From the April 1981 magazine.

A Disease Unlike Any Other

THE AA PROGRAM leads to "a spiritual awakening as the result of these Steps." Moral inventories, rigorous honesty, admitting to God and to other human beings our wrongs, asking God to remove our character defects, making direct amends, practicing prayer and meditation--all of these create spiritually awakened alcoholics no longer driven by the crazy compulsion to drink.

Free to enjoy useful, effective living, these alcoholics are transformed by the Twelve Steps into totally different human beings. Gradually breaking loose from dishonesty, self-centeredness, resentment, greed, and the rest of their destructive defects, they begin to breathe the air of freedom and to experience the promises on pages 83 and 84 of the Big Book.

-- P. M.

Riverside, Illinois

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