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Baby Steps Towards Soberity
1. The moment you realize you can't drink in safety, that your drinking has proved to affect your life in a negative manner you've made the first step in your new journey. Admission is a sign of courage because you have now chosen to change the course of your life. You have consciously realized that your life is unmanageable and that is caused from the affects alcohol has had on your life.
2. You relinquish the hold alcohol has had on your life and give yourself up to a greater power. Some chose to call their greater power God. What you chose to call that greater power is your choice. But you must be willing to give up the control because obviously you haven't done a very good job managing your life up to this point.
3. This simple statement says it all, Let Go, Let God, move on.
4. Take the time to list your faults, mistakes, the morals and values that you've lacked when you lost control due to the inner turmoil and reckless behavior caused by alcohol.
5. Admit to God, yourself an to another the problems created while you were drinking.
6. You are now ready to completely Let Go, Let God.
7. Ask God to remove your shortcomings as you take the next step in your journey.
8. Recalling the problems your drinking created, now reflect on the lives, the people your drinking affected, make a list with their names, what harm was done and apologize to each person individually.
9. When beginning this next part of your journey if your apology would cause someone harm them or others, do not approach them but ask God to forgive you. It is not our intention to cause someone harm nu-neccessairly.
10. Along your journey if you are at fault, admit that immediately and continue on.
11. Along your journey ask God for guidance, offer pray when needed and know that he will only answer or help in ways that he feels you need. Remember, everything happens for a reason. Wake up and ask God for one more day of sobriety and each night Thank God for allowing you one more day of sobriety.
12. Share you new found knowledge with other alcoholics, keep focused on these steps each and every day and use them as guidelines in living each day.
When beginning your journey take each step one day at a time. If ever you feel overwhelmed there will always be someone to help. Go to meetings, reach out, take phone numbers and ask God's help each and every day. This new journey is never ending you need to live these steps the rest of your life.