Program Theory

June 28, 2021
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Step Seven Is a Conclusion

There was true humility and deep surrender by asking God to take all of me—both the “good” and the “bad.” This was an admission that I […]
June 2, 2021
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Fully Recovered Alcoholic

What does that mean? I am a fully recovered alcoholic. This means that, if I throw God and AA under the bus tomorrow morning, I could […]
April 27, 2021
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Step Five: A Confirmed Awareness

When I asked God to relieve me of the “bondage of self” in Step Three, I had only a vague concept of what that might be. […]
March 24, 2021
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Rewards of Step Four

I faced Step Four with some trepidation, but my sponsor did not allow time for irrational fear to take over. He had me begin “spontaneous writing” […]
January 22, 2021

Choice in Drink?

Further refection on Step One brought about a different understanding of its context. The first two parts of this step are separated by a dash—not a […]
December 1, 2020

Writing the Amends List

My amends list story start at just after finishing the Third Step Prayer, my sponsor had me ask God for help with my Fourth Step information. […]
December 1, 2020

Why We Do the Things We Do

One Issue at a Time Alcoholism is an incurable disease contracted by, you might say, 10% of the population, without respect to age, gender, intelligence, religion […]
November 3, 2020
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Step Six Timing is Important

Yeas ago, I heard that Step Six timing is everything This reminds me of a story of when I was newly sober and almost went out […]
November 2, 2020
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Step Ten: Beginning of the Maintenance Steps

Understanding the Disease of Alcoholism Takes Time After being in the program for a while, it occurred to me that initially, there was no way I […]
September 29, 2020
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How to Write Your Amends List

Doing The Amends List Work Just after finishing the Third Step Prayer, my sponsor, Carl, had me ask God for help with my Fourth Step information […]
June 23, 2020

Step Seven Set Me Free

Step Seven begins: “My Creator, I am now willing that you should have all of me, good and bad.” Why should I ask God to take […]
February 7, 2020

My Name Is… and I’m an Alcoholic

It’s a phrase heard in A.A. meetings around the world. But where does it come from? Why do we say it? And should we keep doing […]