Chapter 6: Why it Doesn’t Work
Rarely have we seen a person fail who has thoroughly followed our crap (oops, I mean path). Those who do not recover are people who cannot or will not buy into our fallacious program. Usually men and women who know a few things about the sciences, rational thinking and have some common sense. There are such unfortunates; they are not at fault, they seem to have been born that way. They are naturally incapable of grasping and developing a manner of living which demands self delusion and adherence to erroneous ideas. Their chances are less than average. There are those too who suffer from grave emotional and mental disorders, but many do recover since they have no where else to go.
Our stories disclose in a general way what we used to be like, what happened and what we are like now. If you have decided you want to be like us and are willing to go to any absurd length to attain it, then you are willing to take certain steps. At some of these we balked and said “This is dumb, it obviously won’t work”. With all the earnestness at our command we beg of you to quit questioning us and take the cotton out of your ears and stick it in your mouth. Some of us tried to hold on to our old ideas but we had to discard them because they do not fit with the program. We had to let go absolutely.
Remember we are dealing with alcohol, a liquid substance which sits on a shelf or in someone’s fridge. Unless we drink it, it has no power whatsoever. But there is one who has all power, that one is God and he or she will prevent you from drinking it. Half measures availed us nothing, we stood at the turning point we asked his protection and care with complete abandon.
Here are the steps we strongly suggest as a program of recovery.
1. We admitted that we were powerless over alcohol and it can attack us at any time – that our lives are unmanageable (that means everyone).
2. Came to believe a power (whatever the heck you want) can prevent us from drinking and restore our sanity.
3. Made the decision to turn our will and lives to this power which was to our liking.
4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves which has nothing to do with drinking alcohol.
5. Admitted to God, to ourselves and to another human being why we screwed up and use “alcoholism” as an excuse.
6. Were entirely ready to have God remove our own screw-ups and make us grow halos over our heads.
7. Humbly asked him to remove our screw-ups which we caused in the first place.
8. Made a list of people we harmed in any way shape or form and became willing to fix the enormous damage that we caused due to our own screw-ups.
9. Called, emailed or instant messaged these people and made our apology.
10. Continued to see ourselves as screw-ups and alcoholics and this became our
11. Sought through prayer and meditation to make us chill out…
12. Having had a massive identity shift as the result of these steps, we carried this message to other alcoholics and practiced these principles everywhere we go.
Many of us exclaimed “Sounds pretty tough but I am willing to try anything at this point, do not be discouraged. Our success rate with this method is astronomical (about 5 or 10%). Remember we are definitely not saints (especially not Bill) we just believe in things which are incorrect. Just remember to keep that cotton in your mouth!
Our description of the alcoholic, the chapter to the agnostic and our personal screw-ups before and after made 3 things very clear:
A- That we are alcoholics always will be and cannot make rational decisions.
B -That no human power could change our mind about this.
C- That even God couldn’t change our minds about this either.