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TAKING THE TWELVE STEPS

Here are the steps we took, which are suggested as a program of recovery: 

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Usage. How to use these step guides. Our suggested technique. 
Step 0. If...you want what we have and are willing to go to any length to get it-then you are ready to take certain steps. [rev. 3/29/1999] 
Step 1. We admitted we were powerless over alcohol-that our lives had become unmanageable. [rev. 5/12/1999] 
Step 2. Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity. [rev. 5/15/1997] 
Step 3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him. [rev. 5/15/1997] 
Step 4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves. [rev. 5/4/1997] 
Step 5. Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs. [rev. 6/21/2000] 
Step 6. Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character. [rev. 6/21/2000] 
Step 7 . Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings. [rev. 11/9/00] 
Step 8 . Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all. [rev. 5/15/1997] 
Step 9. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others. [rev. 6/21/2000] 
Step 10. Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it. [rev. 6/21/2000] 
Step 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. [rev. 5/15/1997] 
Step 12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of theses steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs. [rev.5/15/1997] 
Step 13. You will count thirteen steps above, but there is no thirteenth step.

 

SOBRIETY TOPICS

Adjusting .... Five As to adjust yourself for a productive sober life.  [7/25/2000] 
Anger......... We must be rid of anger or it kills us
Before Drinking .. Tempted to take a drink? Take these actions first [new 2/15/2001] 
Book Mark ...... 12 Steps and Prayers. Print out your own [new 5/23/2000]
Bottle Inventory .... Step 1 supplement on Understanding the Relapse [new 6/9/2000]  
Bottles........Bottles - How to hide them [rev. 5/14/1999]
Drunk ......... Synonyms you will have fun with [rev. 11/15/1997] 
Carl Jung .... Correspondence with Bill W. [rev. 6/28/2000] 
Forgiveness .. Forgiveness - The missing step [with links to BB and 3 authors] [rev. 8/09/1999]
Franklin .. Benjamin Franklin: Salient writings on Inventory, Drunkards, Chess and Spirituality. 
Grief ........ Help and understanding in dealing with the passing of a loved one. [ 3/13/2008] 
Inspiration .. Inspiring writings to post on your wall  [orig. 7/11/2000]  
Lincoln .. An address on alcoholism by Abraham Lincoln in 1842  
Magnificent 7..Seven actions considered mandatory for quality sobriety [4/26/2000]  
Meetings ..Reasons why A.A. meetings are good for your sobriety [7/20/1999] 
Passion .... From Passion to Peace was written in 1910 by James Allen. He captures an essence of the AA program of recovery in seven steps. [orig. 11/6/2005] 
Prayer......Writings about prayer learned in AA. Still under construction. [6/15/2002]
Preamble .... An alternative meeting preamble [rev. 3/3/1997] 
Principles ... The principles of recovery [rev. 4/17/1997] 
Promises .... Promises in the Big Book [rev. 2/15/2001] 
Prospector .. A fictional setting for steps 1-7 [rev. 6/21/2000] 
Recover .... We have recovered [rev. 5/1/1997] 
Purposes .... What the Big Book says its purposes are 
Release .....Remove your defects of character with this mantra and prayer. [rev. 7/11/2000] 
Relapse ...... Sixteen tried and true ways to relapse 
Selfish ....... AA is NOT a selfish program 
Virtue ....... Virtues for Sound Human Relationships GSSSHHHPLUCKTTM [rev. 3/30/1997]

 

The BIG BOOK BUNCH

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