“Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.”
The following preface to this subject matter is a poem I wrote after the last fourth step I finished:
The choices I made yesterday are no longer the redeemers of my destiny. I stand today a man not governed by his predisposition to self-doubt and misguided self-will, but as a man lead by faith and courage, love and honesty, patience and integrity. The choices I made yesterday are but a guiding light into the void from whence I came, they are a series of beacons lighting a ferocious path across the ocean marking my journey as it began at the precipice of eternity. Courage will guide me through the troubled wa
ters of my past and with faith I will persevere in my quest to understand my own true motivations, for these beacons I once looked at them with pain and guilt. These markers will become testaments of hope as I find enlightenment on my journey.
Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism.
The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees for AA membership; we are self-supporting through our own contributions.
AA is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization or institution; does not wish to engage in any controversy, neither endorses nor opposes any causes.
Our primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety.
Before there was a "Big Book", Twelve Steps, Twelve Traditions, the "AA Grapevine" or General Service -- before there were meetings, clubs, conventions or any AA literature -- before there was an H&I committee, there was a visit to an Akron hospital where "one drunk talked to another."