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STEP TWELVE

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.

"Reading & Writing Assignments

READINGS
 

AA:  Chapter 7, Working with Others

          12 & 12:  Step 12

Service is like wetting your pants.

Everybody sees it, but you're the one who feels the warmth....

"Our real purpose is to fit ourselves to be of maximum service to God
and the people about us."

~Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, Into Action, pg. 77~

"Practical experience shows that nothing will so much insure immunity
from drinking as intensive work with other alcoholics."

~Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, Working With Others, pg. 89~

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"Bottled Up"
What is a DRY DRUNK?  Sometimes, we able to abstain from alcohol and yet just continue in our "Stinking Thinking".  We don't drink, we don't work any steps in our life, we don't work on our sober minds and spirits, and we tend to wonder, "Why we are so miserable!"  This would be considered a Dry Drunk.  There is saying that "7 days without a meeting makes one weak", and this statement is very true.  I know, as for myself, I have a strange way of thinking and dealing with things.  The neat thing about AA is that most of the other people tend to feel and think allot like me and they can call me out, or help me out when I need it.  I can tend to let things get "Bottled up" and really bother me.  I begin not to pray so much, not to meditate, or spend allot of time anywhere but in front the TV.  This is when I know I need a meeting, and I need to be dong something positive to work on me and my serenity.  I need and peace, serenity and happiness in my life, or I just won't make it!  Dry Drunk is dangerous place to be for me. 


 TransformationStation.org  - To proceed with the 4th Step Inventory, please ask your Sponsor for guidance.  Step 11 - Word 2000 - PDF Step 12 - Word 2000 - PDF 

Recovery: A Lifelong Journey  - STEPS 10-12 - PDF Printable Sheets.  
Recovery from Spiritual Abuse  -  PDF Printable Sheets.  
Recovery from Distorted Images of Self PDF Printable Sheets.  

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12 Step Work and Support System: 

"You are going to meet these new friends in your own community. Near
you, alcoholics are dying helplessly like people in a sinking ship.
If you live in a large place, there are hundreds. High and low, rich
and poor, these are future fellows of Alcoholics Anonymous. Among
them you will make lifelong friends. You will be bound to them with
new and wonderful ties, for you will escape disaster together and
you will commence shoulder to shoulder your common journey. Then you
will know what it means to give of yourself that others may survive
and rediscover life. You will learn the full meaning of 'Love thy
neighbor as thyself.'"

~Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, A Vision For You, pg. 152~

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Recovery Anonymous - a site detailing interesting concepts realted to moving past first stage Recovery. (abstinence) Somewhat controversial (with AA oldtimers anyway!), this site has some particularly interesting observations on shame and addictions. 

Humility is not thinking less of yourself, but thinking of yourself less

"Highly competent psychiatrists who have dealt with us have found it sometimes impossible to persuade an alcoholic to discuss his situation without reserve. Strangely enough, wives, parents and intimate friends usually find us even more unapproachable than do the psychiatrist and the doctor. But the ex-problem drinker who has found this solution, who is properly armed with facts about himself, can generally win the entire confidence of another alcoholic in a few hours. Until such an understanding is reached, little or nothing can be accomplished."

~Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, There Is A Solution, pg. 18~

 

"Let us also remember to guard that erring member - the tongue, and if we must use it, let's use it with kindness and consideration and tolerance."
-Dr. Bob
, Sunday, July 30, 1950

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This website is not intended to replace a sponsor, but rather to aide you and your sponsor in recovery.  This is just a way to start working the steps, and share in someone else's experience, strength and hope. 

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This Website was last updated on:  June 17, 2008

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