I tackled the Seventh Step about four months after I’d finally gotten sober. I had just completed the harrowing work of the Fourth and Fifth Steps and was anxious to preserve my momentum by moving along with all deliberate speed. After the experience of doing a thorough job on Steps Four and Five, the work of Six and Seven seemed like a pleasant walk in the park. I wrote down what I imagined was an exhaustive list of my character defects and set about asking my Higher Power to remove them. I incorporated the Seventh Step prayer into my daily meditation and prayers and waited confidently for evidence of a spiritual renaissance. I remember feeling like this might just be too easy, but chose to embrace the sneaky sense of relief that comes with doing the right thing at little or no cost to oneself.
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."