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Published March 2014.

Many Years, Many Gifts

A former area delegate discusses how working the Steps changed his life

The Twelve Steps are for me a process of preparation, action and results. The Third Step is no exception.

The preparation for Step 3 begins with working Steps 1 and 2. As I worked these Steps, I accepted in my heart that I was an alcoholic. This was a process of going from my head to my heart; accepting that I was powerless over alcohol. My life was in a shambles. There was a lengthy list that of things that testified to my unmanageability. I had problems with family, friends, bosses, co-workers, girlfriends, and the law. I had a couple of DWIs, and in the end, serious psychiatric problems. My life was indeed unmanageable by me.

-- Paul W.

Rochester, New York

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