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Unformatted text preview: I 2-STEP MEETINGS ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS AND OTHERS I FORMAL EVALUATIONS OF AA HAVE BEEN FEW AND HAVE NOT BEEN VERY POSITIVE ICHALLENGES WITH EVALUATION METHOD I EVALUATION l5 IMPORTANT BECAUSE MANY TREATMENT PROGRAMS FOLLOW THE IZ-STEP MODEL OF AA IBetty Ford Center, Hazelden, Phoenix House I NA, GA, CA ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS AND OTHERS I FOUNDED IN 1935: A LOOSE AFFILIATION OF LOCAL GROUPS THAT ADHERE TO COMMON METHODS I BASED ON THE DISEASE MODEL OF DEPENDENCE IIT REMOVES THE BLAME FOR THE PROBLEM FROM THE ALCOHOLIC BUT NOT THE RESPONSIBILITY FOR DEALING WITH IT I MAJOR APPROACHES ARE GROUP SUPPORT AND A BUDDY SYSTEM I 2-STE PS I I. WE ADMITTED WE WERE POWERLESS OVER ALCOHOL— THAT OUR LIVES HAD BECOME UNMANAGEABLE. I 2. CAME TO BELIEVE THAT A POWER GREATER THAN OURSELVES COULD RESTORE US TO SANITY. I 3. MADE A DECISION TO TURN OUR WILL AND OUR LIVES OVER TO THE CARE OF GOD AS WE UNDERSTOOD HIM. I 4. MADE A SEARCHING AND FEARLESS MORAL INVENTORY OF OURSELVES. I 5. ADMITTED TO GOD, TO OURSELVES, AND TO ANOTHER HUMAN BEING THE EXACT NATURE OF OUR WRONGS. I 6. WERE ENTIRELY READY TO HAVE GOD REMOVE ALL THESE DEFECTS OF CHARACTER. IZ-STEPS I 7. HUMBLY ASKED HIM TO REMOVE OUR SHORTCOMINGS. U a. MADE A LIST OF ALL PERSONS WE HAD HARMED, AND BECAME WILLING TO MAKE AMENDS TO THEM ALL. ' 9. MADE DIRECT AMENDS TO SUCH PEOPLE WHEREVER POSSIBLE, EXCEPT WHEN TO DO SO WOULD INJURE THEM OR OTHERS. ' IO. CONTINUED TO TAKE PERSONAL INVENTORY AND WHEN WE WERE WRONG PROMPTLY ADMITTED IT. . II. 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. I I2. 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. COMMON AA SAYINGS - "IT WORKS IF YOU WORK IT, SO WORK IT CAUSE YOU'RE WORTH IT" - "YOU DON'T HAVE TO SEE THE WHOLE STAIRCASE AT ONCE, JUST THE FIRST STEP, ONE STEP AT A TIME." I "THE MINUTE I TAKE CONTROL THAT'S WHEN I LOSE CONTROL." I "I AM POWERLESS BUT NOT HELPLESS." ' "WE ARE EITHER WORKING ON RECOVERY OR WE'RE WORKING ON A RELAPSE." . HALT: DON'T GET TOO HUNGRY, ANGRY, LONELY, OR TIREDI! ...
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