heart will allow the Lord to turn your weaknesses into strengths, and you will be better able toi help your loved one.

    Thank you.

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    Great post

    These are great! Thanks for taking the time!

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    Like the Queen, I have two birthdays – the usual one when I parted company with my mum, and August 6TH, when I had my last drink. Some people might think it odd to celebrate losing something. After all, giving something up must involve missing it, grieving for it and wishing you could still have it, surely?

    Can anyone relate?

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