What Really are the Twelve Steps For?

As it states in the Big Book of AA which is the ONLY book that I follow and is truly what all this anonymous work started from, it clearly says that “We alcoholics or addicts are UNDISCIPLINED. So we let God discipline us in the simple way we have just outlined.” If you read this far you are in Step Eleven. The next chapter is Chapter 7, “WORKING WITH OTHERS” or Step Twelve. So working the steps get us to a spiritual place where all we do in all affairs is see how we can help the next human being in any manner they may need. So in a sense, the whole purpose of the Steps is to grow into a human being that cares for others.

On page 77, line 4 it states, “Our real purpose is to fit ourselves to be of maximum service to God and the people about us.” I like that line so much I had it tattooed on my wrist. To me, it epitomized our purpose of what the Steps meant. The simple truth is the step allow us to grow into the human beings that society respects and we respect them. Not every person we meet will be full of happiness and joy, for them, we pray that they find a source of joy in their lives before their demise. It’s sad to see unhappy, discontent, people. Unfortunately, they live in our society. For the most part. People are happy and satisfied with their lot in life.

For the addict that still suffers, the Steps act like parents who had a good moral compass and instructions to live a loving and virtuous life. The first three steps are about God and how we interact with Him. Steps 4 for through 9 are about us and how we have lived our lives and the instructions for cleaning up those lives. Cleaning up our side of the street as it’s put. Step 10 through 12 are known as the maintenance Steps which we do every day to keep our recovery program intact. So to answer the question, “What really are the twelve steps for? To me and others who have gone through them, it means a new life, a clean life, a happy joyous life at that. Lastly, on page 164, the last two sentences say it all. “We shall be with you in the Fellowship of the Spirit, and you will surely meet some of us as you trudge the Road of Happy Destiny. May God bless you and keep you – until then.”