The Alcoholic Anonymous, the Steps
There are twelve steps that form the AA.These steps are meant to combat alcoholism. Continue reading so that you know them.
The first thing is to accept that you are powerless as far as alcohol is concerned.Consider the dilemma as an obsession and also an allergy. It leaves its victims devastated.
You will then need to believe that there exists a greater power that can deliver you from alcohol.This is a step of surrender. Since alcoholics try to overcome alcohol on their own, this is a hard step. You must depend on something or someone more powerful so as to recover from alcohol.
The third step is to surrender everything to God as we understand him. It is letting God sit on the throne.Do not fear tomorrow since God is in control.
conducting a fearless and honest moral inventory of yourself is the fourth step. Acknowledge all wrongs of the past.Write down your resentments and commit them to God.Know that you are not alone in this.
This step involves admitting to both God and man that you have wronged them. You will need to believe in God so as to attain to this step. You will need to accept that God is listening to your story with grace and forgiving you. He is waiting to show compassion to you.
The sixth step involves being ready to let God address the defects of your character.These defects are only removed if you are willing to confess them and have God remove them.
After this, the next thing is to ask that God removes your shortcoming.Do this in a humble manner. The alcoholic cannot recover unless he accepts the gift of humility.
The other thing is to fearlessly ensure that you have a true list of the people you have hurt or harmed and then be willing to go and make amends for the wrongs.You need to be part of the list that you have harmed and seek amends with.
Take a step to make direct amends to the people you have harmed. This is a step in need of delicate balancing to avoid any more heartache.
You now need to be able to accept when you are wrong and take inventory of yourself.
Prayer and meditation will be needed to help you maintain contact with God.
Ensure that you take the message of your recovery to other alcoholics. Make it known to other alcoholics that they can recover, even as you share your story with them.
The movement of The Alcoholics Anonymous is geared towards recovery. You will need to surrender, be honest, be humble, and have faith.