From “Physician, heal Thyself!”:

“I tried every gimmick that there was to get some peace of mind, but it was not until I was brought to my alcoholic knees, when I was brought to an AA group in my own community with the butcher, the baker, the carpenter, and the mechanic, who were able to give me the Twelve Steps, that I was finally given some semblance of an answer to the last half of the First Step. So, after taking the first half of the First Step, and very gingerly admitting myself to Alcoholics Anonymous, something happened. And then I thought to myself: Imagine an alcoholic admitting anything!”

© 2001 AAWS, Inc., Fourth Edition; Alcoholics Anonymous, pgs. 305-06

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Related Reading:

Seven Days Sober: A Guide to Discovering What You Really Think About Your Drinking
The 12-Step Buddhist: Enhance Recovery from Any Addiction
Alcoholics Anonymous Big Book Workbook: Working the Program
Under the Influence: A Guide to the Myths and Realities of Alcoholism