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happinesstransformationto employersdistorted thinkingstealinghow it worksself honestylack of powerrecent additionsopen-minded and willingdistorted perceptionspeace in present momentcraving/allergy of the bodyfellowship vs progamStep 6unitybondage of selftrouble with the lawa few simple rulesthe programhopelessnesslocked upspiritual awakeningfeeling of separateness12 step callamendstestself-centered fearwilling to believesuicidal thinkingself-condemnationStep 10a design for livingservicesense of purposeproblem is not alcoholspiritualityself-willsense of purpose & valueprogressive diseasethe promisessense of belongingdouble-winnerconscious contact with a higher powerspiritual life vs alcoholic deathself knowledgeBig Book citationsStep7high bottomentertaining storiesamendatheistprocrastinationAA clergycommunication skillshospitalizations/rehabprinciplesinspirationspiritual actionsfollowing directionsStep Workshopbook studystep 4AA Pioneers (1930's-40's)separatnessprogram of actionfellowshipfaithloveanonymityrestless/irritable/discontentaccess to powerbelief vs faithStep 12hopeless state of mind and bodyConcerns with Higher Power/GodBig Bookserenityguilt3 legaciesfreedom from the obsessiongratefulgift of despairdestinyguilt & shame12 ConceptsblackoutCourage to changereal alcoholic vs. heavy drinkersteps in detailthe family afterwardalone/lonely & hopean inside jobrelapsehumilityrestored to sanityChapter 5honestycourage2015 ICallergystepsinspiringalone/lonelyspiritual experiencesexatheismStep 11the Big Book messagesaferage4 types of alcoholicstweakerinadequacynewcomersStep 5to wivescomplacencyshame & guiltpractice these principlesdefects of characterinsightfulforgivenessempathyPrideStep Workshopinferiority-insecurityprayer & meditationsingleness of purposedenialremoval of character defectsplaying Godinventoryold storiesisolationcompassionSelf-Centerendessone primary purposenext right thinginstitutionalizedinferiority/insecurityactionangersteps presented simplyself hatredgod consciousnessold ideasself-deceptionStep 2reality in sobrietythe solutionwindow of opportunityinsanityACA-Alanonbottomshomelessnessabusedespairperfectionismdry drunkmembershipdecisionspiritual maladytraditionssharing your experiencetoleranceself-centerednesssurrendersympathyfeargratitudeprisonStep 9lgbtkeep it simplefreedomemotional sobrietyStep 8bigotryHigher Power/Spirituality/Godworking with otherschangealcoholic family historygratitiudeSponsorshipopioidsnewcomerAA historyAA Convention Tapesalcoholic homehopeegorelationshipsfunnyyoung peopleagnoticspowerlessnessStep 3parentingbooze stops workingspiritual maintenancejailAcceptancemental illnessbinge drinkingrelief from obsession to drinkdual addiction4 Absolutesuncover/discover/disgardGodmoment of claritydepressionfacade of successgraceSpanish AA Speakersresolution to quitstep 7Step 1resentmentshappy/joyous/freespiritual solutiontough loveletting goBig Book Studymanipulationmental obsessionselfishnessvision for youwillingnessfamily historypowerless/unmanageablewomenfacade of professional successdefectiveanxietySpirituality vs Religion