From the August 1974 magazine.

12TH STEP - Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these Steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.

Presenting a short, concise version of each of the Twelve Steps as one member experienced them

1ST STEP - We admitted we were powerless over alcohol--that our lives had become unmanageable.

ONE NIGHT, I won the raffle and, surely by the grace of God, chose the "Twelve and Twelve" book. Sober for a time, I had never given the slightest thought to the Steps. Hearing of them and seeing them on a printed card, I had sized them up as window dressing, something to give AA a good front.

Now I took the book home and at midnight started to look it over. Almost at once, the printed First Step told me that here was what I needed. AA changed in an instant from my mutual-aid notion to a thing without limit.

-- Bill C.

Hull, Massachusetts

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