Once again, the conception of a higher power is flexible doesn’t necessarily mean a religious God. Ask God to help you be willing. This will help you find what makes you drink; removing these flaws will free yourself from drinking. He listened in wonder as I talked. 1-Page Summary 1-Page Book Summary of Alcoholics Anonymous: The Big Book . I was to right all such matters to the utmost of my ability. “But the actual or potential alcoholic, with hardly any exception, will be absolutely unable to stop drinking on the basis of self-knowledge. In Step 11, you discover the plan that your higher power has for you, and you gain the will to carry it out. Within 4 years, he was dead. But that was over now. The story of a chronic relapsing alcoholic addict who fell into a hole and how he found his way out of a seemingly hopeless situation, Understanding the difference between the REAL alcoholic or addict and the Hard drinker or user, ‘If I had heard all this GOD-talk when I first came into these rooms, I never would have come back!’. Besides, my gin would last longer than his preaching. The free version features the full text of the Big Book, prayers, personal stories, podcasts, meeting finder, and more! I honestly doubted whether, on balance, the religions of mankind had done any good. Alcoholics Anonymous originated the famous Twelve-Step program, which is now broadly used in addiction recovery outside of alcohol. Twelve Step Sponsorship…Its Opportunities and Its Responsibilities. For instance, your tendency to resent other people may worsen situations that cause you to seek alcohol. We made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others. What we really have is a daily reprieve contingent on the maintenance of our spiritual condition.”. I would not jump. We landed in England. In this 1-page summary, we’ll discuss the major ideas underlying Alcoholics Anonymous and give an overview of the Twelve Steps. Help other alcoholics recover. Drink was taking an important and exhilarating part in my life. Alcoholics Anonymous is likely the most well-known program for sobriety. Obviously it had not. It was only a matter of being willing to believe in a Power greater than myself. He could not, or would not see our way of life. Recovery is an ongoing process, not a one-time step. He wasn’t himself. My weary and despairing wife was informed that it would all end with heart failure during delirium tremens, or I would develop a wet brain, perhaps within a year. Drinking cold small beer. Part of the problem with studying AA is tied to how it’s run. We had long talks when I would still her forebodings by telling her that men of genius conceived their best projects when drunk; that the most majestic constructions philosophic thought were so derived. Why is this important? Our friends thought a lunacy commission should be appointed. Drinkers are like that. We were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character. My drinking assumed more serious proportions, continuing all day and almost every night.