“Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.”
The principle of Step 5 is integrity – an unimpaired condition; soundness; adherence to a code of moral, artistic, or other values; the quality or state of being
complete or individual. What a principle! I don’t know about you, but this vocabulary was never a part of me in my drinking days.
As for the fifth step, this was terrifying to me for several reasons. First off, why would I want to tell someone all of the secrets that keep me drunk? Second, I am a coward, and unwilling to walk through fear. Third, why would I tell someone about my sex life? That’s none of your business!
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."