The Big Book says, “Rarely have we seen a person fail who has thoroughly followed our
path. Those who do not recover are people who cannot or will not completely give
themselves to this simple program, usually men and women who are constitutionally
incapable of being honest with themselves. If you have decided that you want what we
have and are willing to go to any length to get it—then you are ready to take certain
steps.” The book then goes into a detailed description of the 12 steps of recovery, which
have saved the lives of so many alcoholics and addicts worldwide.
The book goes on to identify the cause of our troubles: “Selfishness—self-centeredness!
That, we think, is the root of our troubles…… Above everything, we alcoholics must
rid ourselves of this selfishness. We must, or it kills us! ….. We had to have God’s help,”
So there it is. Selfishness and self-centeredness are the cause of our problems and God
is the solution. The book continues, “We have recovered from a hopeless condition of
mind and body.” Alcoholics and addicts are living in a raging fire, that cannot be
extinquished by their own talents or strength.
The answer is to find a power greater than themselves, to show them the way to sobriety,
sanity and peace. The Big Book says it well, “……we had but two alternatives: One was
to go on to the bitter end, blotting out the consciousness of our intolerable situation as
best we could; the other, to accept spiritual help.” The Big Book describes alcoholism as
a progressive and terminal disease that has two distinctive and deadly elements:
the mental obsession and the physical craving. Add to this, the phenomenon of denial,
and you have the perfect recipe for destroying a person’s life.
Millions of alcoholics and addicts have recovered from the disease of addiction, thanks
to the 12 steps of recovery and faith in God. The “anonymous” recovery groups like
Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, Cocaine Anonymous, Over-eaters
Anonymous and many more, have traditionally presented “God” as a nameless God in
order to keep the gateway to recovery open to people of all faiths or no faith.
My story and my experience is that Jesus Christ saved my life and He took me from
homelessness, living outside on the streets with an addiction to chemicals that was
killing me, to a peaceful life with a loving wife and a beautiful home. I am a walking,
talking miracle, and I owe my life to Jesus.
If you want to get and stay sober, and you are willing to go to any length to get it, then
you will experience the miracle of sobriety and peace. Together we get sober and stay
sober, alone we use chemicals and destroy our lives. Surround yourself with sober
people who are working the 12 steps under the guidance of a sponsor, and you will have
a new family that knows who you are, and who are willing to guide you to freedom.
Peace and Blessings to you!