From the December 1991 magazine.

When Other Activities Fail

Step Twelve - 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.

The Big Book devotes two chapters (five and six) to the first Eleven Steps. The Twelfth Step gets a chapter all its own--one whose fifteen pages, in comparison to the thirty-one pages that covered all the previous Steps, is disproportionately long. The significance of this imbalance is made clear at the start of that chapter: ". . .nothing will so much insure immunity from drinking as intensive work with other alcoholics. It works when other activities fail."

This is the major reason for the strong emphasis on this Step; and in fact, many of the Big Book's personal stories tell us that Bill W. and Dr. Bob lost no time in having new recruits go out to spread the word.

-- Jamie C.

W. Henrietta, New York

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