It Must be Voluntary
The conditions for connecting with the All Addicts Anonymous Program are these: (1) you must be looking for real help and (2) you must be willing to pay the price for it. The price, in every case without exception, is a radical change in lifestyle. Nobody is going to force this new lifestyle upon you. Nobody can. But if you will not voluntarily accept the change, the Program can’t work for you.
The change in lifestyle is not easy, but it is possible for anybody, and if you start applying the principles you will find it happening. If you start with the bare essentials of the Program – if you turn your will and life over to God and adopt a policy of absolute honesty in all of your affairs – you will soon find yourself in very different country, with wonderful possibilities opening up – but at the same time with real difficulties emerging. For example, it always happens that you, yourself, discover a lot of objections to this new life, within yourself – doubts, qualms, fears, uncertainties, longings for the old ways. And, on the outside, a lot of your friends will tell you that you are mistaken or, somewhat less delicately, that you are nuts.These and other difficulties do arise, but again, experience proves that they are never real obstacles for a man or woman who really means business.
If you do mean business, you can start the Program anywhere, anytime. In order to start, just read the principles and start applying them. Real miracles – that is, not just natural wonders but the gracious action of God in human affairs – come as a result of no more than just reading the principles and applying them.
The Four Absolutes
- Absolute honesty – no lying, no cheating, no stealing. In a word, in all your affairs, simply and absolutely no bullshit.
- Absolute purity – purity of mind, purity of body, purity of the emotions, purity of heart, sexual purity.
- Absolute unselfishness – seeking what is right and true in every situation, above what I want.
- Absolute love – loving God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength, and your neighbor as yourself.
The Twelve Steps
- We admitted we were powerless over our addictions, that our lives had become unmanageable.
- Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
- Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood him.
- Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
- Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
- Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
- Humbly asked him to remove our shortcomings.
- Made a list of all persons we had harmed and became willing to make amends to them all.
- Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
- Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.
- 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.
- Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these Steps, we tried to carry this message to other addicts, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.
The Ten Points
Chapter five of the book Alcoholics Anonymous has always been a faithful guide for people who want to practice the 12 Step Program. The following Ten Points represent an epitome of the life-saving directions given in chapter five, as boiled down and practiced by the All Addicts Anonymous fellowship. The Ten Points include wisdom of the most practical kind, much of it not found in statements of the Program outside of chapter five.
We commit ourselves to work toward recovery and spiritual awakening by sincerely and responsibly trying to do what the AA Big Book suggests:
- By completely giving ourselves to this simple Program
- By practicing rigorous honesty
- By being willing to go to any lengths to recover
- By being fearless and thorough in our practice of the principles
- By realizing that there is no easier, softer way
- By letting go of our old ideas absolutely
- By recognizing that half measures will not work
- By asking God’s protection and care with complete abandon
- By being willing to grow along spiritual lines
- By accepting the following pertinent ideas as proved by All Addicts Anonymous experience:
- That you cannot manage your own life
- That probably no human power can restore you to sanity
- That God can and will if sought