“Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.”
I was in a lot of fear when I considered approaching some of the people on my Eighth Step list. When I was between 12 and 14 years old there were many children from my neighborhood whom I had harmed through selfish and inconsiderate acts that I detailed to my sponsor during my fifth step. I also had a lot of anger towards my step father for being heavy handed and a cheat, and putting him on my eighth step list seemed ridiculous. He hurt me and I felt I had done nothing wrong to him. I hadn’t been faithful to my wife and had spent family money on my own private excursions. I feared disclosing that to her even though we were then separated. I’m most grateful for sponsorship. There is always an action indicated for me to take that allows me to grow in the image of my creator, but I haven’t a clue what it is. A sponsor does.
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."